Winnie Harlow

Winnie Harlow 1994

Winnie Harlow, born Chantelle Brown-Young (1994): Canadian model and activist

Winnie Harlow, a symbol of inclusiveness, is one of the most influential models of the new millennium, thanks to the naturalness with which she approaches the world and its diversity. We would like to point out how much her vitiligo has influenced her popularity. The 2020s aimed, at least in the fashion context, and with too much simplicity, at inclusion. A goal set far and wide in the world of fashion biz as evidenced by the various initiatives from Milan to New York, from Paris to London.

Winnie Harlow
The body-positive Winnie Harlow

Harlow was diagnosed with vitiligo at the age of four. The model of Jamaican origins has never hidden her complicated childhood, spent having to defend herself (and suffer) due to some bullies who marked her skin defect.

I am aware that I am considered an example of changing times, and tomorrow I think my walking the fashion catwalks will be talked about in the same way that the first black models, who debuted years ago, are remembered today. But I have not become famous for this, for my skin. I am not a trend. I deserve success because I have always considered myself the entrepreneur of myself,” stated the model.

The debut in the fashion world

After some modelling jobs in Toronto (following an interview with photographer Shannon Boodram), to which she alternated activities as a lingerie saleswoman and telemarketing operator, she participated in America’s Next Top Model show in 2014, arriving among the finalists. Tyra Banks discovered her on Instagram. In New York, she was hired by the Women Model Management, to which she owes her success.

She started her modelling work as a Victoria’s Secret angel. She became Tommy Hilfiger’s face, working with his colleague Gigi Hadid, who also created a capsule collection, TOMMYXGIGI, for the American brand. Then she walked the catwalk for Philipp Plein, Byblos, Jean Paul Gaultier, H&M x Moschino, Desigual and Diesel. She also posed for international magazines such as Vogue and I-D.

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