Tanveer Khan

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Xueli Abbing, creating history - Orphanage in China to Vogue Italia

After being adopted by a Dutch family, Xueli moved to the Netherlands to living with her new mother and sister Yara, and she began modeling at 11. 

Finding a baby abandoned on the ground outside, staff at the orphanage in China called her Xue Li. ‘Xue’ means snow, and ‘Li’ means beautiful.

Adopted at the age of three by a family in the Netherlands, her mother kept the name, thinking it a poignant reference to her daughter’s pale skin and Chinese roots.

Compiled in a gallery by Bored Panda, pictures show her striking beauty as she poses in stunning photos, wearing a vibrant collar made from colorful flowers or a wreath of dandelions. 

As well as magazine shoots and catwalk work, she has also modeled for accessories giant Kurt Geiger.  

She uses her platform to celebrate differences, raise awareness about albinism, and inspire others to embrace their natural beauty. 

Having worked with some of the greatest fashion photographers and brands, Xueli has been featured in Vogue Italia and said the industry is 'changing'. 

She said: 'In modeling, looking different is a blessing, not a curse and it gives me a platform to raise awareness of albinism

Xueli feels this 'endangers' the lives of children living in countries where the condition is not yet accepted.