Bullies are terrible, even more so when you're a teenager. Kartiki Bhatnagar, a 17-year-old with vitiligo, has opened up about being bullied because of her skin, and how she chose to fight the bullies — with art.

Bhatnagar developed the condition when she was 7 years old.

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She tried to solve it with medication but nothing worked.  

“I felt like I do not really belong here,” the student from New Delhi, India told People Magazine. “I thought maybe in the future no one will like me. I felt people will be scared to hug me, touch me or even talk. I even thought that no guy will ever like me or accept me for who I am. This really affected my formative years.”

She even had a secret meeting at school to try and persuade her friends that she wasn't contagious.

Woman with vitiligo rainbow art
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Earlier this year, she began to see her condition in a different and more positive light.

“One day, my friend Shreyas looked at my foot and exclaimed, ‘Whoa! I love the dual skin tone color you have.’ That seriously bewildered me,” she revealed. “Before I had the time to process this, he pointed at my left foot and commented, ‘In fact, that patch actually looks like the Apple logo.’ ”

Woman with vitiligo rainbow art
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At first, she thought her friend was making fun of her, but then she saw what he saw and started outlining her spots with a pen, transforming her vitiligo into skylines and ghosts.

“As a person I am really experimental in nature and I like to think out of the box,” she told People. “Some may call this crazy, but usually I am thinking of new things I can do with them. I have been given it, might as well embrace it! I was even thinking of making them everlasting by getting them tattooed.”

Since she shared her story, she has heard from people all over the world.

woman with vitiligo art
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“I was once called the Vitiligo Queen and that made me so happy!” she says. “I am so glad my main aim of making people aware of vitiligo is coming to the forefront and I can dispel its myths.”