Xueli Abbing had no idea she’d grow up to be a Vogue model when she was abandoned as a newborn at an orphanage. She did, however, make it as an international model at the age of 16 following a few unusual turns in her life. You never know where life will lead you or how things will turn out.
Her orphanage gave her the names Xue, which means “snow,” and Li, which means “beautiful.” Xueli was abandoned at the orphanage’s doorway as an infant, either because of her appearance or because of China’s one-child policy. Regardless, the orphanage workers adored Xueli. It was just a matter of time until the Chinese girl was adopted by a family from the Netherlands.
Albinism is viewed as a curse or something to be afraid of in some cultures. Those unfortunate children born with albinism are occasionally slaughtered for their bones, hair, and eyes in various African countries. They’re mistakenly thought to be medicinal or used in witchcraft.
People believe that witch doctors can heal diseases by using their bones to produce medications, however this is not real; these beliefs are myths. I’m fortunate that I was merely abandoned.
BBC – Xueli
Xueli began modeling at the age of eleven. Her mother contacted a designer friend who was launching a “perfect imperfections” campaign and believed Xueli would be ideal.
Following that, I was requested to participate in a few photo shoots, one of which was for Brock Elbank at his London studio. He shared my photo on Instagram, and the Zebedee Talent modeling agency contacted me. They asked if I would like to join them in their quest to increase the representation of individuals with disabilities in the fashion business.
Brock’s photograph of me was published in the June 2019 issue of Vogue Italia. Lana del Rey was on the cover. I had no idea what kind of important publication that was. And it took me a bit to figure out why everyone was so enthusiastic about it.
BBC – Xueli
Xueli appreciated working with the photographers she worked with, from Vogue to International Model. They gave her some creative freedom in terms of how she wanted to present herself. She wanted to do something unusual in the face of all the stereotypes.
There are still models who are eight feet two inches tall and svelte. However, persons with disabilities or peculiarities are now more frequently represented in the media, which is fantastic – but it should be the norm. Models with albinism are frequently characterized as angels or ghosts in photo shoots, which makes me sad. Particularly since it fosters the ideas that risk the lives of albino children in places like Tanzania and Malawi.
BBC – Xueli
Xueli has progressed from being an orphaned child to being an international model. Vogue was only a stepping stone to bigger and better things. Xueli has accomplished a lot more than just modeling for Vogue Italia. Modeled for Kurt Geiger accessories and participated in fashion shoots and catwalks.