One of the most recognizes faces in fashion, Shaun Ross has created an entire career out of celebrating the very thing that makes him. Looking at his photographs, there’s no hiding the fact that he’s among the approximately 16,000 Americans who are affected by Albinism. However, what some consider to be a generic disorder, has become a beautiful and unique signature look for Ross.
Currently 26-years-old, Ross started modeling at the age of 16. Originally, he was an Alvin Ailey dancer who was discovered from a YouTube video. As a model, he’s participated in numerous editorial shoots that have graced the pages of British GQ, Italian Vogue, Paper Magazine, and i-D Magazine. He’s also walked for notable high-fashion brands like Alexander McQueen and Givenchy. And has even been featured in music videos like Jennifer Hudson‘s “I Still Love You”, Katy Perry‘s “E.T.”, and Beyoncé‘s “Pretty Hurts”.
Even though he’s one of the most coveted male models, growing up he was nowhere near as popular as he is now. Ross describes himself as being an outcast during his childhood years. As a kid from the Bronx, he wasn’t accepted anywhere, so he had to learn how to accept himself. Even though he faced discrimination for his looks he still remained an outgoing person. That trait he got from his parents.
After being discovered, Ross went on to be the first male model with Albinism. In the process, he opened doors for many others like himself. The same looks that he was scrutinized about, are now what he’s celebrated for. He’s the perfect example of why being different and unique is never something to be ashamed of. More importantly, it’s our differences who make us who we are. Without them, we would be no different than anyone else, and where’s the fun in that?