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Thando Hopa wants albinos to shine

 

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June 29 th, 2015

South African model Thando Hopa is leading the fight to change the perception of albinism. She was a Johannesburg lawyer when she’d been approached several times to become a model. When designer Gert-Johan Coetzee crossed her path in 2012 she still refused to take on modelling. However, she made a rational decision when her sister told her she could change the perception of albinism. Raised by an educated filmmaker mother, she had been pampered by an engineer father who always told her she was “the most beautiful little girl”. Hopa explained that even in SA, where cases of albino killings and organ trafficking are rare, much remains to be done. She said some would wish her good luck with warming hugs and others would look down spitting to ward off an evil spirit believed to be carried by albinos.


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