Ash Soto was diagnosed with vitiligo when she was 12. She began to feel ashamed as her vitiligo started spreading. She felt awkward when a little girl asked her if she was showered in bleach. Now 21-year-old embraces her skin despite of feeling ashamed.

In her teenage Soto decided that she won’t let her skin hold her back anymore, so she started setting new challenges like walking on street with sleeveless shirts. Eventually the challenges led Soto turning her body into a beautiful art.

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“I never realized how beautiful my vitiligo was until I traced it with a black marker, it really helps to bring out the different colors of my skin,” Soto said to Daily Mail.

Now she has made her body look like so many different pieces of art  including Van Gogh’s Starry Night. “Now what others would perceive as an imperfection I have made into something more beautiful and made it more accepted than before.”

Vitiligo is a rarest skin disease which causes pigment loss, leaving large white patches all over body. Doctors aren’t sure exactly what causes vitiligo, but think it may be an autoimmune disease, according to the National Institutes of Health. Autoimmune diseases happen when someone’s immune system attacks parts of their body.

There are some treatment to cure these pigments but they are not much effective, according to NIH.

Soto has become an outspoken advocate for people with vitiligo and has been posting beautiful photos of her skin to Instagram. In one post, she turned her body into an actual work of art.

Here are some more Instagram posts:

It's crazy what years difference can make, right picture was before I had vitiligo – always with a smile on my face and joking around, I was super outgoing. Bottom right is when my vitiligo first started spreading and that's when the jokes started which caused me to never wear shorts or short sleeves again. I've been called cow, I even was once told I had Michael Jackson syndrome. How can an innocent girl trying to find herself take that? Both pictures on the left represent confidence, making something negative into a positive. When life gives you lemons what do you do? Make the best of it. No, I wasn't born with it, I grew into it which was the hardest thing I've ever been through. But now I look back and I'm happy that I went through it because I wouldn't be as strong as I am today ?? #selflove #vitiligo #bodypositivity ?

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She has traced her skin patterns in several different colored markers and painted other designs on her skin, too.

“This project has been a way to show that what others might perceive as your flaws are actually what makes you beautiful and sets you apart from the rest,” she told.

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