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.
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.
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Photo Credit: Metro.co.uk, @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.