A New Look

By Theresa Marie

Theresa Maria 1The fashion industry has come a long way, with decades upon decades of trending style.

Women of every age, race and body shape have been using tools such as magazines, television, and in more recent years the internet “social media” to help direct them on the right path of being socially accepted.

For former America’s Next Top Model contestant and fashion model Chantelle Brown-Young (Winnie Harlow), redefining the industry has become no more than second nature.

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For Winnie, it all began at the age of 4 years old. She was diagnosed with Vitiligo, a chronic skin condition that produces patches of pigmentation when the immune system attacks the body’s melanin. Being the victim of bullying throughout school led to her drop out at age 16.

 

The begining of her modeling career began when she was scouted by super model Tyra Banks, who had seen Winnie’s photos on Instagram and soon coaxed her to audition for her television show in which she judged “America’s Next Top Model”.  Winnie was accepted, but was soon eliminated on the fourth episode. When rules changed, she returned appearing in the ninth episode, overall placing sixth in the entire competition.

Following the tapping of the show, she appeared in Ashish’s spring/summer 2015 London Fashion Week show, and was the star model in Diesel’s un-retouched campaign spring/summer 2015. Winnie also had a starring role in Eminem and Sia’s “Guts Over Fear” following with appearing in a few other high profile magazines.

 “When I was young I was picked on for something that today I feel is amazing. One thing about me connects millions of people around the world. And it’s my skin condition – vitiligo,” stated by Winnie herself. She goes on to state on her website “Chantelle Brown-Young is my real name. Winnie is my nick name that I was given as a teenager and it has stuck with me. I’ve combined my real name and my nick name to create “Chantelle Winnie”  “Chantelle Brown-Young is my real name. Winnie is my nick name that I was given as a teenager and it has stuck with me. I’ve combined my real name and my nick name to create “Chantelle Winnie”. 

 With well over 900,000 followers on Instagram and over 20,000 “likes” on most of what she post, Winnie has definitely come a long way from the little girl whom was the brunt of school age children’s jokes, to a high end trend in the fashion world.

 

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