Model Chantelle Brown-Young Talks About Life With Vitiligo

Model Chantelle Brown-Young Talks About Life With Vitiligo
Model Chantelle Brown-Young Talks About Life With Vitiligo

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Model Chantelle Brown-Young, also known as Chantelle Winnie and Winnie Harlow, wrote an essay for Glamor about living with vitiligo (one of the most complex and least studied skin diseases associated with pigmentation disorders). Chantelle says that she did not have the disease from birth; she developed when she was four years old. According to the girl, she felt “different” in the third grade, when the girls with whom she became friends stopped communicating with her: their mothers were afraid that they would contract Chantel's disease. “My disease is not contagious. There is no cure for her. But since that incident in the third grade, she determined how people treat me,”the girl writes. In his essay, Chantelle describes a lot of bullying: at school, children called her a cow, and when they got older, they began to fight with her. This continued until she changed her educational institution.

The girl says that at first she did not dream of a modeling career until she was noticed by journalist Shannon Boudrum, who shot a video with her, which she later posted on YouTube. Then Chantelle took part in several shows (it was not easy for her - they did not want to take her anywhere because of her unusual appearance), after which she was noticed by the creators of the show "America's Next Top Model". After the show, the girl's career took off: she became the ambassador of the Desigual brand and starred in the Diesel advertising campaign.

The model says that she always accepted herself as she is - the only problem was the attitude of others. “I had to learn to love myself again, forgetting about the opinions of others and concentrating on what I think about myself,” concludes Chantelle Brown-Young.

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