Tyra Banks molded the Top Model enterprise around finding beauty and diversity in all shapes, sizes and looks. For years, we’ve soaked in some of the most stunning women flaunting their distinctive figures, ranging from a size 0 to a healthy size 14; refreshing for an overly critical modeling world that doesn’t always appreciate the colorful stream of beauty amongst the average day-to-day women.
Therefore, it’s no surprise that the upcoming season (we stopped counting) of the long-running show will continue to challenge those boundaries. Amongst the pool of 14 contestants is 19-year-old Chantelle Young, whose real name is Winnie Harlow. Via Instagram, the aspiring Canadian model describes herself as a “vitiligo spokesmodel,” in reference to the condition that causes patchy depigmentation of the skin.
Yesterday it was confirmed that Chantelle will join the legacy of Top Model. After watching her endearing Plea Video to the show’s voting fans, we at Vixen are definitely rooting for her and can’t wait to catch her on the newest cycle.
“A lot of people have a story or a background,” she says, “but mine is painted on my body.”
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