A Black Woman with Albinism: Interviewing Thando Hopa

19 Jun 2020
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  • To celebrate Juneteenth I wanted to share the full length interview I did with the amazing Thando Hopa. I met Thando back in January at the World Economic Forum and shared cutdown of this interview on IGTV and Facebook, but felt it was the perfect time to share the extended version here. I hope you enjoy hearing what she has to say! I am also going live at 2:30 PST today on my Instagram (@mollyburkeofficial) with my friend Lolo to discuss life as a Black woman with a disability and intersectionality. Come join our chat!

    Molly BurkeMolly BurkeVor 7 Monate
    • +mollyburkeofficial *Juneteenth is an American thing, precedented on the 19 June 1865 declaration of emancipation in Texas,* the westmost of the Confederate States of America, which didn't get word of the CSA's April 1865 dissolution prior to the Union occupation. 15 June 1863 was the publishment of the Emancipation Proclamation at Washington, DC.

      B. C. SchmerkerB. C. SchmerkerVor 7 Monate
    • for your new kitten if she doesn't like the carrier you could rap her in a towel I have done that before because sometimes I couldn't use our carrier you just have to hold them lightly so they don't panic just some advise for you and the kitten

      Penny LightfootPenny LightfootVor 7 Monate
    • Love this

      MaRiahh Turner / Political-MakeupMaRiahh Turner / Political-MakeupVor 7 Monate
    • Reallllt mad I didn't see this do I could watch the live stream. The one time I'm not early to a video and it's announcing a Livestream. So sad

      Kelly RalstonKelly RalstonVor 7 Monate
  • Thando is gorgeous and so wise. What a wonderful conversation.

    dogablesdogablesVor 21 Tag
  • Thando is so gorgeous like holy cow

    The Potato SistersThe Potato SistersVor Monat
  • I don't have albinism but I have really light eyebrows and hair. It's impossible to find brow products for my brow color. It just doesn't exist. Society just expects you to make your brows darker if you want to define them and you're light blonde. I can't even tell you how many makeup artists have recommended dark eyebrow products to me in makeup stores. "No, that's the right color for you", "we don't have that kind of shade because you have to darken your eyebrows to define them with your coloring", "the color Taupe will be perfect for you. It's a few shades darker than your hair so that's perfect!" "well, you have to darken your eyebrows otherwise people can't see them" All. The. Time. What on earth is wrong with light eyebrows? I've been walking around with these brows my whole life so why would my eyebrows need to be more "visible" now? Why can't I just enhance the shape and fill in the gaps without changing the color of my eyebrow hairs?

    Kate goKate goVor Monat
  • thando is beautiful inside & out.

    Justice WehrmeyerJustice WehrmeyerVor Monat
  • She's absolutely stunning

    Bethany MichelleBethany MichelleVor 2 Monate
  • What an amazing woman !

    Ron SteeleRon SteeleVor 3 Monate
  • Two beautiful women inside and out! 💜💖

    PurpleQueenSlothPurpleQueenSlothVor 3 Monate
  • Great interview

    Confession time with leahConfession time with leahVor 3 Monate
  • molly:speaks thando: mmmmm mmm mm lol i love it

    maddyplayzmaddyplayzVor 3 Monate
  • I like the way she identifies herself. A black woman with albinism.

    Thuto SebokoThuto SebokoVor 3 Monate
  • There's something entrancing about listening to two intelligent and empowered women discuss things

    iambored678iambored678Vor 4 Monate
  • Thanks seems like someone I want to be friends with

    Eliza LambertEliza LambertVor 4 Monate
  • Thando is so beautiful!!!!!

    Cat MCat MVor 4 Monate
  • This is so important. My best friend was told she had to straighten her curly hair for a singing performance (against what she felt comfortable with), and she got the barrage of comments: “Wow you look so beautiful! Why don’t you do this more often?” It hurt her, because it’s like, do you not like how I look every other day? Do I have go through this damaging and time consuming process of straightening my hair every day to be noticed? It’s good to compliment someone on something they do with their appearance, but it’s so important to not invalidate who they are naturally, on an everyday basis.

