Born in South Africa, Thando Hopa spent four years as a prosecutor specializing in sexual abuse cases in her home country. After being scouted by a modeling agency, she was included in the 2018 Pirelli Calendar, becoming the first South African person of color to appear in it. In 2019, she made history as the first person with albinism to appear on the cover of Vogue.
In 2020 Hopa gave a talk at the World Economic Forum’s Annual Meeting at Davos. Entitled “The Beauty of Inclusion”, she tackled topics around issues of diversity and inclusivity, and described her experiences as a person with albinism.
Her career has given her opportunities to challenge perceptions and confront prejudice and stereotypes. She believes that true inclusivity means finding space for everyone, affording everyone respect, and giving people agency over their sense of identity.
As a current fellow at the World Economic Forum, she is working towards changing editorial oversights that occur when depicting historically under-represented and vulnerable groups.
Elegant, articulate and generous of spirit, Hopa is a woman on a mission. Listen to her fascinating and inspirational journey at and&.