Albino beauty pageant redefines beauty amid persecution

Story highlights

  • Beauty pageant for people with albinism held in Nairobi
  • In some African countries, albinos are abused -- and even killed
  • "I am confident. I hold my head high," said Miss Albinism, Loise Lihanda

Nairobi (CNN)In some parts of Africa, albinism is considered a curse, but last weekend in Kenya it was redefined as a sign of beauty.

In a first for the country, a beauty pageant for people with albinism was held in Nairobi, on October 21, where 20 contestants sang, danced, and flaunted at-times flashy costumes for a crowd that included political leaders.
It was a stark contrast to the discrimination suffered by albinos in some African countries, where albinism can mean abuse -- and even death.