Heads in the fashion world are being turned at the moment and there is only one person responsible for it. Winnie Harlow!
She is 19 years old and she has the skin pigment condition vitiligo. It’s a whole new ball game entirely as she has gone from America’s Next Top Model wannabe to one of 2015’s hottest faces.
This weekend, she picked up the Beauty Idol gong at German magazine Gala’s Spa Awards 2015 in Baden-Baden, looking gorgeous in a sequin and lace red dress.
Asked what the award meant to her, she said: ‘It’s an amazing honour. The fact that people recognize what I’m fighting makes my success even more valuable.’
Rather than being judged for her distinctive looks, Winnie’s now being celebrated for them.
The award follows her starring roles in two big spring/summer 2015 ad campaigns – for Diesel and Spanish label Desigual.
And it comes just a month after she took the fashion world by storm when she walked for Desigual at New York Fashion Week.
She told AFP in New York: ‘Even the top models right now have a lot of personality and I feel like that’s what people are looking for, you know, something they can relate to, a real person.
‘So I feel like the industry is very much opening up, widening their eyes,’ she said.