Choma Queens: Women living with albinism breaking barriers

There is no standard definition of beauty. You might not always see people from all kinds of backgrounds represented in the media, but there are definitely many women who are making waves that you should know about. Here are 5 queens living with albinism who are busting stereotypes and changing people’s perceptions.

Refilwe Modiselle 


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Refilwe Modiselle is well known for being the first albino model in South Africa. She started her modelling career at the age of 13 and has been a fave in the entertainment industry ever since. She really gained recognition when she became a model and ambassador for the store LEGiT.

The beautiful presenter and MC was also listed on Oprah’s Power List in 2013 for being one of the most powerful women locally and internationally. What a Queen!

Michelle Mosalakae 



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Michelle Mosalakae is an actress and one of the ambassadors of the international beauty company, Revlon.

Michelle was born andbred in the north of Pretoria has always believed that she would achieve all of her dreams. She is living proof that her genetic condition did not stand in the way of her goals.

“My mom always told me, ‘You’re different, and you need to embrace that, love yourself, and know that there’s something about you that will stand out as long as you have confidence in yourself.’” – Michelle Mosalakae.


Ava Clarke



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My next Queen is the young Ava Clarke. She is only 9 years old but has already made a name for herself, starring in the movie Milk and also in Beyonce’s Lemonade music video.

I admire her because she is very young, beautiful on both the outside and inside and she has overcome the negative long-held social stigmas that are associated with people living with albinism.

“Albinism is having a different skin and eye colour than your family, and having golden hair like me!” – Ava Clarke




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These twins are Rosemary and Christina Alubankudi Ajiboye and they’re into fashion. They encourage body positivity and inspire others to love the skin that they were born in, through their love for fashion.

“Use fashion to enhance yourself and conquer your confidence and be the best person you could be.” – Rosemary

“Enhancing yourself with a little bit of make up or fashion is not bad, but like beauty at the end of the day-  is your inner beauty, your attitude, your confidence.” – Christina

As you can see Choma, living with albinism does not mean that you can’t live your life to the fullest. These queens prove that it doesn’t matter how different you are, you are still beautiful and special.

I know that there are many more inspirational men and women living with albinism. If I’ve missed any of them in the articles, let me know in the comments below.

Remember, if you or a friend need advice or help, you can contact me here on Ask Choma, send me a Facebook Message, a Twitter DM, or a WhatsApp Message (071 172 3657).