Winnie Harlow is a supermodel with vitiligo, who has been battling beauty stereotypes since childhood
From the time we are young, we are taught that we all have to look a certain way. Girls smooth their curly hair back with a lot of gel to make it look better. Our bodies have to be slim, and our skin has to look like porcelain and have no spots of acne or dirt on it. But thanks to women like Winnie Harlow who don’t apologize for being themselves, the world’s narrow beauty standards are now changing in a big way.
Here at natureistic, we want to give Winnie a big round of applause because she has put more trust in herself than in anything else in the world. Because of this, she has become not only a fashion model but also a role model for many people’s self-esteem.
From the start, Winnie’s life was not a fairy tale.
Chantelle Brown-Young is her real name. Greater Toronto was her birthplace. When she was 4, she was told she had vitiligo. Since she was young, she’s had the feeling that she’s not like other people.
In her interview, she says, “When I was a kid, I never saw anyone who looked like me on TV, on billboards, or on the runways.” “I thought I was the only one like me in the world.” Her peers didn’t like her because of her condition, which she said was painful in her interview.
Winnie says, “I don’t think my skin condition affected my self-esteem as much as the people around me.”
Even she was surprised by how her career began.
Like most talented people, Winnie’s ability to be a model was found by accident. Shannon Boodram, a journalist in Toronto, served as her “fairy godmother.”, who made a YouTube video about Winnie and her condition. It got more than 150,000 views very quickly. Shannon told Winnie, who was only 16 at the time, that she should think about becoming a model.
Winnie says in her interview, “She called me and told me I should continue modeling, the camera liked me, and I was a natural, they said..” “She didn’t believe for a second that was my first photo shoot.”
Even though she had a lot of problems, Winnie seemed to be a tough nut to crack.
Winnie’s big break into the public eye came in 2014, when she was 19. She was on Tyra Banks’s show America’s Next Top Model. Even though she didn’t win, she still made it to the last rounds. This must have been a hard time for the model, since she never talks about it in interviews.
The woman says about the show, “At that time in my life, I was informed or given the impression that modeling wasn’t for me or that I couldn’t do it..”
Winnie Harlow was able to speak out and inspire others because she was a model.
Winnie Harlow is now the face of a well-known fashion brand, and she often talks about beauty standards when she’s on TV. She has won a lot of awards in different areas, and her strong opinions continue to make waves in the fashion world.
Winnie is changing what the world thinks is beautiful. She says, “I think beauty is in the eye of the beholder.” She wants fashion to be less aspirational and more inspiring.
She then says, “I always say that you should care more about what you think of yourself than what other people think of you.”
Do you find Winnie’s story to be a good one? Who do you think is the best representative of beauty and diversity?
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