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    Jun 19, 2018

    Skin Isn't Perfect And This Amazing Photo Series Proves We're All Beautiful

    No matter what, you and your skin are poppin'.

    If you've ever felt like you weren't beautiful because of your skin, trust me boo, you're not alone. Maybe it's just me, but sometimes I really have to side-eye brands that are always trying to push ~perfect skin~ onto us. Like, girl, back up. I want to see ALL skin types and conditions being celebrated.

    Shalita Grant

    Peter DeVito, a student at the Fashion Institute of Technology, did a photo series to normalize common skin conditions like albinism, vitiligo, and alopecia, and we're literally like, "YAAAAS, Peter!"

    "I was inspired by the body positivity movement," he told BuzzFeed's As/Is. "I love seeing posts about people accepting themselves for how they look, so I wanted to contribute to that in some way. I've been dealing with acne since I was in middle school and it used to make me very self-conscious."

    When it came to casting models for the series, DeVito utilized his resources, starting with social media. "I found my models through Instagram mainly, but I also reached out to modeling agencies and took suggestions from my friends," he said.

    "I always let the models choose what words we were putting on their faces. I told them they could either use a phrase that someone has actually said to them, or make a phrase based around a stigma that has been placed on them because of their skin."

    For Diandra Forrest and Keenan Javon, two models with albinism, their posts called out the things people have said in response to their condition.

    Bice, who has alopecia, decided to answer everyone who's ever questioned his baldness. "The reason I’m bald has nothing to do with who I am as a person,” he wrote on the post.

    Amy Deanna opened up about people's comments, like "no one will marry you with that skin," regarding her vitiligo.

    On DeVito's Instagram, he also chronicled other skin traits and types, like freckles and acne-prone skin, as well as larger cultural discussions around gender norms and colorism.

    "I hope that this project will help empower people," DeVito told As/Is. "I want it to show people that we need more models with all different complexions and skin types in order to accurately portray the world we live in."

    We can't wait to see more from Peter and other artists who are committed to showing us that ALL skin is beautiful!!!

    Shalita Grant

    What do you guys think of Peter's series? Let us know in the comments below!