vit·​i·​li·​go | \ˌvi-tə-ˈlī-(ˌ)gō, -ˈlē- \

Definition of vitiligo 

: a skin disorder manifested by smooth white spots on various parts of the body

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Aerie is being praised for its latest campaign featuring a diverse range of real and unretouched models, including those in wheelchairs, with crutches, insulin pumps, hearing aids, vitiligo, Down syndrome, fibromyalgia, cancer and more. Michelle Gant, Fox News, "Aerie's latest inclusive campaign featuring women with disabilities and medical conditions praised online," 12 July 2018 Having vitiligo has taught me so much about myself and what 'beauty' actually is. Marci Robin, Allure, "This Portrait Series Lets People With Conditions That Affect Their Appearance Respond to Rude Comments," 11 June 2018 The updated fashion figures come in a range of skin tones and have features like freckles, stretch marks, and vitiligo. Shannon Barbour, Cosmopolitan, "This Clothing Store's Mannequins Will Be Much More Diverse From Now On," 22 Feb. 2018 Taking that to heart is 20-year-old photographer Peter DeVito, who has released an extensive collection of pictures featuring subjects with vitiligo, albinism, freckles, and birthmarks all in an effort to reclaim the stigma against them. Zoë Weiner, Teen Vogue, "Skin Condition Photo Series Features Models With Albinism and Vitiligo," 11 June 2018 More on Winnie Harlow: Watch why this student won't be bullied for vitiligo: Follow Marci on Instagram and Twitter, or subscribe to Allure's newsletter for daily beauty stories delivered right to your inbox. Marci Robin, Allure, "Winnie Harlow Says Makeup Artists and Hairstylists Are Still Failing Black Models," 3 June 2018 Taylor says that visibility for vitiligo is getting better thanks to models like Winnie Harlow and Deanna. Rachel Nussbaum, Glamour, "Women With Vitiligo Are Finally Feeling Seen," 21 Feb. 2018 Not even 24 hours later, UK fashion brand Missguided unveiled mannequins with vitiligo. Rachel Nussbaum, Glamour, "Women With Vitiligo Are Finally Feeling Seen," 21 Feb. 2018 Meanwhile, more folks with vitiligo are celebrating their unique looks on social media. Bethany Hines, CNN, "Young woman's skin condition leads to splotchy appearance -- and a modeling contract," 21 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of vitiligo

circa 1842, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for vitiligo

New Latin, from Latin, skin eruption

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vit·​i·​li·​go | \ˌvit-ᵊl-ˈī-(ˌ)gō also -ˈē-\

Medical Definition of vitiligo 

: a progressive skin disorder that is a form of leukoderma caused by the localized or generalized destruction of melanocytes and marked by sharply circumscribed white spots of skin

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