It was at the age of 12 that Ash Soto learned she had vitiligo. After a young girl asked her if she had showered with bleach, she began to feel embarrassed by her rapidly spreading vitiligo. The young woman, now 21, no longer feels any sense of shame and even enjoys the color of her skin.
Soto made the decision in her late teens that she would no longer let the color of her skin prevent her from achieving her goals. She began challenging herself every day by doing things like going out in public without a long-sleeved shirt. Soto’s body became a work of art after she overcame numerous obstacles. It really helps to bring out the different colors of my skin,” Soto told Daily Mail. “I never realized how beautiful my vitiligo was until I traced it with a black marker.” She has now painted her body to resemble numerous works of art, including Van Gogh’s “Starry Night,” and she has no plans to stop. What was once seen as a flaw is now something to be cherished and appreciated.