The letters “Xue” and “Li” in her name, which was given to her by the orphanage workers, stand for snow and lovely, respectively. Due to her albinism at birth, she was given this name.
Due to a hereditary disorder called albinism, a person’s melanin levels are lowered and they get pale skin, hair, and eyes.
She was given a loving home after being adopted by a family in the Netherlands. She was approached to pose for a designer in Hong Kong when she was 11 years old for a photoshoot where he wanted to showcase many types of beauty.
In an interview with the BBC, Abbing remarked, “She termed the ad ‘perfect imperfections’ and asked if I wanted to attend her fashion show in Hong Kong. She said, “It was a fantastic experience.
Several nations across the world discriminate against people who have albinism. They may even be “hunted” in some cases due to the mythical therapeutic value of their bones. Abbing has remarked, “I’m happy I was merely abandoned.”
Sometimes albino models are employed as props to portray angels or spirits, which, according to Abbing, “makes me unhappy.”
Nonetheless, Abbing had the good fortune to work with a London-based photographer who treated her with the respect that every model deserves. The outcome was a gorgeous photo shoot. Even Vogue Italy purchased one of the photographs from it for use in its June 2019 edition.
It took a while for me to understand why people were so thrilled about the magazine since, at the time, I didn’t know what an important publication it was, says the author.
Abbing has challenges unique to being a model. She has 8 to 10% eyesight, making it unpleasant for her to gaze straight at camera flashes. Yet her desire to advocate for others who lack traditional beauty, like herself, keeps her going.
Although more individuals with impairments or abnormalities are being highlighted in the media, she noted in the interview, “There are still models that are like eight foot two and slim. This is fantastic, but it should be typical.”
Maybe I concentrate more on people’s voices and what they have to say since I can’t see everything clearly, she added. Thus, I place greater value on a person’s inner attractiveness, she claims.
She aspires to change the world and inform others about her disease. In order to raise awareness of albinism and to emphasize that it is a hereditary illness rather than a curse, she wants to use modeling. As being “an albino” implies that you are defined by your albinism, it is preferable to refer to the subject as “a person with albinism.”