    OliviaOliviaVor 4 Monate
  • This raises an interesting topic. Is race genetical or physical, she is a black woman as in she is related to black people, although her skin is white. I guess we identify them how they want to be identified.

    Michael T musicMichael T musicVor 4 Monate
  • This is a great video, because I’m albino, and I’m legally blind. So I thought this was pretty cool :)) Tehe my smiley face has a double chin:))

    •claire••claire•Vor 4 Monate
  • You're both stunning!!

    Meg JuliaMeg JuliaVor 4 Monate
  • Molly is giving me Demi Lovato vibes anyone else?

    EmiEmiVor 4 Monate
  • Such an amazing woman!

    Holly WoodHolly WoodVor 5 Monate
  • She is sooooo BEAUTIFUL!🐾

    Lilliana McpheeLilliana McpheeVor 5 Monate
  • MMMMmmmmmm... Mmmmmm.... MMMMMMMMMMmmm. MMM.... mmmmmmm! Mmmm!! MMMMMMMMMMMM

    Koby SchundlemireKoby SchundlemireVor 5 Monate
  • This is such a good video!

    RhythmGhostRhythmGhostVor 5 Monate
  • GOSH SHES BEAUTIFUL ❤😍

    Payton jayPayton jayVor 5 Monate
  • This has been so interesting. I’m pale but not albino so there’s some things I can relate to but a lot more not. I can’t really tan but even then I assume factor 50 every so often is fine for me but for Thando it’s more important to wear sun cream. Plus albinism is not a black thing, it happens to all races!

    Sophie IrwinSophie IrwinVor 5 Monate
  • Love you, Molly!

    Nicolas LeeNicolas LeeVor 5 Monate
  • Thank you molly for this beautiful interview! 💜

    VekachuuVekachuuVor 5 Monate
  • Molly have you watched any of the Soft White Underbelly interviews - I find them fascinating

    Sara CarbonariSara CarbonariVor 5 Monate
  • I feel quite intimidated by both of their beauty

    Free DeerFree DeerVor 5 Monate
  • I live in South Africa in Cape Town!!!😁💙

    auleviaauleviaVor 5 Monate
  • I had a family friend who had it

    Addie GriffinAddie GriffinVor 5 Monate
  • Mmmm?

    J CJ CVor 5 Monate
  • Finally someone else with ornithrophobia! 😓🦅

    Frogmy FairchildFrogmy FairchildVor 5 Monate
  • She is fricking stunning

    Phoebe The EquestrianPhoebe The EquestrianVor 6 Monate
  • I'm sorry to break it to you, but if a black woman has albinism it's not a black woman anymore.

    Shadowhunters xoShadowhunters xoVor 6 Monate
    • So funny 😑

      Nia HNia HVor 4 Monate
  • 15:03 someone’s finger is in the ways of the camera lol

    Karen Annie brownKaren Annie brownVor 6 Monate
  • Truly one of the most beautiful people I've ever seen 😍😍

    RocknRollRatRocknRollRatVor 6 Monate
  • Who loves Molly and lives in South Africa? 🌍🌍😍

    Philippa LouwPhilippa LouwVor 6 Monate
  • She should read audio books, her voice is so soothing!

    Mary GrabenMary GrabenVor 6 Monate
  • I love the manner which Thando expressed herself. Excellent interview 👍🏾

    LV7095 LVLV7095 LVVor 6 Monate
  • "i like to listen and learn about the trans community"ok how about you listen enough to know that periods isn't a female thing? that bodies don't have genders? a penis aint male if it's attached to a woman. also you're transphobic af because you keep excluding nonbinary people with your language.

    meowveriquemeowveriqueVor 6 Monate
    • Does she discredit trans people? Not trying to argue I just never noticed she was against trans from your comment

      VekachuuVekachuuVor 5 Monate
  • Thando thank you, thank you for being the change!

    ArtisticFleurArtisticFleurVor 6 Monate
  • I love you so much and I hope you’re well and that you’re bog is ok 🥰🥰😇🥰😇🥰😇🥰😇🥰😇🥰😇🥰

    Abbie HopeAbbie HopeVor 6 Monate
  • Wait I love her hair

    mercy main, btwmercy main, btwVor 6 Monate
  • “I did it afraid” that is an incredible quote!

