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For now though, he hopes the pageant will produce a Miss Kenya with albinism.

"We need to actually tell our story from our point of view because most of the time when our story is told by other people they say it from a point of pity," Mwaura said.

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“I knew I was handsome (but) people with albinism are seen as not beautiful, as not good-looking, and that has an effect on their self esteem.” Indeed, many African communities ostracize those with albinism because they see the condition as a curse, or a sign of maternal infidelity (some fathers assume that mothers who give birth to albinos did so because they'd had an affair with a white man).

"We will make the world understand that we aren't mzungu [Swahili term for a white person]," Mwaura told the audience at the beauty pageant. We are human beings." Some Kenyans with typical levels of skin pigment refer to people with albinism as "pesa" -- Swahili for "money" -- because in places such as Tanzania, Mozambique, and Malawi, black magic witch doctors are willing to pay up to $75,000 for a full set of albino limbs, according to the Red Cross.

Called the “Mr and Miss Albinism Kenya” pageant, the event, organized by The Albinism Society of Kenya, saw ten men and ten women take the stage to perform for a crowd filled with political VIPs, including Kenyan Deputy President William Ruto.

“Even when I was dating, it was difficult for girls to say I’m handsome,” said Isaac Mwaura, Kenya’s first parliamentarian with albinism and the organization’s founder, to Reuters.

The classification of congenital hypopigmentary diseases that result from a defect in the production of pigment (melanin) due to dysfunction of pigment cells (melanocytes) in the skin, the eyes, and/or the ears consists of the following: oculocutaneous albinism types 1-7; ocular albinism; Chediak-Higashi syndrome (see the image below); Hermansky-Pudlak syndrome; and Griscelli syndrome.

Infant with Chediak-Higashi syndrome presenting with hypomelanotic skin and white hair with a metallic sheen.Infant with oculocutaneous albinism type 1 presenting with hypomelanotic skin, white hair, and pink irides and pupils resulting from the dysfunction of tyrosinase in the melanocytes of these tissues and the subsequent lack of melanin synthesis.Neonate with oculocutaneous albinism type 3 presenting with minimally pigmented skin and light hair coloration resulting from the dysfunction of tyrosinase-related protein-1 in the melanocytes of these tissues and the subsequent reduction in melanin synthesis. From Carden et al, Br J Ophthal, 1998, 9-195, with permission from BMJ Publishing Group.Most patients with oculocutaneous albinism type 1 have compound heterozygosity for mutations in the tyrosinase gene.gene encodes a 110-kd protein with 12 putative transmembrane domains localized to the limiting membrane of the pigment granule (ie, melanosome).Specifically, tyrosinase hydroxylates tyrosine to dihydroxyphenylalanine (DOPA) and subsequently dehydroxylates DOPA to DOPA-oxidase.

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