vit·​i·​li·​go | \ ˌvi-tə-ˈlī-(ˌ)gō How to pronounce vitiligo (audio) , -ˈlē- How to pronounce vitiligo (audio) \

Definition of vitiligo

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

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In 2018, CoverGirl continued to push past stale definitions of beauty, starting by teaming up with Amy Deanna, a Texan model with vitiligo. Leah Prinzivalli, Glamour, "The 10 Most Groundbreaking Beauty Campaigns of 2018," 22 Dec. 2018 In a year when Winnie Harlow walked the Victoria's Secret runway, vitiligo is seeing more representation than ever. Leah Prinzivalli, Glamour, "The 10 Most Groundbreaking Beauty Campaigns of 2018," 22 Dec. 2018 People with dermatologic conditions like psoriasis and vitiligo should consult their dermatologist before getting tattoos. Hannah Dylan Pasternak, SELF, "8 Things You Should Definitely Know Before You Get Your First Tattoo," 31 Oct. 2018 Models are just starting to get confirmed for the annual runway spectacular, and while there have been slight gains in diversity, including the first model with vitiligo, the VS team has yet to cast a disabled model. Jessica Andrews, Teen Vogue, "Madeline Stuart Wants to Be the First Model With Down Syndrome to Walk in the Victoria's Secret Fashion Show," 12 Sep. 2018 The images captured women with arm crutches, type 1 diabetes, vitiligo, and more, wearing everything from the brand's signature bralettes to matching workout apparel. Amira Rasool, Allure, "Aerie's Latest Lingerie Campaign Features Models With Disabilities and Chronic Illnesses," 12 July 2018 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

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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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