Growing up, Tiffany was ridiculed by her uninformed peers, who taunted her by calling her “cow,” “Dalmatian,” “ghost face” and “burn victim.”
Boys wouldn’t even consider dating her due to her skin.
However, after Tiffany met another girl with vitiligo, who guided her to further support groups, she started gaining confidence.
Now she has gained so much confidence that she struts around like many of her twenty-four-year-old peers in bikinis while at the pool. She even tattooed a message for the world on her forearm:
She told Daily Mail:
“I wanted to share with people what it is, because that way they would learn something, rather than stigmatizing.”
“I decided to get the tattoo for that reason – to answer the questions in their heads and give them something to actually stare at.”
She says the response toward her tattoo has been amazing:
“Now people are like, ‘I love your tattoo.’ They ask questions about the condition and go away enlightened.”
“They know I didn’t get burnt in a fire. They know there’s a term for what I have.”
Tiffany first started noticing the spots on her skin around seven. At first her parents thought they were scars, but as they began to continue spreading they knew it was something more.
After attempting to cover up for so long, Tiffany now lives the way she wants to:
“Now I only wear a little bit of make-up and the rest of my body I don’t cover at all. I wear shorts and don’t care what anyone thinks.”
While boys may have been mean to her growing up, thats a far cry from where she is now—Tiffany is getting married in September to 29-year-old police officer Jonathan Grant.