Opening Up About Her Vitiligo Taught This Model That Being Vulnerable Is Not The Same As Being Weak

"I think we need more positive role models of women who are comfortable in their own skin."

Model Behavior is a series highlighting fashion models promoting body positivity, and working to create inclusivity and diversity within the industry by expanding our definition of conventional beauty.
Model Behavior is a series highlighting fashion models promoting body positivity, and working to create inclusivity and diversity within the industry by expanding our definition of conventional beauty.

In July 2016, we told you about model and holistic nutritional therapy practitioner Breanne Rice. Rice has vitiligo, an autoimmune disorder that causes the skin to lose pigment on different parts of the face and body. After her diagnosis at 19, she spent most of her 20s covering up her condition under layers of makeup. 

After almost a decade,  Rice had enough with the foundation and she decided it was time to embrace her natural beauty. She posted a makeup-free post on Instagram where she opened up about accepting her vitiligo while encouraging others to celebrate the things that make them unique. 

Rice's inspiring post went viral and caught the attention of a production company.

Rice is now bringing her story to a global audience with the Too Ugly For Love? TV show for Discovery Channel, airing on TLC U.K.. Rice told A Plus via email that the documentary series is about individuals who have medical conditions, and how that affects their everyday lives, relationships, and careers. 

Jonathan Timmes
Jonathan Timmes

Rice was inspired to do the show to spread her message of self-love and positivity, and hopefully help others find strength within themselves.  

"I think we need more positive role models of women who are comfortable in their own skin, feel beautiful, and love themselves in how they are uniquely made," she told A Plus. "I was was given this opportunity and platform to do so, and I wanted to be able to share my story to help inspire others to do the same."

Jonathan Timmes
Jonathan Timmes

During filming, Rice also spoke about her journey to self-acceptance, and how it changed her for the better. She explained how her director told her, ''You know, you're one of the most confident women I've ever met, so when you talk about being insecure, it's like you're talking about someone else.'' 

That moment had a major impact on Rice, as it showed just how far she had come. "It really stuck with me, because I do feel like I'm talking about someone else," she said.

"I used to have a different mindset, and now I am a different person because I've learned to feel confident and embrace and love my uniqueness."

Jonathan Timmes
Jonathan Timmes

The message that Rice hopes people will take away from the show is that they can feel confident and beautiful in their own skin. "They can achieve their dreams, be successful and do anything they have set their mind to," she said. "That they would be inspired by my story, and know that being beautiful doesn't mean you're perfect or you look like everyone else. Being beautiful means being you, and loving yourself in how you are uniquely and individually made."

"I used to think that being vulnerable was a sign of weakness, but now I think being vulnerable is a sign of strength and boldness.

"It only takes one person to make an impact, and you never know what one powerful decision can do. All of these opportunities presented themselves when I was vulnerable and decided I wanted to make an impact, and to help inspire others to love themselves and feel beautiful and confident in their own skin."

Now those are words we can all get behind.