OUAGADOUGOU (Reuters) – Long before she rose to fame in Burkina Faso, Line Banty became acutely aware of her albinism when as a young girl she was the only one in her family to get badly sunburned on a beach outing.
Now, as the presenter of a popular daytime entertainment show, in which she dominates the screen with her colorful wax dresses and wide smile, Banty, 27, is using her celebrity to inspire young albinos to fulfill their potential without fear or shame. In her words, to “rule the world”.
In 2015 she organized an albino street fashion show in neighboring Ivory Coast. On Facebook she has over 10,000 fans and her posts promoting albinism frequently receive hundreds of likes.
“I see myself heading a big foundation to help my albino brothers and sisters, and telling them: “Hey, we are like everybody else, it’s the skin that is different,” Banty said in her studio in Burkina Faso’s capital Ouagadougou after filming.
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