International model, lawyer, and activist, Thando Hopa is a force to be reckoned with. Hopa has transformed the face of fashion with her passion for challenging and addressing prejudices that exist in society. This fierce activist has (fully and unapologetically) embraced her unique beauty. She epitomes grace, power and humility and is a true inspiration. This is why she graced GLAMOUR September's (brand new look) issue last year.
And now she has made history as the first woman with albinism to grace the April issue of Vogue Portugal. Dubbed 'Africa Motherland,' the issue is "dedicated to origins and Africa, as the cradle of humanity". Hopa shared the exciting news on social media yesterday stating that this is a dream come true.
Taking to her IG account, she posted: "I once said to a close friend that it would really be lovely to see a woman with albinism on a Vogue Cover, I would not have imagined that that woman would be me. We are the ones we've been waiting for."
“I'm emotional, because I see progress and get to form part of a progressive story and narrative. I got to a place in my career where I appreciate every specimen of my body and knowing that whenever I go, my existence, the way it is has always and will always be enough," she wrote.
Congratulations Thando! Keep making us proud.