Blues guitarist Johnny Winter and raggae artist DJ Yellowman, also known as King Yellowman, are two famous musicians with albinism. Notable Oxford don William Archibald Spooner, known for his "spoonerisms," or deliberate switching of sounds in words for comedic effect, was described as albino.Continue Reading
Albinism affects approximately 1 in 17,000 people in the United States, according to the National Organization for Albinism and Hypopigmentation. People with albinism are often subject to persecution and alienation, according to the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies. In fact, in Tanzania, people with albinism are captured and killed by witch doctors who think albinos have magical powers.
South African model Thando Hopa is a former legal prosecutor who spoke about albinism in Africa in 2013. Another public figure, Shaun Ross is an albino African-American model cited by CNN and Huffington Post as a forerunner in the modern movement challenging the fashion industry's traditional cookie cutter notions of beauty, along with Stephen Thompson and Diandra Forrest.
Not all people with albinism have light skin and hair. Ocular albinism mostly manifests in the eyes, while the skin and hair may be slightly lighter than that of other biological family members. Many people with albinism have vision problems, which is one of the diagnostic symptoms of the condition. People with albinism have the same life expectancy and same general medical problems as people without albinism in the United States.Learn more about Conditions & Diseases