You’ve probably seen Canadian model Winnie Harlow, born Chantelle Brown-Young, and didn’t even know it. If you’ve seen any magazine ad or commercial with any model with vitiligo in it, it was probably her. She is literally everywhere after being on Season 21 of Tyra Banks hugely successful, America’s Next Top Model TV show.
But Harlow did not have an easy childhood. At the age of four she was diagnosed with vitiligo, the incurable skin pigmentation disease that causes colorless patches to develop on a person’s body.
Bullied for the way she looked, her peers at school taunted her with cruel nicknames such as “cow” and “zebra”. “The bullying was so bad that I was forced to drop out and be home schooled,” Harlow recalls.
Fast-forward to 2016 and Harlow has over one million followers on Instagram, she’s the face of Spanish fashion label Desigual.
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