Winnie Harlow is a gorgeous, strong woman of color.
Many beautiful colors, in fact, because Winnie has a skin condition called vitiligo. Data from the American Vitiligo Association suggests that the condition affects 1 – 2% of the world population. While it’s no more common among people of African descent, the pale patches of skin are more visible against darker skin tones.
She was determined not to be destroyed by the brutal taunts heaped upon her by her classmates, the most common of which was “zebra.”Winnie has used her striking beauty to build a career as a well-known model. From that lofty perch, she has been able to use her new fame to promote vitiligo awareness and aid others who suffer the condition. Her work on behalf of others who suffer the isolation of being ostracized for looking different is inspiring and impressive. Her 2011 video “Vitiligo: A Skin Condition Not A Life Changer” has done a great deal to shed light and information on the condition and to raise awareness.Ms. Harlow has done a great job of reminding all of us that beauty, like people, is unique.