Ashley Soto, the woman in these pictures, was diagnosed with a melanin disorder known as vitiligo when she was 12 years old. The disease causes skin to lose pigment in patches, varying in size and shape. Within a year, it had reportedly spread to 75 percent of her body. In an interview with the Daily Mail, the 21-year-old from Florida revealed that after being asked by another girl if she "showered with bleach" she covered up her skin out of embarrassment.
She told the Daily Mail,
I was so shocked that someone said that to me that I cried and cried, I didn't want to have the condition any more. It made me want to start hiding away from people and left me covering my skin, as I didn't want people to make fun of me.