Vitiligo, Voyage, Valour & Manisha Malik Cover story April 2021
1. You are one of those strong personalities who broke all kinds of skin stereotypes set by the conservative portion of our society. From going to doctors to travelling all over India, please tell us about your transformation.
Ans. Vitiligo started showing when I was 6 years old. For the next many years, we went from doctor to doctor and tried different treatments. I had to follow a strict diet and my whole life revolved around curing vitiligo and making my skin look “normal”, even though there was no guaranteed cure for it. When I grew up, I wondered why I was spending all this time, energy, and money to cure a condition that wasn’t even hurting me! It wasn’t worth it. Once I accepted myself, life became a lot easier and I was a lot happier.
2. Did you ever feel that Vitiligo is causing hindrance in your travel life? Also, is there any strong incident that happened to you on any of your trips that you would like to share with our readers?
6. Since you love visiting your village in Rajasthan, you have witnessed the rural life and its uniqueness. So do you feel that it is necessary to promote village tourism in India so that people can visit and experience the rural culture?
We see these flawless faces on TV, in advertisements, and now on social media too. Also, we are well aware that those flawless faces aren’t real. There’s an entire team of make-up artists, photographers, stylists that got them to look perfect. We cannot let all that affect us. We’re supposed to be the way we are. It’s our imperfections that make us, us. They make us unique. Why struggle to look like everyone else when we can be unique?