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5-year-old Albino Boy becomes a model for Primark after mum shares his picture on Facebook

Albinism is an inherited condition that results in pigmentation in the skin, hair and eyes, making the sun and bright light more vulnerable. Due to a lack of melanin, almost all people with albinism are visually handicapped and are susceptible to developing skin cancer, but are otherwise perfectly healthy and can lead a long and satisfying life.

The 5-year-old Elijah Enwerem from Willenhall, England, has always been a bit shy to be different, but learns to embrace his unique look after making modeling contracts for Primark, a clothing store based in the UK.

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& # 39; The father of Elijah and I did not know we were carriers of the condition. As far as we know, no one in our immediate family has ever had the condition, & Lucy & # 39; s mother Lucy Bored Panda. "The biggest difficulty is the effect on the eyes …. Elijah has nystagmus (wobbly eyes) and although he is lucky because his zero point is right, it can tire his eyes and give him headaches, it also affects the level of his vision so he is classified as "visually impaired" … this means he does not see things with the same clarity as you or I. His vision was reviewed a few weeks ago and we were told he would not be able to get a car If he is older, he also has light sensitivity – bright light hurts a lot, in the summer he peeps his eyes out and under bright light he complains about the pain.When he was a little baby, he would be constantly scream and I now think I know more about the situation that probably owed it – he was born in the summer and we spent a lot of time outside. "

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Despite all the attention Elijah remained very shy about his appearance – he refused to deal with people, even though they often came to the street and touched him. Since he was modeled, his trust has grown enormously. He will politely thank people when they say how wonderful his hair is or how beautiful he is. He would growl sooner! & # 39;

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"I have heard him say to other children:" Do you know that I am really Black? If you took off my skin, my blood is black. My blood is African. "This was after our attempts to explain his albinism and the differences that he has with his little brother." He also said: "Know your mommy I must be brown," I replied, & # 39; Elijah, you're exactly like the universe you meant, there's no supposed to be anything, and he's pretty happy with it, for a reason. "

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"At first he thought he was the only boy who had albinism & # 39; only me and the animals & # 39; (he had seen albino lions and tigers etc. and thought they were super cool!) But then I got him more show children and adults we have contact with on Instagram, also the American model Ava Clarke (the similarities between them are pretty weird! They look like brothers and sisters!) And a few male models from the UK, Leo Jonah and Jordan Charles. "

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"We actually meet Jordan in London on Saturday so they can do a shoot together, we're in London for London Kids Fashion Week, where Elia runs two designers on Friday and Saturday, and he's very excited!"

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"Modeling was strictly an outlet for them all the attention that Elia gets in something positive for him, I am not if it is something he will pursue as he gets older – he is more intentions to somehow He wants everyone to be nice to animals and to each other He wants to make sure everyone has a house and nobody has to sleep on the cold streets (these are his words!) He is also a huge super hero fan (he is obsessed with Black Panther and the Avengers) so on some days he just wants to be a superhero and he is also a very talented gymnast who works well over his years. "

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"He absolutely loves his models, even though he's pretty shy about it, loves the adventures, and I think when he's being photographed – it's great to see him in front of the camera because he's so natural, he sees look so comfortable. "

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"He is such a good boy at school and does very well in his classes, his teachers are very supportive and from speaking to the Director they are all very proud of him."

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"Elijah is a very happy young man, born here in the United Kingdom as a loving and supportive family, others with albinism are not so lucky The stigma that people with albinism (pwa) suffer in other countries is frightening. a lack of equipment, even simple things that we take for granted, such as sunscreen. "

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"I would like to think that Elia helps to spread the awareness of the disorder and to reject some of the myths about people with albinism.He is a bright, caring, beautiful young man who celebrates his differences and hopefully conveys the message that being unique a beautiful thing, we are all unique and special and deserve love and kindness. "

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Myths and stigma around albinism are commonplace, especially in sub-Saharan Africa where the disorder is more common and there is a greater contrast with the predominantly darker population.

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In Western countries, where it is estimated that 1 in 17,000 newborns are affected, discrimination may consist of swearing, persistent pests and bullying of children with albinism.

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In some South African countries such as Tanzania and Zimbabwe, the superstition about albinism has led to rejection, abandonment and even ritual murders.

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To counter misunderstandings, provide health care and increase awareness of albinism, legendary Malian musician Salif Keita, who was born with the disease, founded The Salif Keita Global Foundation.

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Slowly but surely people are becoming more familiar with albinism and those who live with it, find it easier to feel accepted and more socially integrated.

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This is what people had to say about Elijah's story

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