Growing up as a teenager, I remember seeing La La Anthony beautiful face on MTV. She first graced our televisions in the early 2000’s delivering the hottest music on Total Request Live. It was hard to forget her energetic, corky, and enthusiastic personality. I always admired her for being a young, successful black woman on TV. I often day dreamed about being on television and in the entertainment industry, but I always felt as though I could never accomplish this goal because of one thing, my psoriasis, which covered 90% of my body. Little did I know this woman I admired was living her dream AND dealing with psoriasis, an incurable auto-immune disease affecting 125 million worldwide.
“I started to notice itchy, red, patches on my skin and wondered why,” says La La Anthony who advised she was diagnosed with the disease 10 years ago, “I visited a dermatologist and that’s when I found out I had psoriasis.” Anthony’s states her psoriasis mainly affects her ears and scalp. “There is a lot you can do to mange during a flare up, ” La La shares that she wears certain clothing during flare ups in addition to hats to stay fashionable but camouflage the flakes.
Thus far, the biggest challenge La La says she has faced is encountering people who are not educated on the disease. Now, her goal is to inform people on what psoriasis is and break down the myths and stigma of the disease through a new campaign called “Picture Positivity.” Those with psoriasis are encouraged to share and upload inspiring pictures of themselves living positively despite their disease. Check out a few photos from the site:
Often times the quality of life for those with psoriasis is severely effected, resulting in depression and isolation. La La hopes the site teaches tolerance and a better understanding of the disease. She also encourages people with psoriasis to accomplish their dreams despite their disease, “We’re not any different, you can still live your life.” Check out her video to learn more!
Stay tune for my contribution to this great campaign, coming later this week!