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Vitiligo Crusaders | Page 55 | A Yogini’s Vitiligo Story

Women are better at multitasking than men. Selina Reinhart, a 40-year-old vitiligo crusader from Germany is proving that right, every day.

Selina Reinhart

In the world of multi-tasking women, Selina Reinhart would be highly appreciated for wearing many hats. She is a preschool teacher, a Yoga instructor, a model and above all a full-time mother. She resides in Weilheim an der Teck (a town in the district of Esslingen in Baden-Württemberg in Southern Germany) where is she living her life to the fullest.

Selina had her first encounter with vitiligo when she was around 10 years old. While her childhood was pretty much like any other kid’s, teenage years were pretty rough. Selina shares some experiences, “People most of the time thought that I got burned. Some even asked if it hurt. And, some assumed that my skin must be dry because I looked a certain way.”

We must agree that almost all vitiligo fighters experience bullying in one or another form. Selina too is no different. She shares a bitter incident, “My kids got bullied in school because of me. They were told that their Mommy looks like a cow. I never ever anticipated if something like this could ever happen.”

Selina loves to read anything by Catherine Ponder. The author’s books help her heal emotional injuries in vitiligo and make her feel fantastic. She also thinks Winnie Harlow represented vitiligo pretty well in the fashion industry. After all, it’s the Canadian model that brought everyone’s attention to vitiligo and made it a topic of conversation on public platforms.

Today, Selina loves the skin she is in. However, there are few things she wishes she didn’t have to deal with. “Vitiligo makes me feel really special, and I like the way I look. I think living with vitiligo comes to a point where it gets comfortable. But, there is also a part of me that always feels uncomfortable. During the summer, I can’t really enjoy laying on the beach. I start looking like a red crab in just 5 minutes. I just wish if my skin wasn’t that sensitive to the sun,” the 40-year-old Yogini pours her heart out who was recently photographed by Brock Elbank for his well-received photographic series on vitiligo.

We wish Selina all the best for future. We want her to remain the way she is – a beautiful, confident woman who is representing vitiligo in a different and positive light.

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