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Antonia Livers, 27, Suffers From Vitiligo, But Overcomes Body Image Issues Through Hard Work In The Gym

Acceptance of your body is often a very long and challenging journey. Virtually everyone has something that they’re dissatisfied about—therefore, acceptance of one’s own image is a virtue in and of itself. Everyone has body image issues, but not everyone has been successful in tackling them. Antonia Livers is no exception to these issues. What’s an exception, though, is how she handled it, and how she found her way and persevered.

Antonia began developing white patches on her eyelids when she was just 14 years old, an age when almost everyone becomes sensitive to how they look. Soon enough, she was diagnosed with vitiligo, a skin condition that causes a lack of melanin in the skin, forming white patches. Over time, the patches get larger and spread throughout the body. Naturally, Antonia was devastated to get diagnosed with this condition, spent hours and hours crying over what she looked like, and worked hard to hide it from others and herself.

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Meet Antonia Livers from Utah, USA, and she has vitiligo

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She began to workout in her teenage years after she’s been diagnosed with vitiligo, which she avoided to show

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As her vitiligo progressed, she learned to accept her own body as it is

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As her teen years and vitiligo progressed, the girl from Utah began developing a passion for fitness, which has helped her regain confidence in her body. “I learned to accept it with time, and after time, I appreciated what I look like and who I am to lastly love myself for all I am.” Seeing how it affects her, she dove even deeper into the gym and took up bodybuilding.

Fitness has helped her regain confidence in her body

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Vitiligo is a condition that causes loss of melanin on skin, causing white patches

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“I learned to accept it with time and love myself for who I am”

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As her confidence rose, she delved into bodybuilding

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Bodybuilding is a somewhat different pursuit than just doing fitness, as it requires even more dedication and has a competitive aspect to it. It requires showing off the sweet fruits of the hard labor one has to put into sculpting oneself, wearing revealing clothing. Having vitiligo, it was another challenge that Antonia had to overcome in order to do what she loves. Nevertheless, she did it.

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And started competing in bodybuilding competitions

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She’s pretty comfortable with who she is right now

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Fast forward to now, she has worked out a pretty comfortable and happy life for herself. With years of experience in the gym, she has become a fitness trainer. Not only that, as she’s also constantly lifting weights, is a regularly competing bodybuilder, and also a model, who confidently shows off her beauty on Instagram with a solid followership of 35k. She has become an admirable example of positivity to those who struggle with their body image, and an inspiration to everyone seeking to get better. And for this, we applaud her.

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And she uses her experience when working as a fitness trainer

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