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12/16/2017 3:36:17 AM

This Model With Vitiligo Is Possibly The Most Inspirational Person You’ll See Today (11 pics + 3 gifs)

Cinematic fashion website ShowStudio have made an amazing casting choice for their latest project. They’ve tapped 19-year-old Canadian model on the make Winnie Harlow – who models under the name Chantelle Young. She’s tall, slender, drop-dead gorgeous – but there’s something that sets her apart: she has vitiligo.


This Model With Vitiligo Is Possibly The Most Inspirational Thing You`ll See Today


Vitiligo is most famous for being the disease that turned Michael Jackson’s skin white. It’s caused by the death of melanocytes – the cells that give skin their pigment – and it affects the skin in patches.

Vitiligo can occur in people of all races, but it is particularly noticeable on people with a lot of melanin (those with dark skin) like Winnie.

Winnie has just come off a stint on America’s Next Top Model, where she made the following impassioned plea:

this model with vitiligo is possibly the most inspirational person you ll see today


She has become the first model with the disease and her story is truly inspirational.

this model with vitiligo is possibly the most inspirational person you ll see today


Not just because of her beauty.

this model with vitiligo is possibly the most inspirational person you ll see today


this model with vitiligo is possibly the most inspirational person you ll see today


But thanks to her positive outlook and acceptance.

This Model With Vitiligo Is Possibly The Most Inspirational Thing You`ll See Today


She has a huge following on Instagram, where she shares her musings: " Ever wis you could go back to the younger you and say `Don`t worry baby, it gets better`.

this model with vitiligo is possibly the most inspirational person you ll see today


And now she`s a model, catwalk star and aspiring writer

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And even appears on America`s Next Top Model.

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As well as in the latest ShowStudio campaign.

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She was three or four years old when her skin started changing pigmentation.

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And admits growing up was "really tough", she was beaten up and called names such "zebra" and "milky".
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But she learned to love herself and is now a vitiligo spokesperson.
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She has said: "I could take off all the brown skin and just be white. But i cannot take off all the white skin and just be brown."
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But she has accepted that God meant for her "to be original" and that`s "the way I`m supposed to be."

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And now she`s taking the world by storm and inspiring others. Carry on being you, Chantelle.

This Model With Vitiligo Is Possibly The Most Inspirational Thing You`ll See Today




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