Monday 20 May 2019

Model Winnie Harlow wins praise for posting underwear selfie

Canadian model Winnie Harlow poses for pictures on the red carpet upon arrival to attend the British Fashion Awards 2016 in London
Canadian model Winnie Harlow poses for pictures on the red carpet upon arrival to attend the British Fashion Awards 2016 in London
Winnie Harlow at the Monaco Grand Prix. Reuters / Max Rossi
Winnie Harlow
Winnie Harlow attending The Fashion Awards 2016 at the Royal Albert Hall, London
Caitlin McBride

Caitlin McBride

Winnie Harlow said she "find my beauty in the opinions of others" in an inspiring post on Instagram.

The 23-year-old model, who was linked to Formula One star Lewis Hamilton, shared a mirror selfie in just a thong, with the caption:  "The real difference isn't my skin. It's the fact that I don't find my beauty in the opinions of others. I'm beautiful because I know it. Celebrate Your unique beauty today (& everyday)!"

Winnie has skin condition vitiligo, which she was bullied for in school and left her feeling suicidal. Her big big break in modelling came in 2014 when she was named as a finalist on America's Next Top Model. At the time, host Tyra Banks said she wanted to inspire new standards of beauty.

"Her skin breaks down barriers of what is considered beautiful," she said.

Winnie Harlow
Winnie Harlow

Harlow has been vocal about her experiences with bullying from a young age, previous sharing:  "I remember sitting by my window, wishing upon the stars that my skin condition would go away.

"One boy would moo loudly at me every time we walked into an assembly, and everyone would laugh."

In 2011, she launched a now viral YouTube video called Vitiligo: A Skin Condition not a Life Change and is now an in-demand model as brand ambassador for Desigual and featured in Beyonce's video for Lemonade.

Winnie Harlow attending The Fashion Awards 2016 at the Royal Albert Hall, London
Winnie Harlow attending The Fashion Awards 2016 at the Royal Albert Hall, London
Supermodel Winnie Harlow on the grid during the Monaco Formula One Grand Prix at Circuit de Monaco on May 28, 2017 in Monte-Carlo, Monaco. (Photo by Mark Thompson/Getty Images)
Supermodel Winnie Harlow on the grid during the Monaco Formula One Grand Prix at Circuit de Monaco on May 28, 2017 in Monte-Carlo, Monaco. (Photo by Mark Thompson/Getty Images)

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