    Space CadetsSpace CadetsVor 6 Monate
  • Love these two wise and articulate queens having such an intellectual, educational and wholesome discussion

    Rachel SpainRachel SpainVor 6 Monate
  • Diversity is important, but it's a very superficial notion in today's society. We forget to value intellectual diversity, which fuels division and hatred

    generic usernamegeneric usernameVor 6 Monate
  • Wow what an awesome interview..thank you Molly and Thando for sharing your lives

    cathy pauldingcathy pauldingVor 6 Monate
  • Git it to itttttt love you too 😘

    It's me EmmaIt's me EmmaVor 6 Monate
  • I immediately thought of Bon Appetite when Thando and Molly were speaking of tokenism.

    Daniel Ángel RodriguezDaniel Ángel RodriguezVor 6 Monate
  • R u not blind

    BLU OrbitBLU OrbitVor 6 Monate
    • She is

      Nia HNia HVor 4 Monate
  • Thando is beautiful, unique , (both visually and intellectually), intelligent, refreshing, and so easy to watch. Very inspiring! Thank you Molly, for the opportunity to meet such an incredible woman!

    Cristy SkallaCristy SkallaVor 6 Monate
  • Both Thando and Molly are so beautiful!!

    It’s MeIt’s MeVor 6 Monate
  • She's cool! I really like her a lot :) Thanks for featuring such a cool human!

    Shamanism2Shamanism2Vor 6 Monate
  • molly, i really love your videos but I don't know if i'm the only one that feels like the volume is usually too low. just thought that you should know

    KindCuteDiamondKindCuteDiamondVor 6 Monate
  • the way she talks about gaining confidence in herself and beauty specifically is so intellectual and genuinely inspiring

    AnnMarie YednakAnnMarie YednakVor 6 Monate
  • this was so awesome! i'd love to see more interviews in the future

    EclecticXerasiaEclecticXerasiaVor 6 Monate
  • I don't know why I found it so sad that she felt the need to specify that Zimbabwe was a country in Africa, do people not know this stuff? Anyways, beautiful video!

    Miranda WatsonMiranda WatsonVor 6 Monate
  • Thando is absolutely fabulous!

    Beatriz GarridoBeatriz GarridoVor 6 Monate
  • Females like her don't like or hang around blacks in the us. But it's all good

    byss biscitbyss biscitVor 6 Monate
  • Omg that "mmmm" sound 🤣😂. Love it!

    Neverever everneverNeverever everneverVor 6 Monate
  • Love this type of content from molly :)

    sdguedezsdguedezVor 6 Monate
  • I am also terrified of birds!!

    Zach BurnhamZach BurnhamVor 6 Monate
  • mmmmmmmmmmmmm

    Elias BremerElias BremerVor 6 Monate
  • I think the point about makeup colours is an interesting one. I have always thought about how they’re always expanding shade ranges, but never seem to create paler shades. As someone from a country where sun basically doesn’t exist, I have very pale skin! I have yet to find a shade that matches me well. I’d like to see more paler shades, but these days a person would get called racist for saying that, when it has nothing to do with race, but about being inclusive and thinking about the wide variety of people who exist in the world

    Lisa DawsonLisa DawsonVor 6 Monate
    • How is it racist to find a makeup color YOUR shade? Some people are crazy like it's NOT racist

      Nia HNia HVor 4 Monate
  • I am young but I do like to learn and I already knew alot about albinism but I loved learning about her life!

    CiaraCiaraVor 6 Monate
  • She is so beautiful and confident. She doesn't stand for what companies want she stands for what she wants

    CiaraCiaraVor 6 Monate
  • This interview is the best thing I've seen in days, I learn so much from it! 😍😍

    Nathalia NunesNathalia NunesVor 6 Monate
  • Thando's intelligence and presentation is so captivating, I could listen to her for hours

    Brooke GBrooke GVor 6 Monate
  • I have blond eyebrows with dark brown hair. I never questioned the fact that when I moved out I would dye my eyebrows darker, until now. Thank you Thando!

