Who we are

Xueli was adopted from China at the age of three.

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.

© Xueli for Adidas

“In modelling, looking different is a blessing not a curse and it gives me a platform to raise awareness of albinism”

“Maybe because I cannot see everything properly I focus more on people’s voices and what they have to say. So their inner beauty is more important to me”

“I’m not going to accept that children are being murdered because of their albinism. I want to change the world. I want other children with albinism - or any form of disability or difference - to know they can do and be anything they want”

© UNESCO/Alix Christelle

“It is important that a good foundation is built, because without a foundation you cannot build a house”

Who we are

The Director General of UNESCO, Audrey Azoulay,

read Xueli’s story and offered her the honorouble position as a UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador.

Xueli Abbing started in her new role on International Albinism Awareness Day on June 13, 2022. Her designation is for the next two years.

She decided to set up a foundation to create support in her role as UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador. It also allows her to continue to work in the fight against discrimination.

Our Goals

Imperdiet massa
Tincidunt nunc

Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetur adipiscing elit, sed do eiusmod tempor incididunt ut labore et dolore magna aliqua. Mattis pellentesque id nibh tortor id aliquet lectus proin. Faucibus nisl tincidunt eget nullam non nisi est. Semper eget duis at tellus at.

Risus ut feug

0 K


0 K

Auctor neque

0 K