I noticed I had vitiligo at around age 4. I was teased & taunted by kids who were afraid of me because I looked different. Therefore I lived a life feeling ostracized from the time I was a child into young adulthood. I never felt black enough for the black race nor white enough for the white race! I’m an only child who had to fight my own battles and learn quickly to stand up for myself. I struggled deeply with insecurities, feeling defensive and victimized because I have Vitiligo. I began to lose tolerance for ignorance in the streets thrown at me, by kids and adults.
I am, in fact, multicultural with four different racial backgrounds: Black, Italian, West Indian and Panamanian.
After years of resenting people around me who looked "normal", I found refuge in formal professional dance training. Dance became my first love eventually leading me to study acting and singing. All I ever wanted was to be accepted by others then I could accept me, so I thought! However it wasn’t until I learned through years of trying to get in touch with who God was to me I began to love me for me without needing another person’s stamp of approval or validation.
As my relationship increased over the years with the God of my understanding I learned I’ve had his love all along. He created me this way for blessings and lessons of strength, courage, faith, character; loving others unconditionally because I know what it feels like to be left out of the running in life. Today I love and live freely without any resentments about myself, nor do I hold any towards anyone else, including God. I see people for who they really are and that has nothing to do with me nor who I aim to be; a beautiful, unique creation of God.