There are no definite descriptions of how a human perceives beauty, it is bound to no forms. Rather, it takes on a million possibility that no one can ever measure even with scientific tools. However, we humans are bound to our own vision and culture. We learned to categorize what beauty really means in order to agree upon a definition and discarding what deems unfit in our own eyes. Whatever the truth may be there is beauty that we never appreciate, even to the point of labeling it as a disorder.
Albinism is a congenital disorder which is known by the complete or partial disappearance of the skin pigments of the person affected by it. The word came from the Latin term, “albus”, Which means white and has affected between one in 17,000 and one in 20,000 people around the world. Unfortunately for Albinos, because of their unusual complexion, they are mocked, discriminated and are also violently victimized. They may have faced challenges in their life because of their skin, viewed indifferently by various cultures and society but we can’t deny the power and beauty that they show-off each time we laid our eyes upon their beautiful skin.
Meet the gorgeous 8-years old Albino girl that is dubbed as “Siberia’s Snow White”, Nariyana. Nicknamed after the popular fairy tale beauty, Nariyana is definitely a head-turner, catching the attention of various modeling agencies because of her unique exquisiteness.
Currently, she lives in Yakutia, Siberia. She is the only albino from both sides of her family. “She is the most unusual person I’ve met,” as photographer Vadim Rufov have said.
Despite her appearance, her pale hair and fair skin captured the hearts of the people around her and received multiple offers from modeling agencies.
However, her mom doesn’t want her to pursue the career yet because of her young age. “We have already got many offers from modeling and advertising agencies but I don’t want her to work yet,” she said. “When she grows up, she’ll choose who she wants to be for herself.”
In spite of her distinctiveness, Nariyana has grown confident of her own appearance and is not afraid to show her unique beauty, even proclaiming to her mother what she wants to be.
“When I ask her now, she says she wants to be a model,” says her mother.
As Zoe Kravitz puts it, “Beauty is when you appreciate yourself. When you love yourself, that’s when you’re most beautiful,” Nariyana will always be a living proof that beauty begins when you embrace the words, “I am beautiful,” whatever people may say.