Winnie Harlow: From Victim to Icon

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I have recently found my new inspiration in international model Chantelle Brown-Young, also known as Winnie Harlow. Famous for her stunning pictures on social media, this Canadian native caught people’s attention due to her rare skin condition called vitiligo. According to webmd.com, this disease affects the skin pigmentation of a person, which results in white patches being formed on the skin.

Although Harlow was a victim of bullying growing up, she has turned that negative energy into a positive message for herself and others. First appearing on the hit modeling show, America’s Next Top Mode Cycle 2l, Harlow instantly redefined society’s image of beauty. Rather than shy away from the camera, Harlow stepped right in front and gave it her all. Check out her audition below:

  

Her triumph of showing the beauty in differences has led to great opportunities such as recently being featured in Diesel’s 2015 spring campaign! She has been making huge strides for herself and those who look up to her! Her positive outlook on life, her disease and acceptance of who she is more than moving for all to learn the pure joy of embracing flaws. She is the 21st century image of beauty inside and out and I look forward to all the success she will have in the future!

 

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Brea Thompson is a junior studying Communication at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Since coming to campus, Brea has been honing her writing skills through organizational projects such as the Student Senate Public Relations Committee and the Communication Association. She is an avid believer that storytelling is the most powerful way to inform, communicate and persuade an audience. When Brea is not writing, she enjoys thrifting, crafting do-it-yourself projects and looking for new hair products!

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