Thando Hopa is a South african model born in 1989. She is a graduate of law which she chose to study to give a voice to the stigma and social drama that occurs in Africa but remains relatively unknown worldwide.
She shot to fame in 2012 after after being scouted by fashion designer Gert-Johan Coetzee. Thando was born with albinism but still considers herself lucky even though all those born in Africa as albinos were seen as a curse. She attracted a lot of attention due to her delicate and striking features that were stunning on stage as well as magazine covers. Over the past five years she has become an activist for people with albinism.
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Thando is one of the few black albino models in the world. She appeared in the prestigious Pirelli Calendar alongside international stars like Whoopi Goldberg, Lupita Nyong’o, Naomi Campbell and Sean “Diddy” Combs. She will be appearing in the 2018 edition of the calendar, which was photographed by Vogue photographer Tim Walker in London recently. This edition which was inspired by John Tenniel’s original illustrations for Alice in Wonderland will portray Thando playing the role of the Princess of Hearts.