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An Abuelito Makes Dolls With Vitiligo To Build Self-Esteem In Kids With The Skin Condition And If This Isn’t The Sweetest Thing I Don’t Know What is

Brazilian grandfather João Stanganelli learned to crochet with one goal in mind: to uplift the self-esteem of children with vitiligo. Stanganelli began to show signs of the skin condition when he was 38. Vitiligo causes the loss of skin color in blotches and can affect any part of the body. 

“Vitiligo occurs when the cells that produce melanin die or stop functioning. Vitiligo affects people of all skin types, but it may be more noticeable in people with darker skin. The condition is not life-threatening or contagious. It can be stressful or make you feel bad about yourself,” according to the Mayo Clinic. 

While some of the possible symptoms listed are sunburn, susceptibility to skin cancer, eye problems, and hearing loss, professionals also note that one of the most difficult issues is a social stigma which can lead to low self-esteem or other psychological issues. 

Fortunately, abuelo João Stanganelli is out here putting smiles on children’s faces and reminding them that they look absolutely perfect. 

A new beginning

Stanganelli began to show signs of vitiligo when he was 38. However, it wasn’t until last year, at 64, that he began this amazing project. After losing his job in the gastronomy industry due to a heart condition, Stanganelli wanted to keep busy while he was at home. He and his wife Marilena took up crocheting together. At first, it proved to be difficult, causing him to develop calluses on his fingers. But after five days of practice, Stanganelli crocheted his first doll. 

A tiny idea becomes a big one

While he only intended to create something to pass onto his granddaughter, things quickly snowballed.

“I decided to make the doll for my granddaughter, and wanted something that she would remember about her grandfather,” he told Romper.

Stanganelli decided to crochet her a doll that looked like him, one with two skin tones. However, photos of his adorable doll began to circulate – people wanted in. 

A new way to honor children’s differences

Parents of children with vitiligo wanted a doll for their little ones, but they weren’t the only group that wanted to be seen. Others began to request dolls with a wheelchair, hearing aids, blindness, alopecia, and other differences. They wanted their children to see themselves, and it’s not like there were many options on the market. 

It may not seem like a big deal to you, but just take a look at one of the comments on this doll with a wheelchair, “This is so beautiful it just made me cry. My Jenna has cerebral palsy and is in a wheelchair. You truly are so awesome for all you do sir. May God bless you over and over.” 

“These are beautiful. I’ve had vitiligo since my mid-40s. My face, chest, back, neck and some on my arms. It is a, “how did this happen” disease. These are a beautiful way for ppl to converse abt this so others understand. God bless you Joao,” another person wrote.

Difference is beauty

“The spots I have are beautiful. What hurts me are the flaws in peoples’ characters,” Stanganelli told CTV News. Kids and parents have told him that the dolls are “helping with their self-esteem.” Just more proof that representation matters, especially to those most vulnerable. 

It’s no secret that kids can be particularly cruel about differences, Stanganelli is providing children with an honorable service — a little taste of what it feels like to be represented just like anybody else. Sometimes the ordinary can you make feel extraordinary. 

“Vitiligo can be life-altering… Some people develop low self-esteem. They may no longer want to hang out with friends. They can develop serious depression. Most people have vitiligo for life, so it’s important to develop coping strategies,” according to the American Academy of Dermatology. 

Redefining beauty

Stanganelli’s dolls come at a time where people with vitiligo are embracing their unique aesthetic rather than covering it up. The Brazilian children’s book Menina Feita de Nuvens, or “the girl made of clouds,” tells the story of a little girl with a superpower: vitiligo. 

Models like Winnie Harlow, Breanne Rice, and Ash Soto have brought vitiligo to the mainstream of fashion. 

“Female models with vitiligo now appear regularly on designer runways and in advertising campaigns, empowering those who once hid behind the makeup to use these tools to enhance their individuality. Women with vitiligo who span the spectrum, including White models with vitiligo and Black models with vitiligo, are expanding the public’s definition of what it means to be attractive,” writes Anna Papachristos for APlus

If you would like to purchase a custom crocheted doll, please reach out to Stanganelli and his wife on Facebook

Adam Martinez Started Wearing Upsidedown Lashes, Heavy Contour And His Character Rosa Soon Became One Of The Most Famous Tiktok Faces

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Adam Martinez Started Wearing Upsidedown Lashes, Heavy Contour And His Character Rosa Soon Became One Of The Most Famous Tiktok Faces

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Adam Martinez, also known as @adamrayokay on TikTok, is giving us all of the relatable comedy we need right now. Martinez is the mastermind behind the most relevant social media personality right now: Rosa. So, dude, come here and let’s check out some of Rosa’s best TikToks.

We all know a Rosa from our time in high school and she is the most memorable person from those years.

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POV: Rosa gets invited to @jamescharles house and gets a little CARRIED AWAY😭😭 ##fyp ##foryou ##rosa

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You know, that one friend who was always asking you for things because she never had or wanted to spend the money on getting it herself. She never really cared about what it was or how much it was. If she wanted it and you had it she felt like you owed to her because she was your friend.

Lowkey, you always kind of loved how outspoken and fun she was in even the most mundane moments.

