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'Men find my skin condition irresistible but women are rude'

SKIN CONDITION: Takeisha Archbald was diagnosed with vitiligo at 27

A WOMAN with vitiligo has said that her rare skin condition leaves men weak at the knees - and women sick with envy.

Takeisha Archbald - known as Archie - is black, but has white patches covering her nose, lips, breasts, knees and back.

The 37-year-old was diagnosed with vitiligo, a condition that makes the skin lose its normal pigment and develop pale marks.

While many women would dread to have the eye-catching condition, Archie loves the attention and loves flaunting her white bits.

She said: “Men love my skin. They come up to me all the time and ask to kiss my white spots or tie my shoes.

“They call me exotic and beautiful. I love it.”

But although Archie has plenty of male admirers, she often finds that women are not as flattering, according to The Mirror.

She said: “Women often come up to me and tell me I should cover myself up or get medical treatment.

"I find it really offensive – they seem more bothered by my vitiligo than I am.”

The mother-of-two, who is the creative director of Miss Fancy Pants, an organisation that empowers young girls, first developed the condition when she was eight-years-old around her genitalia and knees.

But when she turned 27 she woke up one morning and her skin was drastically different.

White patches appeared on her face, hands, legs and bum – and they had not been there the day before.

She said: “My vitiligo had remained dormant for years and years and it wasn’t until I turned 27 I woke up one day and my entire face was white.

“It was alarming and an adjustment.”

After seeking treatment Archie was diagnosed with vitiligo, but the condition is incurable.

While there are treatments available to improve the colour of the white patches, Archie refuses to change her appearance.

She was also recommended counselling to cope with the sudden change of her skin – but had no need for it.

She said: “They said I would have a difficult time fitting into society or that I would wake up a little bit more depressed than others.

“That’s never been the case, I’m still a normal woman.

“I do like to wear make-up and I do like to feel sexy and all those things but not to the point where I want to cover my entire self up.

“I wear eyeliner and eyeshadow but I don’t wear concealer, blush or foundation.

“It already takes me enough time to find accessories, grab the perfect purse, the great shoes.

“I can’t see myself taking the fifteen or twenty minutes or however long it takes to cover up every part of my body that’s not perfect.

“Vitiligo is who I am and I just don’t allow it to take over my life.”

Archie used to weigh 268lbs and lost 142lbs – a whopping nine stone – through a gastric bypass and healthy diet.

Now she has been diagnosed with Crohn’s disease, a chronic inflammatory condition that affects the intestines.

However upbeat Archie is taking Crohn’s and vitiligo in her stride and spreading her positive outlook to her two adopted daughters Alexis, 16, and Monica, 15.

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