11-Year-Old Twins with Albinism Are Taking the Fashion World by Storm

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As the fashion world continues to evolve, models whose looks fall outside of conventional beauty standards are now finding spots in the limelight. Earlier this year, we met Diandra Forrest, a model with albinism who has helped to redefine beauty with her impressive editorial fashion career. Following in her footsteps are São Paulo-based twins Lara and Mara Bawar. They’re only 11 years old, but they’ve already made waves by embracing their rare genetic condition—something that only 1 in 17,000 children are born with it. Like Forrest, Lara and Mara have done so through high-fashion photography.

The twins’ big debut came thanks to photographer Vinicius Terranova. Through his series called Flores Raras (translated, it means Rare Flowers), he showcased Lara and Mara’s unique attributes. “My point is to analyze how being uncommon is far from being negative,” he writes, “Actually, when you possess a different, therefore rare, trait this feature makes you more beautiful and special, never less. Besides its plea to the power of diversity, it represents the encounter with their sublime beauty.”

The twins are confident in their own skin—something that's a challenge for any kid their age, no matter how they look. “We feel albinism is pretty,” Lara told Metro, “we love our hair, eye color and skin tone.” Mara adds, “Growing up like this was amazing, we love being different and are happy with our unique beauty.”

You can follow their burgeoning careers—along with their older sister, Sheila—through Instagram.

Meet 11-year-old twins Lara and Mara Bawar who were born with albinism.

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They're taking the fashion world by storm as models with albinism, showcasing their unique beauty and confidence.

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The twins with their older sister, Sheila.

“We feel albinism is pretty,” Lara says, “we love our hair, eye color and skin tone.”

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Photo credit: Anna Mascarenhas

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Photo credit: Anna Mascarenhas

Lara and Mara Bawar: Instagram
h/t: [Bored Panda, Brightside]

All images via Vinicius Terranova unless otherwise stated.

Sara Barnes

Sara Barnes is a Staff Editor at My Modern Met, Manager of My Modern Met Store, and co-host of the My Modern Met Top Artist Podcast. As an illustrator and writer living in Seattle, she chronicles illustration, embroidery, and beyond through her blog Brown Paper Bag and Instagram @brwnpaperbag. She wrote a book about embroidery artist Sarah K. Benning titled 'Embroidered Life' that was published by Chronicle Books in 2019. Sara is a graduate of the Maryland Institute College of Art. She earned her BFA in Illustration in 2008 and MFA in Illustration Practice in 2013.
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