South African model Thando Hapo is the first woman with albinism to cover Vogue

“I once said to a close friend that it would really be lovely to see a woman with albinism on a Vogue Cover,” South African model, activist and lawyer Thando Hopa wrote on her Instagram. “I would not have imagined that that woman would be me.”

With her eyes gently closed and her head tilted towards the sky, Hopa has made history as the first woman with albinism to grace the cover of Vogue. The model is the highlight of Vogue Portugal’s “Africa Motherland” edition, an homage to Africa as the cradle of humanity, reads a tweet from the magazine’s Twitter account. The issue seeks to celebrate the full spectrum of African beauty and also features Sudanese model Alek Wek in an alternate cover of the April edition.

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