“One of the most recognized faces on the international fashion scene and a vocal advocate of body confidence” – Vogue“
Groundbreaking models only come along once every so often. Winnie Harlow challenges fashion’s archaic beauty standards, enlivening any image she’s a part of. Harlow’s inspiring story may have propelled her into the spotlight, but it’s impressive work for [prestigious] clients, that have made her standout” – Models.com
The fashion industry has a new leading lady, who is serving up stunning images and redefining the global definition of beauty. Winnie Harlow, who was diagnosed with vitiligo at age 4, spent her youth bullied and tormented for her differences. Through all of the vocal and often volatile doubters, she believed her 5’9 frame, modelesque features and internal beauty could see her through to her dreams of becoming a model and spokeswomen for others with low self-esteem.
At age 16, a local Toronto journalist, Shannon Boodram, discovered Chantelle and shared her story in a YouTube video. The video received over 700k views, and soon went viral. Winnie’s maturity, beauty and message resonated with fans around the world. She soon she found herself encouraging people all over the world through her growing social media platforms. With her emerging success online, the fashion industry slowly began to pay attention.
Despite being rejected by every single modeling agency in her hometown of Toronto, designers, photographers and runway directors began to see the uniqueness of the Canadian-Jamaican beauty. Unrepresented, she was invited to walk in local fashion shows all over Toronto. Catching the attention of Tyra Banks, Winnie competed in the 21st cycle of America’s Next Top Model and later got her big break in the fashion industry from the esteemed British Photographer Nick Knight. Making her first trip to London, Winnie shot with Knight who she considers her “Fashion Godfather” and so started her ascent on the industry with Knight booking her in her first international fashion campaign soon after. With a career typified by many firsts, Winnie has championed in the arrival of alternative forms of beauty for a more diverse fashion landscape.