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POV: Rosa’s valentine has no chill, even while ordering food😭😭 ##fyp ##viral ##foryou

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No matter what is happening in her life, Rosa can always find the humor and can make anyone around her cackle. There’s a reason she always had friends wherever she went. Honestly, Rosa knows how to make sure everyone is in on the jokes she can’t stop laughing about.

She always swore that anyone looking at her wanted more than just a passing glance.

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POV: Rosa thinks everyone likes her cause she caught them looking 😂😩 ##fyp ##viral ##foryou

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You remember those moments when she caught someone’s eye out in public. She was the first to call them out and start telling them that they are clearly into her. That kind of confidence is something we should all learn to take with us into adulthood.

Even though you would be stuck with her for the day, it was fun to give her rides when she needed anything.

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POV: Rosa needs your car and she’ll give you 2 bucks😩😂 ##fyp ##viral ##foryou we hit 500K….. I fucking love y’all💞

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And we mean anything. She was the wild one that also somehow had things together. Her open and honest communication really made you feel closer to her because she just made you feel like a close friend.

Did we mention her wanting things you had?

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POV: Rosa catches you in the hall and knows you got a dollar for her😭 ##fyp ##viral ##foryoupage

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If you could count up all of the dollars you have given her since you knew her you could have a nice retirement fund. Yet, somehow, you never really minded or the life experience with Rosa was enough for you to justify giving her the dollars. And even though she was so forward, you never resented or dreaded her.

You still live for her stories of the pendejadas she got into the night before.

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POV: Rosa shows up with a hickey and it catches the teachers attention😭😩 ##fyp ##viral ##foryou thank you SO MUCH for 300k!!💗

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Her stories were mostly unbelievable. How could she possibly be involved with the kinds of things that happened to her? Honestly, she is just one of those people who always just finds herself in wild situations and always lives to tell the tale.

She was also the first LGBTQ+ ally you ever met and it was so nice to have her on your side.

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POV: Rosa finds out her 8th period partner is gay😭😂 ##fyp ##viral ##foryou

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For that, we thank all of the Rosas in the world. Keep being your loud, unapologetic, and most authentic self, girl. We love you!

READ: TikTok Queen Rosa And Her Creator Adam Ray Okay Get The Magazine Spotlight

Rio’s Christ The Redeemer Lights Up To Honor Healthcare Workers Around The World

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Rio’s Christ The Redeemer Lights Up To Honor Healthcare Workers Around The World

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Healthcare workers need all the support they can get during this crisis. They’re literally on the front lines of a battle against an invisible enemy and in many places, they’re not being given the recognition they need and deserve.

However, some communities have come together to show their support. From giant mariachi bands in Mexico City to the Effie Tower’s message of hope – and now Rio’s Christ statue – we hope these brave healthcare workers are feeling all the love.

Rio’s archdioceses held Easter services at the base of the famed statue and paid tribute to healthcare workers.

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With churches and other houses of worship closed to maintain social distancing measures, Brazilian archbishop Orani Tempesta conducted an Easter service at the feet of the Christ the Redeemer statue overlooking Rio de Janeiro—and projected a special message onto the 125-foot-tall statue.

For the second time since the coronavirus escalated to a global pandemic, the statue appeared illuminated with images of the flags of countries hardest hit by the virus, including the United States, China, Spain, Italy, and Brazil, and the words “hope,” “thanks,” and “stay home” written in various languages.

Projected images of doctors and nurses also intermittently appeared on the figure, putting individual faces to that vital workforce.

The statue, depicting Christ with outstretched arms, was also dressed up in a doctor’s scrubs, lab coat, and stethoscope as a tribute to the healthcare workers on the front line of the pandemic.

The images that lit up the sky on Easter Sunday provided a different message than the one that Brazilian president Jair Bolsanaro has been sharing.

Brazil has so far recorded more than 22,000 Covid-19 cases and 1,230 deaths, according to figures from Johns Hopkins University. However, President Jair Bolsonaro remains one of the few world leaders playing down the threat of the disease.

The populist leader has continued to push back on social-distancing policies in recent weeks, dismissing the coronavirus as a “little flu” and saying Brazil will suffer more if the economy collapses.

In fact, over the weekend he scoffed at social distancing measures, telling local media outlets “No one will hinder my right to come and go.”

Rio’s famed statue has been closed by the pandemic since mid-March – along with much of the country’s top attractions.

The famed statue has withstood the worst of what the elements could throw its way for nearly nine decades. Now it, too, is succumbing to the outbreak of the new coronavirus. 

The 125-foot-tall statue, which last year saw almost 2 million visitors, closed on March 17 and won’t reopen for at least a month. To contain the virus’ spread, Brazil’s Chico Mendes Institute on Tuesday ordered the closure of all national parks it oversees, including the one that’s home to the Christ statue.

Rio seems less marvelous by the day with the creep of the new virus. Firemen began blaring recordings that urge beachgoers to stay home, one day before Rio’s Gov. Wilson Witzel decreed a state of emergency.

Among other things, Witzel’s decree recommended that restaurants and bars limit themselves to 30% capacity for 15 days, that boats and buses halve their passenger loads, that shopping malls close and people avoid beaches and public pools. The decree also suspended classes and all other activities and events that entail gatherings.