By Anne Cacherell
Chantelle Brown-Young, professionally known as Winnie Harlow, is a Canadian model who suffers from Vitiligo, a chronic skin disease that occurs when the cells that produce melanin die or stop functioning.
At the age of 4, Winnie’s skin started to change. She developed patches of color on her arms, legs and face, and her skin began to fade from brown to pale pink. She was teased and was called names, but Winnie was comfortable with her skin and was determined to keep her head up.
Best known for her participation in the 21st cycle of the reality TV series America’s Next Top Model, Winnie obviously doesn’t have any problem dealing with her condition. What’s even more impressive is that she’s not interested in covering her skin or getting a treatment. She’s proud of her “colors’ and she feels good with it.
During her interview, she 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.”
Learn more about this model’s positive outlook in life by watching this short video.
When you finally accept who you are and that it’s okay not to be perfect, you’ll end up feeling normal and you’ll get to love yourself more. Were you inspired by Winnie’s story? Share with us your thoughts.