When she was 14 years old, Antonia Livers began noticing white patches appearing on her eyelids. Not long after, she was diagnosed with vitiligo, a condition that causes some skin to lose color as a result of low or no melanin. As the spots spread across her body between the ages of 15 and 16, Antonia went to great lengths to hide them from the world.
Now that she’s an adult, she no longer covers her skin. In fact, she embraces it! These days, she practically glows with confidence and self-acceptance, and she credits it all to her passion and dedication at the gym.
Antonia explained that she wasn’t really surprised when she was formally diagnosed with vitiligo because her aunt has the same condition. However, feeling confident as a teenager is hard enough as it is, so when the patches began spreading, she became more and more insecure.
By the time she was 18, she was still doing her best to hide her body from the world. Fortunately, she also started working out. As her dedication to the gym grew, so did her self-esteem!
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“I fell in love with fitness, which helped me overcome my insecurities,” she said. “I went from self-hate to self-acceptance and finally to self-love and appreciation.”
Now, Antonia is basically unstoppable! She works as a personal trainer, has a booming social media presence, and continues to train in the gym or at home every day.
Her body has become a source of pride for her, one that she’s happy to show off. After all the wisdom she has discovered over the years, she is using her online platform to spread the message of body positivity and self-acceptance.
“Fall in love with the struggle of the journey, appreciate every mistake and every failure,” she wrote on Instagram. “All these necessary moments will make you that superhero that you actually are!”
What an encouraging role model! It can be difficult to accept every part of ourselves, so we love seeing Antonia in action!
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