MAILONLINE (UK) – An albino teenager who was abandoned as a baby because of how she looked is taking the modelling world by storm.
Xueli Abbing, 16, who was left outside an orphanage in China by her parents, is rapidly building a successful career, even featuring in the pages of Vogue Italia, while simultaneously breaking down the stigma surrounding her condition.
After being adopted by a Dutch family, Xueli moved to the Netherlands to live with her new mother and sister Yara, and she began modelling at 11.
Compiled in a gallery by Bored Panda, pictures show her striking beauty as she poses in stunning photos, wearing a vibrant collar made from colourful flowers or a wreath of dandelions.
As well as magazine shoots and catwalk work, she has also modelled for accessories giant Kurt Geiger.
She uses her platform to celebrate differences, raise awareness about albinism, and inspire others to embrace their natural beauty.
Having worked with some of the greatest fashion photographers and brands, Xueli has been featured in Vogue Italia and said the industry is ‘changing’.
She said: ‘In modelling, looking different is a blessing not a curse and it gives me a platform to raise awareness of albinism.
‘There are still models who are like eight foot two and skinny but now people with disabilities or differences are featured more in the media and this is great—but it should be normal.’
Having worked with some of the greatest fashion photographers and brands, Xueli has been featured in Vogue and said the industry is ‘changing’
She first began modelling by accident after her mother got in contact with a designer from Hong Kong who was designing clothes for her son, according to the BBC … Click here to read more.