A model with a difference

By Drum Digital
09 February 2015

Canadian model Winnie Harlow is the face of Diesel's Spring 2015 campaign and Spanish clothing brand Desigual.

Canadian model Winnie Harlow is the face of Diesel's Spring 2015 campaign and Spanish clothing brand Desigual.

Winnie, born Chantelle Brown-Young, is a former America's Next Top Model contestant and was diagnosed with vitiligo when she was about four years old.

Growing up, she was cruelly called names like “zebra” and “cow” because of the white patches covering her face and body.

The late pop icon Michael Jackson had the same condition, and explained his pale complexion was a result of the lack of melanin in his skin.

A spokesperson for Desigual said of their model spokeswoman, “She is pure inspiration, a whirlwind of positive energy, an example of strength and achievement. Some who demonstrates that we are all special and can achieve what we set out to do.”

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