Because of this, she has an absence of pigments in her skin and her skin is as snowy white as her hair, which strangers would often reach out and try to touch.
“It’s not good for a little girl to think people don’t need to have any limits with her,” her mom Hailey said. “People just walk up to her and grab her she looks like a doll so people just want to play with her.”
“I was in denial for a long time about it, I kind of just brushed it off and thought to myself ‘oh no one will notice’,” Haileysaid. “But once I realized the sun hurt her eyes and people were noticing her eyes were different, I knew people were going to notice, and that’s when it sort of hit me. It was overwhelming.”
But it was an offhand comment from a stranger that made a huge impact on Arliyah’s life in a good way.
But Hailey said she’s almost glad she was born with it.
“I’m never going to be able to fully understand their condition, only someone who has it is going to be able to understand it completely,” she said. “At least the girls have each other and can go through it all together.”