The Sims 4 free update adds vitiligo skin details in continued effort for more inclusive character creation

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The Sims 4 - A Sim with vitiligo inspired by Winnie Harlow wears a romper and smiles inside a modern, white decor room

As part of its continuing efforts to diversify The Sims 4 character creation, Maxis has added new skin details to Create-A-Sim. These patches of depigmented skin are caused by vitiligo, an autoimmune disease that affects an estimated 1% of the US population and 100 million people worldwide. Maxis says that Sims of all ages can have vitiligo with varying amounts of coverage and symmetry on their face, torso, and limbs as part of a free base game update that launched today.

To celebrate the addition, Maxis has partnered with Canadian fashion model and activist Winnie Harlow, who has vitiligo and has spoken publicly about the condition during her career. Harlow was also an avid Sims player as a kid, it turns out. “It’s magical to see The Sims 4 team introduce this new Vitiligo feature,” Harlow says. “As a child, I spent a lot of time playing The Sims and I think it’s so beautiful to be able to represent your true self in-game.”

(Image credit: Maxis, Electronic Arts)

Maxis says Harlow will also be sharing some of her own interior design inspirations, a Winnie-inspired Sim to download, and a build based on her home in Hollywood.

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