A beauty queen is revered for her tall stature, perfect poise, and flawless skin, among other qualities of perfection. A beauty queen is an inspiration and an ideal of beauty for millions. A beauty queen is someone with vitiligo. Vitiligo is a skin condition causing the loss of pigment, or color, in various parts of the body. The disease varies in degree and can appear anywhere on the human form, including the face, arms, legs, stomach, or any other area that has skin. While vitiligo is not a curable disease, there are several treatments that can help even out one’s tone, reduce inflammation and other ailments.
Winnie Harlow is a beauty queen and a person who suffers from this disease, redefining the beauty world with her stunning looks, beautiful confidence, and inspiring message. Harlow was born in Toronto, Canada, and was diagnosed with vitiligo at the young age of four. All her life she has struggled with the social impact and emotional stress that so many face when dealing with the disease. Over the years, her passion for beauty, modeling and breaking the status quo has led her to become one of the most famous advocates and faces for the disease, including her appearance on America’s Next Top Model.
As a young child, Winnie faced the harsh realities of bullying and hazing throughout her primary and secondary school years. Dubbed “cow,” “zebra,” and other hurtful names, Winnie was forced to change schools often to diffuse her harassment. Eventually, Winnie dropped out of school due to the extreme prejudice against her skin condition, and even reportedly contemplated suicide. Nearly 20 years worth of enduring glaring looks, constant insecurity, and self-doubt led her to the stage, and in 2014 she was one of 14 young contestants showcased on the hit TV series, America’s Next Top Model. Unfortunately, Winnie didn’t last long in the competition, getting eliminated in the second week, but that didn’t slow her down. Shortly after her television debut, Winnie found herself surrounded by opportunity and has never looked back.
As one can imagine, after being showcased on one of America’s top beauty shows, Winnie started landing all kinds of modeling gigs, ranging from magazine covers, to fashion shows, photo shoots with high-end designers and even commercial deals, including Sprite. Some other noteworthy appearances include:
2014 – Access Hollywood: Episode: “June 26, 2014”
2014 – America’s Next Top Model: 6th Place
2015 – Prominent: Episode: “February 13, 2015”
2015 – Primetime: What Would You Do: Episode: “Friday, June 12th”
2014 – “The One” Artist: JMSN
2014 – “Guts over Fear” Artist: Eminem Ft. Sia
2016 – “Lemonade” Artist: Beyonce
Awards and Nominations:
2015 – Gala Spa Awards 2015 Award: Beauty Idol
2015 – Portuguese GQ Men of The Year Award: Role Model
Winnie Harlow has even found love during her recent success, capturing the heart of Lewis Hamilton, a Formula 1 racer. In recent news, the two were spotted at various parties including a shindig that went all night in New York City. While there is some confusion around Lewis and his current single status, that hasn’t stopped the paparazzi from snapping candid shots of the two at various parties, venues, and events, fueling the fire that the two have a secret love affair.
While the media and fans wait to hear the official “announcement” of the two being an item, Winnie continues to defy the status quo. From an early age, battling heartbreaking ridicule to her most recent success as a top model, spokesperson, and new face of beauty, Winnie has a long and prosperous future ahead of her.