Meet Model 'Winnie Harlow' And Her Inspiring Story
Winnie Harlow is one of many models changing the modeling industry. She is redefining the way we look at beauty and skin color. At the age of four, she was diagnosed with vitiligo, an incurable skin pigmentation disease that causes colorless patches to develop on a person's body. Harlow was discovered and started her career on Tyra Banks's show 'America's Next Top Model'.
"When "America's Next Top Model" (ANTM) was casting for the new season I asked all my fans online to tag Tyra Banks so she could see my photos -- and they did! My little sister started a Facebook page for me and one of the producers from the show sent a message showing interest. Initially, I didn't believe it but I followed through and ended up being on the show for season 21. After Tyra gave me that opportunity it was my time."
Banks said herself that Harlow's “Skin breaks down barriers of what is considered beautiful.” Slowly but surely beauty will no longer have a standard. Models like Harlow are making that possible. Her presence in the fashion industry is important and very necessary. It is important to remember all the different kinds of bodies that exist in the world and we should celebrate all of them.
Harlow was bullied as a child and even considered suicide, but she gained confidence in herself. Harlow's story starts and ends with her skin, it has shaped her and made her the strong and confident person that she is today.
Here is an inspiring quote from Winnie Harlow,
“A lot of people have a story and a background, but mine is painted on my body.”