What I Caught On TV: Chantelle Winnie

Beauty is not about looks, makeup or clothes. True beauty comes from being yourself.

I had once read the inspiring story of Chantelle Winnie, a beautiful 19 year-old model who has a skin pigment condition called – Vitiligo.

She has become the first model with the disease and her story is truly inspirational.

For most people with this condition, it is something they want to hide and won’t dare dream of flaunting it as a model. But Chantelle is different. Rather than being judged for her distinctive looks, Winnie’s now being celebrated for them.

She was diagnosed with Vitiligo at the age of four, and suffered bullying in school from her peers. They even gave her the nick names such as ‘Milky’ and ‘Zebra’ because of the white patches on her skin.

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So I was very proud of her when this past weekend, I watched her picking up the Beauty Idol award at German magazine Gala’s Spa Awards 2015 in Baden Baden, looking gorgeous in a sequin and lace red dress.

Chantelle is a model, catwalk star and aspiring writer. She doesn’t let her skin condition define her success and has broken barriers to rise successfully in her profession. I am truly inspired.

See more photos of Chantelle:

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Photo Credit:, @winnieharlow


* Vitiligo is a skin disorder characterized by smooth, white patches on various parts of the body, caused by the loss of the natural pigment.

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  • Reply
    Racheal Laye Edward
    March 27, 2015 at 9:25 pm

    Let our challenges inspire us to be and do better!

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    March 27, 2015 at 11:17 pm

    very inspiring the world is full of so many people to talk you down just dnt join in in destroying yourself by comparing yourself to others.

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    March 28, 2015 at 4:31 am

    Very inspiring story. She’s so beautiful.

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    Mojisola Obazuaye
    March 28, 2015 at 7:27 am

    Beauty is indeed not from within. When we focus on the outside, we lose who we are. Amazing story. Beautiful girls.
    Cheers, Mojisola.

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    faith umukoro
    March 28, 2015 at 10:31 pm

    She looks amazing the patches obviously made her who she is today. I will never put myself down again. I hate myself for not having a bum, breastfeeding and straight legs. All noises.

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