South African Model Thando Hopa Makes History As First Albino Person To Cover Vogue Magazine

"We are the ones we have been waiting for," wrote model Thando Hopa, quoting poet June Jordan.

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| April 08 2019,

7:59 pm

South African model Thando Hopa is the first Albino woman to cover Vogue.

MSN reports Hopa, a model, lawyer and activist, is on Vogue Portugal's April "Africa Motherland" edition. 

Vogue stated that the magazine issue is an ode "to origins" and to "Africa, as the birthplace of mankind," its tweet translated.

Hopa shared the captivating cover photo to her Instagram, writing that the honor is one that she hadn't even considered to be a possibility for herself.

OkayAfrica noted that albinism, a skin condition that lacks pigment in the skin, hair and eyes, still harbors negative connotations and even violent consequences in South Africa as well as many other African nations. 

"I once said to a close friend that it would really be lovely to see a woman with albinism on a Vogue Cover," Hopa wrote. "I would not have imagined that that woman would be me."

"'We are the ones we've been waiting for,'" Hopa quoted of the famous saying by poet June Jordan.

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"I'm emotional because I see progress and get to form part of a progressive story and narrative," she continued. "I got to a place in my career where I appreciate every specimen of my body and knowing that wherever I go, my existence, the way it is, has always and will always be enough."

It was not lost on Hopa that the historical moment was one of courage and intention. 

"Thank you to the people who advised, supported and contributed significantly to this journey, who harnessed the essence of representation and inclusion," she added, tagging a long list of contributors.

International supermodel Alek Wek graces the issue's alternative edition.

It's reportedly the second Vogue cover for the British-Sudanese beauty.

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