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Who is Winnie Harlow? 5 things to know about Lewis Hamilton's rumoured girlfriend

Published 09/09/2016 | 18:20

LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 06: Winnie Harlow arrives for GQ Men Of The Year Awards 2016 at Tate Modern on September 6, 2016 in London, England. (Photo by Jeff Spicer/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 06: Winnie Harlow arrives for GQ Men Of The Year Awards 2016 at Tate Modern on September 6, 2016 in London, England. (Photo by Jeff Spicer/Getty Images)
Winnie Harlow (third from left) in Cycle 21 of America's Next Top Model. Picture: America's Next Top Model.
Winnie Harlow in Beyonce's Lemonade.

Her name has hit the headlines as rumours of a romance with Lewis Hamilton have circulated, but who is model Winnie Harlow?

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1. She was a contestant in America’s Next Top Model

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Winnie came sixth in Cycle 21 of the modelling contest in 2014 as Chantelle Brown-Young, before changing her name.  Since the show, Winnie has gone on to model at London Fashion Week and was announced as Desigual's brand ambassador.

2. She was discovered as a model on social media

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Winnie’s Instagram account was discovered by America’s Next Top Model host Tyra Banks at 19-years-old, resulting in her competing in the show.

3. She has the same skin condition as Michael Jackson

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Vitiligo is a rare skin condition whereby sections of the skin lose their pigment. The patches become white and the borders of the colour change are distinct. Winnie was diagnosed with the condition at four-years-old, and was bullied throughout her childhood a result.

4. She appears in the video for Beyonce’s Lemonade

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Winnie, from Canada, makes a cameo in Queen Bey’s visual album, as well as in this year’s remake of The Black Eyed Peas’ Where Is the Love.

5. She’s a powerful spokesperson

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The 21-year-old has given talks for TED and the Dove Self Esteem Project, but says she is not a vitiligo spokesperson. “I have vitiligo, and I am confident. That doesn’t make me the Spokesperson for Vitiligo,” she said on Instagram.

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