Winnie Harlow Is Sick Of Being Called A Vitiligo ‘Sufferer’

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Winnie Harlow is a successful model with plenty of projects at her heel and yet, it seems, all other people see in her is a “sufferer” of a rare skin condition called Vitiligo, which causes skin to lose its pigmentation, resulting to discoloration and patches all over her body.

In a recent Instagram post, Harlow explained why people, the media in particular, should stop describing her as a Vitiligo sufferer.

“All other tabloids, magazines and people who write articles on me PSA: I’m not a ‘Vitiligo Sufferer,’” she wrote on the social media platform. “I’m not a “Vitiligo model”. I am Winnie. I am a model. And i happen to have Vitiligo. Stop putting these titles on me or anyone else. I AM NOT SUFFERING!”\

The Canadian model added that her condition has nothing to do with the success she’s currently enjoying in the modeling industry.

“If anything I’m SUCCEEDING at showing people that their differences don’t make them WHO they are!” she said. “All our differences are apart of who we are but they don’t define us! I’m sick of every headline ending in “Vitiligo Sufferer” or “Suffers from Vitiligo.”

She also called out the media’s closed-minded idea of beauty.

The model said, “The only thing I’m Suffering from are your headlines and the closed minds of humans who have one beauty standard locked into their minds when there are multiple standards of beauty! The beach was damn fine that day, nothing to suffer about!”

@eveningstandardmagazine @evening.standard and all other tabloids, magazines and people who write articles on me PSA: I’m not a “Vitiligo Sufferer”. I’m not a “Vitiligo model”. I am Winnie. I am a model. And i happen to have Vitiligo. Stop putting these titles on me or anyone else. I AM NOT SUFFERING! If anything I’m SUCCEEDING at showing people that their differences don’t make them WHO they are! All our differences are apart of who we are but they don’t define us! I’m sick of every headline ending in “Vitiligo Sufferer” or “Suffers from Vitiligo”. Do you see me suffering? The only thing I’m Suffering from are your headlines and the closed minds of humans who have one beauty standard locked into their minds when there are multiple standards of beauty! The beach was damn fine that day, nothing to suffer about! 🙄👉🏽

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All issues aside, Harlow has been a great role model for body positivity and acceptance. She is among the names who pop out of social media discussions on dismantling the Hollywood beauty standards today and has been an inspiration to many aspiring to break into the modeling industry.

Still, the media and ALL OF US, still have a lot of work to do when it comes to the language we use to describe eachother or how we depict women in the media.

Also, grow up people!

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