Chantelle Brown-Young, America's Next Top Model Contestant with Rare Skin Condition, Lands Two Colorful Campaign Ads
The former America's Next Top Model contestant is the new face of a major clothing brand
Her role on America’s Next Top Model may have ended early, but Chantelle Brown-Young (who goes by Winnie Harlow now) is making a career for herself without coaching from smize-master Tyra Banks. In fact, the model has landed not one, but two new gigs for spring: the model is Desigual’s newest brand ambassador and also will appear in Diesel’s new spring campaign.
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The 20-year-old Canadian model, who was diagnosed with vitiligo (a rare skin condition that causes white patches to appear on the skin when she was 4 years old), began her modeling career as a contestant on the reality TV show America’s Next Top Model (after being discovered by Tyra Banks on Instagram) and has since appeared in a few campaign ads for the Spanish clothing brand, Desigual. Now the model has gotten a promotion to “brand ambassador” for its spring/summer campaign, “Say Something Nice.”
“She’s a model who breaks the established conventions and canons,” the brand said in a statement. “With her confident, optimistic attitude she proves that being different is not only beautiful, it gives you personality, makes you more special and therefore even more attractive.”
Harlow also appears in Diesel’s brightly-hued Spring/Summer 2015 ads, alongside models Charlotte Free and Gryphon O’Shea, for the brand’s “#DieselHigh” campaign.
In under a year, Harlow has parlayed her ANTM success into a major modeling career — and she never let her skin condition slow her down. “Growing up, it was a ‘fake it ’til you make it’ type of thing,” she told PEOPLE. “I just decided, ‘You know what? I’m going to keep telling myself I’m beautiful until I feel beautiful.’ And it happened.”
What do you think of the model’s colorful new ads? Do you have a favorite?