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This Instagrammer Uses Body Art To Inspire Others To Love The Skin They're In

After being diagnosed with a skin condition, Ashley Soto began painting art on her body to inspire others.

Body positivity looks different for everyone. For some, it might be embracing their bodies even though it might differ from the mold society says it should look like. For others, it could be learning to love the newfound stretch marks on their body after nine months of growing a child inside of them. For Instagrammer Ashley Soto, it was learning to accept and love the skin she was born in.

After being diagnosed with a skin condition called vitiligo at 12 years old, Soto spent several years covering up her body in long sleeves and pants. However, a decision to trace the depigmented patches on her skin with a black marker changed the way she began to look at her unique skin.

"I never realized how beautiful my vitiligo was until I traced it with a black marker, it really helps to bring out the different colors of my skin," Soto told Daily Mail in an interview. "I was always trying to find a way to look at my skin in a positive light, [and] I couldn't do that before starting this. Now what others would perceive as an imperfection, I have made into something more beautiful and made it more accepted than before."

Not long after, Soto began to use her Instagram account to promote total body positivity by creating art using the patches on her skin, and we can't get enough of it. She even recreated Van Gogh's Starry Night!

Her account is truly an encouragement to those who struggle with vitiligo themselves, in addition to those followers who just need a reminder of how important it is to love the body they were born with.

We can't get enough of her inspiring messages. Check out Soto's Instagram page for more of her incredible positivity!

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Hannah Marsh

Hannah is a Texas-born, Iowa-raised alumna of Iowa State University. When not writing trending content across several Meredith sites, she enjoys all things fitness-related, binge-watching "Whose Line is it Anyway" episodes and fully embracing her self-diagnosed peanut butter addiction.

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