While she may not technically be considered all that ‘new’ Thando Hopa’s success in recent years deserves celebration. After she was discovered by Gert-Johan Coetzee to work as a model, she made history by becoming the first person with albinism to appear on the cover of Vogue. Thando soon went on to become the only South African on the BBC’s list of the 100 most influential women. Her career and voice have challenged the fashion industry’s values and notions of diversity and inclusion.
Credits for this picture: Rhys Frampton | Vogue Portugal April 2019 Covers.
Occupation: South African model, activist, and lawyer
Hometown: Johannesburg, Sebokeng
Highlights: First woman with albinism to be on the cover of Vogue, She was also included in the 2018 Pirelli Calendar, and became the first South African person of color to appear in it. In 2018, Hopa was recognized with the 100 Women award from BBC for her diversity and inclusion advocacy.