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Blog: The future of modeling

(CNN) — It’s well known the fashion industry is one of the toughest to break into. To conform to the traditional stereotype of a model you need to be skinny, stunning and have legs that go on forever, right?

Try telling that to Refilwe Modiselle — she’s breaking all the rules while sashaying down the catwalk as Africa’s first albino model.

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“I was being tenacious and saying ‘no, wait a minute. This is a different representation of what African beauty is,'” Modiselle tells CNN.

“You’re told that a black child should be brown-skinned, but what do you then call a girl like myself? I’m not tall either. But there I was modeling with the likes of your Adiambo’s, your famous models that have really done well.”

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