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Albino children and their brother take modelling world by storm and smash stigma

Trendsetters - By Mirror | November 16th 2020 at 11:40:57 GMT +0300
Nora, Shem and Ezra are fighting stigma one catwalk at a time (Photo: Julia Fullerton-Batten)

This family of beautiful child models are taking the catwalks by storm, beating the bullies – and raising awareness for albinism.

Nora Jones, ten, and her brother Shem, 16, were born with the condition that removes pigment from skin and hair.

Meanwhile brother Ezra, 13, has brown skin and black hair like their parents.

The family had to get used to being stared at – and Nora was even bullied.

Nora and Shem with their mother Maria and brother Ezra (Photo: Courtesy)

But now they have turned their looks to their advantage.

The kids all model for top firms like Nike and Primark and Nora has graced the pages of Italian Vogue.

And they are committed to raising awareness of albinism and campaigning for equality for all skin colours.

Mum Maria said: “My children are stunning, but they’re also courageous, inspiring and kind. And they’re redefining what it means to be beautiful.”

The kids all model for top firms like Nike and they are committed to raising awareness of albinism (Photo: Courtesy)

The siblings, from Gorton, Manchester, shot to stardom last year when healthcare worker Maria, 42, enrolled them at ­Zeb-edee Management model agency.

She said: “I’ve had people who simply wouldn’t believe Nora and Shem are my children, or that Ezra is their brother.

“People stare at us everywhere we go and Nora used to come home crying ­because other children were teasing her.

“Now when people stare at them it’s while they’re strutting down a catwalk.”

They have faced discrimination because of the condition (Photo: Courtesy)

Maria’s brother has albinism so she wasn’t surprised to have kids with the same condition. She has also set up a charity, Voice of Albinism, to raise awareness.

Of her kids she said: “I want them to know that when you have a condition you can still do anything that you want to do.”

Shem said: “I’m more willing to try new things now that I would not have dared do before I started modelling.”

Nora is determined to tackle discrimination. And her message is simple.

She said: “Don’t bully other people just because of the way they look... if they’re white or black. Because it’s not very nice.”


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