Last Updated on September 8, 2018 by mybiohub
Winnie Harlow born Chantelle Brown-Young on July 27, 1994 in Toronto, Ontario to Lisa Brown and Windsor Young. A Canadian fashion model, spokesperson, and activist who became popular after contesting on the twenty-first cycle of the U.S. television series America’s Next Top Model while having a prominent form of the skin condition vitiligo.
At the age of 4, Winnie was diagnosed with the chronic skin condition, characterized by depigmentation of portions of the skin. Throughout her childhood, she was an object of scorn by her peers and reportedly called a “cow, zebra, and all manner verbal harassment which led to her changing schools numerous times and dropping out of high school and at some point she contemplated committing suicide
Winnie was discovered by America’s Next Top Model host Tyra Banks on Instagram, and subsequently became one of the fourteen finalists of the twenty-first cycle in 2014. She was the first and only Canadian ever cast on ANTM. She was eliminated in episode 13, placing sixth overall.
Following her elimination from America’s Next Top Model, Winnie modeled for the Spanish clothing brand Desigual and became their official brand representative. In September 2014, she walked and closed for the clothing brand Ashish for their spring/summer 2015 collection in London Fashion Week. She has modelled for fashion magazines such as i-D and Dazed, Spanish and Italian editions of Glamour magazine, Complex magazine, Cosmopolitan and for the fashion website Showstudio.com.
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Winnie was featured on Vogue Italia’s website in an interview and accompanying photo shoot. In August 2015, Harlow shot the cover of and an accompanying editorial spread in the September issue of Ebony magazine, where she appeared alongside former America’s Next Top Model contestant Fatima Siad. In 2016, she was featured in a commercial for Sprite and was also featured in a campaign for Swarovski. The same year, she was chosen as one of BBC’s 100 Women.
She was presented with the ‘Role Model’ award at the 2015 Portuguese GQ Men of The Year event and also won the Beauty Idol Award at the 2015 Gala Spa Awards.