The appearance of Diandra Forrest at the fashion stage set the haute couture scene in commotion. This blonde Afro-American girl was born albino.
Diandra came to the model business when a representative of the Elite modeling agency saw her at one of the Manhattan supermarkets. Now her face often appears on the covers of fashion magazines and the girl’s life seems all fixed but it wasn’t always so. Albinism happens seldom, especially among dark-skinned people.
Albinism means the absence of skin, hair or iris pigment. The chance that this congenital phenomenon will occur is 1 to 17,000. Since albinos have no melanin protection against sunrays, they have to avoid direct exposure to the sunlight. People with albinism are often taunted for their unusual skin and eye color.