Beauty is acceptance

2014-06-23 10:00

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US model Winnie Harlow is a breath of fresh air amid the fashion fakes. She rocked up at the MuchMusic Video Awards wearing a sheer lace number.

As a spokesperson for vitiligo – the condition that causes the pigmentation on her skin – she is all about being proud of how you look.

There is a process in pottery called kintsukuroi, where cracks in bowls and cups are repaired with silver or gold lacquer, with the understanding that the pottery is more beautiful for having a defect.

In some way, this applies to Harlow – she is all the more beautiful for the “defect” of vitiligo on her skin.

US albino male model Shaun Ross (left) nailed it in a recent video with his definition of beauty: “Beauty is a person who can hold themselves up. They know who they are and have accepted themselves.”

I would hope these two models haven’t been chosen solely for their novelty. The fashion industry is prone to making a spectacle out of people who don’t look like the norm. But regardless, they are inspiring.

Not just to those with pigmentation conditions, but to everyone who feels like they don’t look “how they are supposed to”.

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