When we think of beauty, we don’t often think of someone like Winnie Harlow. The 20 year old America’s Next Top Model contestant is…different. Her beauty is striking, her body is awesome, her smile is EVERYTHING…she has all the makings of being a Top Fashion Model. The only thing that could have potentially stood in her way was a condition she developed at the age of four, called vitiligo. (Loss of skin pigment) Fortunately, Winnie, nor Tyra Banks saw her condition as a roadblock. To the contrary, they saw Winnie’s physical “imperfections” as a thing of beauty.
Recently, Winnie was featured in a Spring-Summer 2015 campaign for Diesel. (That I absolutely LOVE) See Below:
Personally, I think this ad is groundbreaking. Contrary to popular belief, everyone isn’t meant to look like the girls we see in magazines and on TV. Some of us have a different kind of beauty. Nothing makes me happier than seeing Winnie comfortable in her own skin. What a wonderful feeling that must be! (Lots of us could take lessons from her)
This isn’t the first time that Diesel has dared to be different.
Jillian Mercado, a fashion blogger with muscular dystrophy, who also happens to use a wheelchair, was featured in their Spring 2014 campaign. What an incredible message to send out to the world!
Apparently, Diesel and Tyra aren’t the only ones who think Winnie is a “looker.” Recently, Winnie posted some Instagram pics with Canadian born rapper, Drake.
Now I don’t know if they’re dating or not. That ain’t none of my business. But if they were…that would be nice 🙂
Winnie is actually the FIRST Canadian born model to be admitted to the America’s Next Top Model competition. But let’s not get it twisted, Winnie’s no slouch. She’s WALKED runways, honey! She is a model, and a great one!
Of course, all things haven’t been butterflies and glitter for the young model. She’s had to put up with some pretty mean comments from people via social media. One person even asked her why she didn’t just bleach her skin? If I were her, I’d ask that same person why they didn’t just drink bleach, but Winnie’s not me, so she didn’t ask that question.
Her response to questions like that?:
“If God wanted me to be black, I’d be black. If he wanted me to be white, I’d be white. Instead he wanted me to be both—an original.”
BOOM! Original, you are my love.