Just when you think you might be able to define the term “beauty,” I invite you to take a look at model Winnie Harlow‘s stunning cover shot!
Winnie was born Chantelle Brown-Young in 1994 in Toronto, to parents of Jamaican heritage. At the age of four, she contracted vitiligo, a chronic autoimmune disorder that causes a loss of pigment on the skin in patches around the body, particularly the face and hands.
While the condition is not contagious, it affects two percent of the population and has no known cure. Vitiligo affects all ethnicities, but is more visible among people of African and Hispanic heritage.
By the time she entered school, Winnie has being teased — and even beat up — by her classmates. Some likened her to a cow and “mooed” at her, while others simply avoided her in the mistaken fear that they might “catch” the condition.
“I remember sitting by my window, wishing upon the stars that my skin condition would go away,” she remembered. “I wondered, ‘Why me?’”
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MODEL (WINNIE HARLOW) WITH VITILIGO REDEFINING ‘BEAUTY’ was originally published on praisecleveland.com