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

Via elephant journal
on Aug 17, 2014
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Update: Love ourselves, and the world will catch up.

Michael Jackson’s Skin Disorder Now A ‘Must Have’ 2015 Fashion Accessory (inquisitr.com)

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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8 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.


  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.

  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!! 🙂

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

  6. yogini1985 says:

    I think this is beautiful! I can imagine that having it can be hard because people are so awful but this truly is gorgeous! Don't let people bully you for any reason! Also if you are bound and determined to "cure it" I've seen a tattoo artist who works with people what have scaring and other different types of skin cover-ups they would like. Supposedly she can match the skin tone perfectly.

  7. Dan says:

    So alien and sensual.. Her body off sets her perfection.I'm wondering if she was heavier,if it would make a difference on how she's accepted?

  8. Darryl Gibbs says:

    So glad that I found yet another site that speaks positively on Vitiligo. Great message.