Photograph by Sarah Leen
Milky white skin and flaxen hair are telltale signs of albinism in college student Laura Aisling Miller. One in 17,000 persons of all races in the U.S. has some type of albinism, having inherited this genetic trait in which melanocytes, or melanin-producing cells, make less than the usual amount of pigment. The condition may also impair vision. Physical aspects of albinism can pale in comparison with the less tangible challenges of living with the trait in a world preoccupied with appearances.