My Name is Deairrah Reese. I am from Alexandria, La born and raised. When I was about nine or ten years old, I was diagnosed with Vitiligo. I didn't understand what was going on. I became extremely angry and bitter. I hated my life. Due to those strong emotions and lack of understanding, I started to act out. It was pretty much a cry out for help. I had a bad attitude. I was hateful and rude. I wanted people to feel the hurt and pain I was feeling. At the same time I wanted my old self back. I wanted to be all black again.
One day I was cutting really bad in the mall and mother told me she said "Deairrah, inner beauty is the best beauty and if you don’t learn to have a better attitude, stop being so hateful and get yourself together you will never get your color back." That was enough for me. Those words stuck with me FOREVER. I got right instantly.
At one point my body was seventy-five percent white. I’m one of the rare cases where the color reverted back. Now, for the most part most of my skin color has come back. For about six years now I have never been so comfortable with the skin I’m in!
I am seeking help for a runway show that serves as a platform to raise awareness about the auto-immune disorder that is Vitiligo. It will be called the "Mask Off" Vitiligo & Albinism Awareness fashion show and banquet
. I am hosting it in my hometown, Alexandria, La on June 8, 2019. While Alexandria is aware of many conditions, Vitiligo is NOT one of them. My goal is to change that.
This project means everything to me because I want people, especially in my hometown, to be aware of Vitiligo and be educated about it. That way people with this condition and others might be able to walk into places and not be stared at, laughed at or whispered about due ignorance and misinformation.
Physical beauty is a plus however inner beauty is what matters the most. The “Mask Off” fashion show will showcase a different aspect of beauty. There will be a runway show followed by a small banquet. The models that are in the show will be available to meet, greet and take pictures with the guests. There will be guest speakers and the models will also discuss their experiences living with Vitiligo.
I’ve been working on this project for about nine months now with the love and support of Ms. Sharon King and the Litty Ligo™ Support Network!
(She’s the realest most loving, humble, supportive person I’ve ever come across). Your donation will provide accommodations and custom made gifts for participants and honorees of this event!
If you have any questions about this event, please feel free to contact myself or Sharon.
Thanks for your loving time and support!