Shaun Ross: 'I'm obsessed with power'
Albino model Shaun Ross is proud to harness his inner strength to change people's perceptions.
The 24-year-old is the first professional Albino model and his unusual looks have been both a blessing and a hurdle he has had to overcome to be successful.
"I love how I have constantly shown those who didn't believe in me that I can conquer anything I put my mind to," he told Interview magazine. "I've always been obsessed with power, but most importantly power of the mind. The world we live in today controls the way we see everything, but we can change a lot by seeing things differently. If we show powerful opinions in a positive way I think this can be a tool of change."
While the American is now confident in his appearance, he admits it took him years to accept he looked different to his peers, and going into the harsh fashion world made his initial insecurities even worse.
"I think one of the greatest challenges I've ever had to face was being comfortable with the way people view me," he admitted. "It's not easy being a six-foot lightbulb, so I had to become comfortable with that aspect of life. Secondly, I would say having people in this industry constantly tell me that I'm not good enough or that I looked weird.
"The fashion industry revolves around image and it's a very important aspect. When your image is altered physically to the point where people just don't understand, it can get complicated. All you have is you and what God gave you."
Thankfully Shaun has overcome the adversity he faced and has gone on to model for top fashion labels including Alexander McQueen and Givenchy, as well as appear in publications including GQ, Vogue Italia and Paper Magazine.
He hopes his achievements can lead the way for others who perhaps do not fit the typical fashion mould.
"I want to see more diversity, not only in race but in everything," he added. "I want to see things that we've never seen before. I want to make the world very uncomfortable."