Winnie Harlow was born Chantelle Brown-Young on July 27, 1994, in Toronto, Ontario and is of Jamaican descent. At the age of four she was diagnosed with the chronic skin condition vitiligo, characterized by depigmentation of portions of the skin. Harlow was a victim of bullying by other children and was reportedly called a “cow, zebra, and all manner of other disparaging slurs” throughout her childhood by students both black and white. The verbal harassment led to her changing schools numerous times and dropping out of high school.
Harlow was discovered by America’s Next Top Model host Tyra Banks on Instagram, and subsequently became one of the fourteen finalists of the twenty-first cycle in 2014. She was the first and only Canadian ever cast on ANTM. She was eliminated in the second week of the finals, and participated in a separate competition called the “comeback series”, where she continued to participate in the cycle’s photo shoots along with the other eliminated contestants in an effort to return to the competition. After completing the comeback series, she was revealed to have received the highest average public vote score, and returned. She was eliminated again in episode 13, placing sixth overall.
Following her elimination from America’s Next Top Model, Harlow modelled for various international companies including Diesel, Vogue and Cosmopolitan. In 2016 Harlow was featured in a commercial for Sprite, and was featured in a campaign for Swarovski. The same year, she was chosen as one of BBC’s 100 Women. In 2018, she modeled at the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show which according to her was her ultimate goal.
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