White's journey, both literal and personal, is a testament to the power of resilience, and a call to action to reevaluate societal norms surrounding body art. The demeaning experiences she faced due to her face tattoo are a stark reminder of the prejudice still pervasive in the professional domain.
“It’s not just about me, it’s about everyone that has been treated differently because of their appearance,” White declared. “We’re all human. We all have pasts."
"I hope that by sharing my story, I can help others feel less alone and not be judged for their past," White further added.
White’s story also illuminates the growing role of social media in bridging gaps and providing support. Platforms like TikTok facilitate connections between people who might otherwise never cross paths, leading to acts of kindness like Askenasy's, which can dramatically impact lives.
The generosity of Askenasy and the commitment from Removery to undertake White's tattoo removal at no cost, signify a shift towards inclusivity and acceptance in society.
“We believe in giving everyone the opportunity to express themselves, however they see fit,” Carmen VanderHeiden Brodie, of Removery, stated. “Tattoos can be a form of self-expression, but when they become a barrier to growth and success, we are here to help."
The change in societal attitudes towards tattoos and body modifications is slow but noticeable, and stories like White's underscore the need for a more progressive outlook towards body art, particularly in the workplace.
“We need to remember that we are employing people, not their tattoos,” Askenasy emphasized, calling for employers to be more understanding and accepting of body art.
As Taylor White embarks on her journey to a 'normal life', her story brings to the fore the urgent need for society to redefine 'normal'. It serves as a reminder that 'normal' is subjective, and inclusivity and acceptance should be the new 'normal' in the professional domain.
White's story is not the end, but a new beginning - for her and for countless others who face similar struggles. It's a story that calls for change, and above all, a story about turning adversity into opportunity and hope.