'Skin condition turned me white'

19/08/09

A woman with a skin problem called vitiligo, the same condition Michael Jackson claimed to have, says she wants to raise awareness of the condition. The pigment in 23-year-old fashion designer Darcel De Vlugt's skin started changing colour when she was five. She says she had to put up with schoolground taunts after developing white spots all over her body and describes some of the bizarre treatments she was prescribed to try to stop it.

Darcel De Vlugt
Image caption Darcel De Vlugt started turning white when she was five years old
Darcel De Vlugt (aged five)
Image caption Darcel said kids taunted her at school after she started changing colour