You have seen Winnie Harlow (also known as Chantelle Winnie) in some of the biggest fashion magazines, fashion shows, and commercials. However, she is more than just a pretty face.
She was first seen on America’s Next Top Model for her beauty and noticed for her skin condition called Vitiligo. According to Mayo Clinic, Vitiligo (vit-ih-LIE-go) is a disease that cause the skin to lose its color in blotches. It occurs when the melanin-producing cells die or no longer function. Vitiligo can affect the skin on any part of the body, and may also affect a person’s hair, mouth, and eyes.
Winnie was bullied by her peers at school for the way she looked. She was called names like “cow” and “zebra,” and the bullying got so bad that she had to drop out and be home schooled. This didn’t stop her though. She gained the determination and courage to face those challenges in life and learned the power of self love.
Winnie is pushing boundaries within the fashion industry and challenging the way people perceive beauty. She inspires women around the world to go after their dreams no matter what challenges may come their way. She reminds women that beauty isn’t defined as perfection, and that they don’t have to be the prettiest or the skinniest. From Winnie we can learn to embrace what we are blessed with and feel confident in our own skin.
“I loved myself. And with that, opportunities started to fall into my lap, and I thank God for all of them. Try loving yourself.”
– Winnie Harlow