“She was bullied as a child because of her vitiligo; now she’s a model.”

Via on Aug 17, 2014

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Chantelle Brown-Young, aka Winnie Harlow.

Chantelle has vitiligo and was called “zebra” and “cow” as a child. She is now competing to be the next top model.”

 

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Michael Jackson had it. What is it? This.

A few tidbits:

  • It is painless and simply a lack of skin pigment
  • It is an autoimmune disease. Also if you have other skin conditions, your chance of getting this increases.
  • It can come and go on and off throughout your life.
  • I’m Caucasian and it is just as noticeable on my skin. There is white skin, and then there is vitiligo.
  • It is usually symmetrical. If you get it on one arm, you will likely get it in the same place on the other arm.

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5 Responses to ““She was bullied as a child because of her vitiligo; now she’s a model.””

  1. This is inspiring to see! I was born with vitiligo and have it on my legs, stomach and even in my hair. I love it now but remember being made fun of at school and someone even telling me I MUST have been a burns victim, refusing to believe it was a skin condition.

    I can't wait to follow Winnie Harlow's progress and career. So excited for her about this and so excited that this will make people more aware of Vitiligo.

    xxx

    • Katie says:

      Danielle – I hope you see this. You have piebaldism, not vitiligo. Our son has it and has super cool hair like yours! We have a Facebook group if you search for it.

  2. guest says:

    I am so glad Chantelle is comfortable in her own skin. As a mother who has a child with vitiligo, it has been difficult balance between efforts to treat the disease and reassuring her that her vitiligo adds to her uniqueness and beauty.

    • bonnie spiker says:

      Have you found any worthwhile treatments? I have had vitiligo for 13 years and I have been to many doctors/dermatologists. They all tell me the same thing, there is no treatment that they know of that will stop it or reverse it.

  3. Michele Long says:

    I was bullied because of my vitiligo too. I now embrace my uniqueness. I am past the depression and feeling odd and weird, feeling like I am different, and I don't fit in. I am past the "cover up" stage, now I want to show off my "spots" and let the world see, I am unique, I am me. Love this story, she is beautiful!! :)

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