Queen of the DayOne Gorgeous Model With Vitiligo Is Inspiring The Whole InternetMargaret Eby

Chantelle Brown-Young is a 19-year-old model from Toronto, Canada. She’s beautiful and talented, and recently landed a spot in the upcoming season of America’s Next Top Model.

She also has vitiligo, a skin condition that causes the depigmentation of skin, leaving her with patches of lighter skin on her face and body. And she’s become a pioneer in the fashion industry for overcoming critics and proudly posing for the world.

Young, who also goes by Winnie Harlow, has become a self-described spokesperson for vitiligo, and an inspiration for other people who have the same condition. On Instagram, where she’s gathered over 91,000 followers, she posts high fashion photos, inspirational quotes, and fan art.

Young began developing patches of depigmentation when she was a toddler, and she went through a hard time as a child.

“I went through a lot of bullying, people calling me ‘zebra’ or ‘cow,’” she told an interviewer on YouTube.

“It’s just skin,” she explained. “People have black skin; people have brown skin. I have both…It’s not at all a big deal.”

Young has dreams of one day hosting her own television program as well as continuing with her modeling career. In the meantime, she’s helping to change the fashion industry’s narrow standards of beauty by sending an empowering message.

“I’m not ashamed of my body,” Young wrote on her blog. “And if I don’t care about it, you shouldn’t either… Modeling is something I’ve dreamed about since I was a little girl, and just because I have vitiligo that’s not going to stop me. I embrace the skin I’m in.”

We should all take a page from Young’s book.

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  1. Our 16 year old son was actually born with Vitiligo and now our older son’s 3 year old daughter (our granddaughter) is now showing signs of it. We have always told all our children that God has made each of them special and that they can accomplish anything. With the love of God, family, friends and others that can inspire them, kids can do whatever they want no matter what obstacles or health issues or whatever comes their way. Winnie, I want to personally thank you for for sharing your story and being that inspiration.

  2. She is gorgeous.

  3. I have Vitiligo as well. I’m personally not a big fan of Winnie. I’m interested to see how the America’s top model with her in it plays out when it airs this summer.

    • You didn’t explain why you’re not a fan. Just curious as I’ve just read about her.

      Nonetheless, I personally greatly respect anyone who doesn’t let a disease, illness, life-changing event stop them from living their life to the fullest. An inspirational woman.

    • I’m curious as to why you’re not a fan. I’m not of any opinion; this is the first I’ve heard of her.