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Model Winnie Harlow has vitiligo. And she's smashing the fashion industry's 'perfect' ideals.

Cinematic fashion website ShowStudio have made an amazing casting choice for their latest project. They’ve tapped 19-year-old Canadian model on the make Winnie Harlow – who models under the name Chantelle Young. She’s tall, slender, drop-dead gorgeous – but there’s something that sets her apart: she has vitiligo.

Winnie Harlow AKA Chantelle Young uses her vitiligo as an asset in her modelling career. Image by Showstudio.

Vitiligo is most famous for being the disease that turned Michael Jackson’s skin white. It’s caused by the death of melanocytes – the cells that give skin their pigment  – and it affects the skin in patches.

Vitiligo can occur in people of all races, but it is particularly noticeable on people with a lot of melanin (those with dark skin) like Winnie.

Winnie has just come off a stint on America’s Next Top Model, where she made the following impassioned plea:

“A lot of people have a story, a background, but mine is painted on my body.”

Her’s is a truly unique beauty. Here’s hoping more companies make the same choice as Showstudio, and we get to see a lot more of her.

Here are some more great examples of diversity in modelling. Can we see some more of these gorgeous ladies in the media, please?

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