INSPIRATIONAL: She Hid Her Vitiligo For 12 Years Now She’s Ready To Own It

Former Bachelor contestant and model – Breanne Rice is finally exposing her bare face to the world, after spending 12 years hiding it.

Rice, 31, was diagnosed at 19 with vitiligo – which is an autoimmune disorder that causes random parts of the skin to lose its pigmentation. For many years, Rice would spend countless hours applying makeup in an effort to conceal her beautiful imperfections.

“I would put on a first layer of a very thick concealer to make it look like I had pigment. Then, I have naturally an olive skin tone, so I had to create a blend there. I felt like I had to cancel out all these things on my face to look normal. It was a long process everyday to get outside” she told People Magazine.

Rice, who is now nutritional therapy practitioner has finally come to terms with her disorder is now proudly showing off her beauty marks for the whole world to see. She posted this on her Instagram back in March:

At 19, I was diagnosed with vitiligo, and it spread rapidly causing me to lose over half of the pigment on my face. Yeah. Not the bottom of my foot or my arm..but ONLY on my face. I got really good at doing my makeup, and I didn’t want anyone to know about it. I couldn’t look in the mirror without crying, and feeling unattractive. When I am exposed to the sun, it tans my healthy skin and leaves my vitiligo even more noticeable. It’s taken me a very long time to be able to go public with this, and to walk around publicly without any makeup. Why? Because it’s my face. Although I would like to say I am super confident and it never gets to me, sometimes it does. Some days people make comments saying “what happened to your face?!” Sometimes if I have a crush on someone I am worried about them seeing me without makeup and worry that they won’t think I’m cute. It’s like ohh hey by the way..this is the real me underneath all this. You know what though, I own it. There’s not much I can do about it. I can only love myself, and not let my circumstances define my value or self-worth. What is the definition of beautiful anyway? Is it being perfect? What do you see when you look in the mirror? Perhaps you have a circumstance or something about yourself that you are insecure about. Don’t let it define you. You deserve love, and you are beautiful ? #vitiligo #beauty #perfect #seattle #health #holistic #nutrition #inspire #encourage #love #selfworth #loveyourself #digestion #autoimmune #vitiligoselfie #vitiligolove #vitiligobeauties #healing #healthyskin #skin #pigment #inspiring #inspirational #vitiligo #love #selflove #beauty

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For the past few months, she has been documenting her journey with the disorder and what strategies she has incorporated into her life to help her manage the disease. One of those methods was changing her diet.

“I went through a series of events and suffered a lot of trauma all at once, which pushed my immune system over the edge(stress also depletes us of B-vitamins). I had to address my body as a whole, and take 10 steps back to take one step forward. I worked on building my immune system, taking down the inflammation in my GI Tract and focused on digestion. Guess what? My skin began to receive pigmentation back(especially on my chin), and I began to digest and absorb nutrients” she said in an Instagram post.

Rice’s overall message in all of this is super important. Nobody is perfect and that is completely okay. It’s okay to be different. It’s okay to deviate from the norm but it’s not okay to not stay true to yourself and to love every flaw and imperfection. Through her story, Rice hopes that she can serve as an inspiration to others and to show that it’s completely okay to be you.

“It’s not about me – I want to make an impact on people’s lives in a positive way. We need to let go of that standard of beauty we have and learn to accept ourselves. And not find a value in what we look like” she said in her interview with People.

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