She was probably abandoned due to her albinism and as a result of China’s one child policy. When Xueli was 12 years old she got her first modelling job and at the age of 16 she did her first modelling for a fashion show in HongKong.
Growing up she learned about the atrocities people with albinism face in some African countries. The stories were heartbreaking and especially those on children with albinism who could not live with their parents but needed to be locked in safe houses in Tanzania.
Xueli was approached by the activist Josephat Torner who dedicated his life to advocate for the rights of people with albinism in Tanzania. They met several times and Xueli listened at events to Josephat’s stories about living with albinism in Tanzania.
In April 2021, the journalist, Jennifer Meierhans, wrote an article which was published by the BBC and translated to many languages.The genetic condition albinism was explained to a large public and and Xueli shared her personal story.