Winnie Harlow by no means ceases to amaze us. She’s made it her mission to signify individuals with pores and skin circumstances within the media, and final evening she grew to become the primary mannequin with vitiligo to stroll the runway on the Victoria’s Secret Style Present.
Vitiligo is a pores and skin dysfunction that causes pigment-free patches of pores and skin to seem randomly on the physique. It occurs when the cells answerable for pores and skin pigment, melanocytes, are destroyed. The reason behind vitiligo is unknown, however some consultants consider it may be an autoimmune illness—which means the immune system assaults the physique’s pigment-producing cells.
Dwelling with a pores and skin situation like vitiligo will be isolating, however all through her profession, Harlow has proved that it doesn’t have to carry you again fom dwelling life to the fullest.
The 24-year-old Toronto native made her business debut on America’s Subsequent Prime Mannequin in 2014. Since then, she’s walked numerous runways, appeared in Beyoncé’s visible album Lemonade, and develop into a task mannequin to her 4.6 million followers on Instagram. The Victoria’s Secret Style Present, nonetheless, was at all times her dream.
“It’s the head of my profession,” Harlow advised Vogue in a September interview. “I advised anybody [who] requested, ‘I need Victoria’s Secret!’”
She additionally stated she needed to make use of the chance as an opportunity to defy cultural magnificence requirements. “Why is there a stigma round being completely different after we’re all completely different?”
She’s proper, and that’s one thing that may be exhausting to recollect for those who’re dwelling with a pores and skin situation. Chelsey Hamilton, who was identified with vitiligo at age 17, know all about this. In a earlier Well being story, she defined her expertise.
“I used to be surprised by my analysis. Every time I might had a medical challenge earlier than, I may simply take a tablet or see one other physician to make it higher… To even out my pores and skin tone, I globbed concealer on my face and slathered tanning lotions throughout my physique… My self-confidence plummeted. I felt ugly,” Hamilton wrote.
Finally, Hamilton discovered to just accept her white patches, and due to the instance of individuals like Harlow, others with pores and skin circumstances can discover the power to do the identical.
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