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TOWIE’s Demi Sims reveals she has vitiligo as she vows to ‘stay true to myself’ in swimsuit post

‘I don’t want the stress of having to hide it’: TOWIE’s Demi Sims reveals she has vitiligo as she vows to ‘stay true to myself’ in stunning swimsuit post

Demi Sims revealed she has vitiligo as she shared a swimsuit snap on her Instagram platform on Monday evening.

In the candid post, the TOWIE star, 22, admitted she no longer wants to deal with ‘the stress of having to hide’ her condition, and vowed to ‘stay to myself’ after years of concealing her skin with fake tan and make-up.

The TV personality, who is currently holidaying in Las Vegas, looked sensational as she displayed her toned figure in a high-rise swimsuit by Love Island star Montana Brown’s beachwear label Swim Society.

'I don’t want the stress of having to hide it': Demi Sims revealed she has vitiligo as she shared a swimsuit snap on her Instagram platform on Monday evening

‘I don’t want the stress of having to hide it’: Demi Sims revealed she has vitiligo as she shared a swimsuit snap on her Instagram platform on Monday evening

Addressing her 131,000 followers, the reality star confessed: ‘It’s taken me years to upload a post like this with my vitiligo patches on my body showing.’

The younger sister of Chloe Sims went on to detail the lengths she take to hide her physique: ‘The thing is I can’t be bothered to keep editing them out or fake tanning and putting make up over them anymore so that people don’t judge.’

Promoting body confidence and self-love, the Essex beauty elaborated: ‘Especially now summer is coming up I don’t want the stress of having to hide them 24/7 when wearing a bikini.

‘I know that 2019 is so excepting of everything now and I am grateful for the people who have made it like that. I’ve learnt to be true to yourself and don’t hide what makes you different, self love should always come first.

Candid: The TOWIE star, 22, admitted she no longer wants to deal with 'the stress of having to hide' her condition, and vowed to 'stay to myself' after years of concealing her skin with fake tan and make-up

Candid: The TOWIE star, 22, admitted she no longer wants to deal with ‘the stress of having to hide’ her condition, and vowed to ‘stay to myself’ after years of concealing her skin with fake tan and make-up

Rise to fame: The reality star currently stars on The Only Way Is Essex alongside older sister Chloe Sims, 36

Rise to fame: The reality star currently stars on The Only Way Is Essex alongside older sister Chloe Sims, 36

‘im wearing @swimsociety and I love this brand because it is for ALL women no matter who you are, girls defo check them out’, [sic] Demi ended her post.

Vitiligo is a skin condition in which the pigment cells of the skin are destroyed in certain areas of the body by the immune system.

Although the exact cause is unknown, experts say it is an autoimmune condition in which the body’s defense system mistakenly attacks and destroys certain cells within the body.

It’s not painful and doesn’t have significant health consequences, but it can have emotional and psychological consequences.

Catwalk queen: Model Winnie Harlow also has vitiligo - a skin condition in which the pigment cells of the skin are destroyed in certain areas of the body by the immune system

Catwalk queen: Model Winnie Harlow also has vitiligo – a skin condition in which the pigment cells of the skin are destroyed in certain areas of the body by the immune system

Demi emerged on the TOWIE scene earlier this year, catching co-star Sam Mucklow’s eye during a cast trip to Thailand.

While the former sportsman, 27, worked hard to woo her at the beginning of the series, their short-lived romance was filled with drama.

Sam ruffled feathers with his other love interest Shelby Tribble for romancing Demi at the time, leading to an explosive row that saw Shelby throw a drink over him, whilst he retaliated by calling her a ‘s**g’. 

Demi hasn’t allowed the scandal to deter her, however, ending things with Sam after she enjoyed a brief flirtation with Shelby.  

Ooh-la-la: Demi emerged on the TOWIE scene earlier this year, catching co-star Sam Mucklow's eye during a cast trip to Thailand

Ooh-la-la: Demi emerged on the TOWIE scene earlier this year, catching co-star Sam Mucklow’s eye during a cast trip to Thailand

WHAT IS VITILIGO?

Vitiligo is a disease in which the pigment cells of the skin are destroyed in certain areas of the body.

Although the exact cause is unknown, experts say it is an autoimmune condition in which the body’s defense system mistakenly attacks and destroys certain cells within the body.

It’s not painful and doesn’t have significant health consequences, but it can have emotional and psychological consequences.

Treatment ranges from medicines and creams to skin grafts.

Common areas for white patches are the armpits and groin, around the mouth, eyes, nostrils, navel, genitals and rectal areas.

Symptoms include loss of skin color with white patches of skin in any location on the body.

Most will develop the condition prior to age 40. About half develop it before age 20.

It may have a genetic component, as the condition tends to run in families. 

Source:  Medicine Net

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