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Introducing Vitiligo in The Sims 4

The Sims 4 has added vitiligo, a skin condition that causes areas of skin to lose their pigmentation, in a free update. Players can now create Sims with vitiligo patches on their face, upper torso, lower torso, arms, and legs. There are 61 patterns ranging from light to heavier coverage, with multiple swatch choices for heavier body patterns. Simmers can add these patterns to Sims of any age, from infants to elders.

Representation and Inclusivity

The Sims 4’s vitiligo update is a significant step towards inclusivity in the game. It allows players with vitiligo to more accurately recreate themselves as Sims, providing a more universal Sims experience. The update was announced in partnership with model Winnie Harlow, who has lived with vitiligo since she was four years old. Harlow called it “magical” to see vitiligo introduced to The Sims 4, as it encourages players to embrace what makes them unique both in-game and in real life.

A Playable Sim Version of Winnie Harlow

As part of the collaboration, a playable Sim version of Winnie Harlow is available for download from the Gallery via the Maxis gallery account. Harlow also worked with The Sims team to create her in-game dream house.

About Vitiligo

Vitiligo is a medical condition that affects approximately one percent of the population. It causes areas of skin to lose their pigmentation, leaving pale patches on a person’s body. While vitiligo does not have any immediate negative consequences for health, it can have a negative impact on a person’s social life and mental health due to its striking or unusual appearance.

The Sims 4’s Commitment to Inclusivity

The Sims 4’s vitiligo update is just one of many efforts by developer Maxis to increase inclusivity in the game. Previous free patches have added top surgery scars, binders and shapewear, and medical wearables. Maxis intends to continue improving The Sims 4’s representation of diverse people for years to come.

“The Sims, among other things, is about being able to see yourself and feel represented in the game,” said Ash Wait, The Sims 4 associate producer. “This is very important to the game team, and to our players. We have countless cultures, people, and places we want to bring into the game!”