Young man with same skin condition as Michael Jackson becomes a model
A young man with the same condition as Michael Jackson has embraced his patchy skin to become a model.
Nile Goodlad, 20, from Walsall, West Mids, developed vitiligo – a condition that causes the skin to lose its pigmentation causing white patches on the body.
The aspiring model has symmetrical vitiligo that began on his arms, legs and chest but as he got older the condition worsened and he has recently developed patches on his face.
As a teen, Nile tried to cover his patches and often felt self-conscious but now thanks his family and friends, he feels comfortable in his own skin.
And despite receiving stares from strangers in the street, Nile is proud of his unique patches and has now turned to modelling in the hope of showing how important diversity is.
Nile, an animal rescue volunteer, said: “I have finally learnt to love my patchy skin and to be able to show it off to the world is amazing.
“Since I have started modelling I have been given so many great opportunities and I am really passionate about raising positive awareness for vitiligo.
“In my early teens I tried to cover up my patches, there was a lot of peer pressure on how you looked and dressed, but now I wouldn’t dream of covering myself up.
“I was about nine years old when I first noticed it, I was in out and out of hospital quite a lot but was never really diagnosed but I do remember a doctor sitting me down and explaining what the condition was.
“At first I felt really sorry for myself, I always felt like saying why me but now I always say why not me.
“People always ask if I have the same condition as Michael Jackson, and I do get people staring at me in the street, but mostly people are just curious and I am always more than happy to explain what it is.”
Nile was self-diagnosed with vitiligo at the age of nine when he started to notice patches of his skin changing colour.
Vitiligo can occur at any stage throughout a person’s life and is not limited by race or gender – but the condition can be caused by a trauma and is often linked to health conditions.
He added: “I’m lucky, I have never been bullied for being different and growing up in such a diverse area has really helped people accept me for who I am.
“And even if I was bullied I don’t think it would have affected me, I have always been outgoing and confident, I have never been afraid to wear what I want.
“I do think that if I had got patches on my face earlier that things could have been different, children can be cruel sometimes, and even though there are camouflage creams available I have never used them.
“Being different modelling was not something I had thought about before, I studied animal management at college and my dream had always been to work with animals.
“But a friend of a friend spotted me on twitter and asked me to model for a few projects that she was doing, that’s when I started getting noticed by modelling agencies.
“My auntie had been following Winnie Harlow on America’s Next Top Model and encouraged me to look more into it, that’s when I found AMCK MODELS.
“The agency celebrates diversity and I liked the fact that it was all men and all of the models seemed to have their own unique style.”
AMCK MODELS invited Nile to London for a test shoot and later asked him to sign with them.
He has since landed his first modelling job for fashion brand DSTRB.LDN.
Despite being confident in front of the camera, Nile has admitted that his condition has affected him more than ever over the past year as his patches continue to develop across his face.
Nile said: “I am only human and I do get a little self-conscious sometimes.
“From time to time I notice people do stare at me and they can be quite rude and ignorant.
“But usually people are just curious and they will stop me in the street and ask about my condition, I love the attention and I am more than happy to tell them about it.
“When I see others with the condition I stare too as I think it’s really interesting to see how the patches form on different people.
“Vitiligo is just a condition that means your skin is a different colour but it doesn’t determine your abilities and who you are as a person.”