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Beautiful Super Model with vitiligo takes on fashion world

The beautiful Chantelle Brown-Young is a model living with the rare skin condition, vitiligo, best known for turning Michael Jackson’s skin white

Photo: Winnie Harlow's Instagram

Photo: Winnie Harlow’s Instagram

US-based Chantelle Brown-Young aka Winnie Harlow lives positively with this condition despite the difficulties she faced as a child when the onset of the skin disorder first became clear.

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She has used what would probably crush many people to learn to love herself and live her life to the fullest. While doing so, she’s amassed a huge following on Instagram

Chantelle also appeared on the hit reality TV series America’s Next Top Model, hosted by veteran model Tyra Banks.

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Photo: America's Next Top Model website

She was three or four years-old when her skin started changing pigmentation. She admits that growing up was tough as she was bullied and called names like ‘Zebra’.

Photo: Winnie Harlow's Instagram

Check out this interview with her on Those Girls Are Wild:

Vitiligo is a rare autoimmune condition affecting the skin cells leading to discolouration. In some extreme cases, the disease does lead to a degree of photosensitivity in the eyes and the skin.

It is a physically painless disease but the emotional pain incurred from social stigma, superstition and misinformation can be huge.

Scientists lack adequate information about the human body’s immune system which makes vitiligo difficult to deal with. It has no cure and can only  be managed.

Source: Standard Digital

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Written by How Africa

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