    Katelynn TullKatelynn TullVor 6 Monate
  • I've been in quarantine too long... I hear "let me give you a hug" and I'm like NO WHAT ARE YOU DOING???

    IceNixie0102IceNixie0102Vor 6 Monate
  • molly!! please start a podcast!

    R GaliciaR GaliciaVor 7 Monate
  • I actually have a friend who is African American who has albinism

    mukuXtuna6927mukuXtuna6927Vor 7 Monate
  • I cant stop looking at her skin. Its so flawless, she looks like a diamond, holy😍

    SathiaSathiaVor 7 Monate
  • 😂😂

    Emmma DEmmma DVor 7 Monate
  • Thando is beautiful, I agree with her dad! Thando seems like such an amazing person, thank you for this video! I love the chemistry you both have during a conversation, it works so well for an interview. ❤️ the almost 25 minutes flew by.

    LauraDoraLauraDoraVor 7 Monate
  • You can tell she’s so genuine and sweet 💕

    sam desylvasam desylvaVor 7 Monate
  • Everything that she says is like poetry

    Grace GomezGrace GomezVor 7 Monate
  • you are both so beautiful 💖

    CarlyCarlyVor 7 Monate
  • you are such an inspiration, wow!!

    CarlyCarlyVor 7 Monate
  • Albino Fam 🧜🏻‍♀️

    Ali HandAli HandVor 7 Monate
  • no one: Thando: mmmmmmmm mmmm 😂❤️❤️

    Lva MariaLva MariaVor 7 Monate
  • she should start a makeupline for albimism skincoulor! NEVER seen that one before!!!!!! SHE SHOULD! ang btw! LOVE this vid! Love from Marius, Oslo-Norway!

    Marius Brox WikstrandMarius Brox WikstrandVor 7 Monate
  • This was very special , two empowered. young women , making their mark on this world... 🙅💗💫💞🌺🌷🌐

    Syrena MilaniSyrena MilaniVor 7 Monate
  • “I had to choose enoughness” I needed to hear that!

    Adanna YorkAdanna YorkVor 7 Monate
  • I have albinism too :) x

    Somebody xSomebody xVor 7 Monate
  • "I love learning about experiences that I don't understand." That is a great description of what we have in common. :) Well, that and loving dogs and tea.

    GabiAPFGabiAPFVor 7 Monate
  • Well since you lived in Toronto... can we start speaking up about the indigenous people who are discriminated against and go missing /killed yearly in Canada?

    MarMarVor 7 Monate
  • this was so informative. Thando is beautiful, graceful and incredibly intelligent. Loved this video!

    Lusika GorishtiLusika GorishtiVor 7 Monate
  • Idk why but I find thandos voice to be so relaxing lol

    TheCrazyVulpixGuyTheCrazyVulpixGuyVor 7 Monate
  • I second her opinion, your interviews are really good.

    Smelly smellsSmelly smellsVor 7 Monate
  • 0:10 👁👄👁

    eko kekooeko kekooVor 7 Monate
  • wow this is so cool for me to watch because I have a black friend who has albinism as well😁

    Alexa MathieuxAlexa MathieuxVor 7 Monate
  • Yeah, I have something in common with Molly: I also love documentaries, books and podcasts about people with totally different experiences. For example I am really into lgbtq+ content although I'm cis and mostly straight.

    karlathefoxkarlathefoxVor 7 Monate
  • Thando gives off such powerful yet peaceful energy. I can tell she is a powerhouse of a woman. I would love to have a conversation with her. She looks like she has so much wisdom to share

    belatedbirthdaybelatedbirthdayVor 7 Monate
  • She’s wise beyond her years !

    Madeline MayMadeline MayVor 7 Monate
  • Mhhhhmm mhhhhmmmmm mhhhmm mhhhmm mhhhmmm mmhhhm ❤️

    Evelin IacobEvelin IacobVor 7 Monate
  • Molly is the next Barbara Walters

    MandiMandiVor 7 Monate
  • Wow. She's brilliant. I love her.

    MandiMandiVor 7 Monate
  • Bro she is so beautiful and kind and well spoken

    Cat MoninCat MoninVor 7 Monate
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