Popular model Winnie Harlow opens up about vitiligo, struggles and more for Complex Magazine
Harlow whose real name is Chantelle Brown-Young was born with a rare skin disease known as vitiligo opens up about being turned down early in life, struggles as a result of her skin condition and more disappointments.
Fast forward to now that the twenty one year old has fronted campaigns for Diesel and worked with famous photographers, she opens up to Complex magazine in an exclusive interview.
People know you for your work but also for your vitiligo. Does that bother you?
I am happy with my skin, and I’m proud of my skin, which is why I wear it so boldly. But if a job wanted me to, say, try a smoky eye and cover the vitiligo around my eye, I wouldn’t have a problem with that. I’m not my skin. I think people put too much into it. If someone freaks out because they covered the color of my eye with makeup, it’s like, “Yeah, they also put red nail polish on me and purple lipstick. My lips are not naturally purple.” They did alter it, but it’s not that big of a deal. It’s literally just a job.
When did you start embracing your skin?
It wasn’t so much a conscious effort of me trying to see it as something beautiful, but more so accepting myself for the way that I am. Not to say that it’s a positive or a negative, but just to say it’s me, and I love me, so everyone else is going to have to deal with it. [Laughs.]
Even to this day, people will ask me, “Don’t you feel that? Don’t you feel everyone staring at you?” and I really don’t. I almost never realize it unless someone’s being super obnoxious and directly staring at me long enough for me to catch their eye. That’s me being comfortable and happy with me. I know what I look like, so I know what people are looking at, but it just doesn’t faze me. Or it doesn’t faze me as much as it did when I was 15. It’s weird to me for people to stare at me, because I feel like I’m normal. I don’t see what there is to stare about.
We’ve seen you on Drake’s Instagram and vice versa, and he raps about you in “Know Yourself.” How do you guys know each other?
I’m friends with his producer, 40, so I met everyone through him. I’m just like, the little sister. They call me the “6 Goddess.”
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Interview Source- complex.com