Pia Miranda Opens Up About Autoimmune Condition That Flared Up On 'Survivor'
Pia Miranda has explained that her time on 'Survivor' saw her experience a flare-up of a condition she was unaware she even had.
Sharing her story on Instagram, Pia wrote that a few fans had been asking her about the changes in her skin on the reality show, noting that it had gone through a "transformation".
"Well it turns out that whilst playing I had a flare up of an autoimmune condition called vitiligo that I didn’t know I had," the 'Looking For Alibrandi' actor explained.
"I was made aware of it but I decided to push through and not stress about it until I came home because... Survivor!" she added.
Vitiligo is a "relatively common, acquired loss of pigmentation of the skin" according to the Vitiligo Association of Australia.
Affecting one to two percent of the population, vitiligo can be associated with autoimmune conditions such as thyroid disease and diabetes but "most people with vitiligo are in good health and have no symptoms other than areas of pigment loss".
Pia explained that after seeing a specialist upon her return to Australia, she's "been told that it’s a condition that needs lifelong management, but I’m having some amazing treatment and it’s working really well so I’m feeling very lucky".
She noted that she hopes her appearance on 'Survivor' with the condition can be a "positive" for Australian audiences.
"I’m thinking there are enough perfect looking people on TV, so I’m happy to offer an alternative and be someone who is perfectly fine with being imperfect. Anyway, a bit of a skin thing isn’t going to stop me playing hard and having fun, so I hope you enjoy my journey because I sure did."
Jamaican Canadian model Winnie Harlow became the first person with vitiligo to compete in 'America's Next Top Model' in 2014, and to walk in the Victoria's Secret fashion show in 2018.
She has often hit back at publications that describe her as "suffering" from the condition.
"Some articles kept writing, they would say, 'Winnie Harlow, 24, suffering from vitiligo' I was like, 'Do I look like I’m suffering? Come on now.' Let's not do that," Harlow said on 'The Jonathan Ross Show' this year.
"I don’t feel like I am suffering. I am conquering, I am living, I am living my best life in the way that I can and thriving."
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