She’s never been represented on the runway before but Winnie Harlow is New York fashion weeks new ‘IT Girl’ and it’s for all the right reasons.
We’re not used to seeing much diversity on the catwalks of fashion week, so it’s quite extraordinary to see not only a black woman, but a woman with an obvious skin condition like Vitiligo, as the model of the moment.
It’s called Vitiligo and is a skin disorder that causes patches of skin to lose melanin, turning the skins normal pigment white.
In an industry with a fairly narrow scope on what qualifies as beautiful, the fact that 20-year-old model Winnie Harlow is being celebrated on the most prestigious catwalks around the world, is an incredibly refreshing and a welcome change.
“I feel like the industry is very much opening up, widening their eyes,” the model told BBC.
For years the public and media have been crying out to see more diversity on the runways and Harlow says she believes she was selected because “that’s what people are looking for, you know, something they can relate to, a real person,” the BBC reported.
Harlow’s career was launched by US reality show America’s Next Top Model last May after the show’s creator, Tyra Banks, spotted the young model on social media.