She grew up being called Zebra because of her skin condition. She’s neither black nor white but she’s original and that’s what made her a star.
Changing the face of fashion just by coming out in the open and showing off her skin is Chantelle Brown-Young, professionally known as Winnie Harlow. She is a Canadian model who has Vitiligo, a rare skin condition that occurs when the cells that produce melanin die or stop functioning.
Winnie started to develop patches of color on her arms, legs and face at the age of 4. Her skin slowly faded from brown to pale pink. As the pigmentation becomes noticeable, she was teased and called names like “cow’ and “zebra.” But, despite all the insults, Winnie managed to keep her head up and loved the skin she’s in.
Setting a good example and serving as an inspiration to people with the same type of skin disorder, Winnie chose not to cover her skin or get a treatment. Instead, she showed the world her positive outlook in life and how proud she is of her colors.
Winnie said, “If God wanted me to be black, I’d be black. If God wanted me to be white, I’d be white. But He chose for me to be both and original. So, I guess that’s the way I’m supposed to be.”
Check out the video to see how her confidence and determination turned her into a beautiful work of art.
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