Erika Page is the Founder + Editor of Living Dappled, a vitiligo blog and lifestyle guide providing education, inspiration and support for those living with vitiligo. After getting the condition at the age of seven, Erika lost all of her skin’s pigment to vitiligo by her early twenties. Today she runs Living Dappled to give others with vitiligo the community and resources she wishes she always had.
Those of you heavily engaged within the vitiligo community, particularly online, will likely have heard of Living Dappled, a lifestyle blog for girls and women living with vitiligo.
Founder Erika Page from Baltimore, Maryland, who has lived with vitiligo for more than two decades, launched Living Dappled because, despite having vitiligo she was often considered confident by her peers because she didn’t hide her skin and always had a smile on her face…something people with vitiligo often didn’t do. On noticing this, her thoughts around what she had experienced as a girl with vitiligo, made her realise that she had story to share with others living with the condition. Shortly after the realisation, she started researching vitiligo online and discovered conversations were happening about vitiligo, which led to her feeling inspired and wanting to create a space for women like herself living with the condition.
Since Living Dappled was launched in 2016, women from all over the world (including myself) have contributed content; sharing their story and providing insight into what it’s like living with the condition. Living Dappled is a strong and highly valued platform that acts as a valuable resource that brings together so many themes and topics surrounding the condition, from health, beauty and wellness to exploring the authentic voices of vitiligo.
I’ve spoken to Erika on a number of occasions since I first discovered her blog in 2017 and finally got to meet her in person at the World Vitiligo Day conference earlier this year where of course, we mostly spoke about our experiences with vitiligo and her future plans for Living Dappled. She said of the newly launched website “For three years, I’ve worked to create a safe haven for women with vitiligo like me that reflects the everyday beauty in our lives. This redesign is yet another step towards that vision.”
The new design is not only beautiful, but highly visual. Aside from being stylish and modern, I love that the design is simple and inviting with a great choice of soft colours used throughout. It is easy to navigate around the website and best of all, the incredible images of women from around the world that showcase and magnify the beauty of vitiligo. I can’t help but get excited when a new feature is posted….another story, another woman’s unique perspective. I look forward to following Living Dappled and seeing what comes next for the platform that so greatly supports our community….
Check out the website at http://livingdappled.com