It’s fair to say that many young people have dreams for the future. And Mariah Perkins is no different in that respect: she wants to eventually become a profiler for the FBI. But the 20-year-old also harbors one more modest – and hopefully attainable – ambition. Specifically, she just wants to find someone who’ll love her despite the skin she’s in.
And Perkins has shied away from finding romance in the past, in large part because of insecurity about her appearance. She had first realized that her body was changing, moreover, when she was only 11 years old – and in ways that marked her out from her peers. At that age, Perkins – who is African American – discovered that one of her fingers had a conspicuously white patch on it; it was something that she didn’t take much heed of at first, though.