I can’t exactly remember when I first stumbled on an article featuring Chantelle Winnie Brown-Young.
When America’s Next Top Model first came on, I wouldn’t dare miss an episode! However, I stopped watching long before they integrated guys with the girls. Maybe I stopped just because life happened; I can’t remember. So, I missed seeing Chantelle when she first appeared on the show during America’s Next Top Model Cycle 21. She is an extremely talented model who just happens to have vitiligo. I think everyone knows what vitiligo is due to the fact that Michael Jackson had this skin condition, but according to the Mayo Clinic, it is a skin disease that results in loss of skin color in blotches due to the death or malfunction of melanin cells.
Now 20, the skin condition was noticeable on Chantelle when she was only 4 years old. She struggled with being different when she was younger, but now she embraces her appearance. She’s an inspiration for anyone that is different, not just for those that have vitiligo (click here for her interview with the NY Post). She’s relatable to anyone that doesn’t fit the typical mold.
Here’s her audition tape for America’s Next Top Model Cycle 21 for those that may have missed it like me.
Even though I’m late to the party as usual, I’m so glad that I’ve discovered this beauty. Her outward appearance is beautiful, but more than that her honesty, confidence, and courage make her most beautiful. She’s proven to be more than a conqueror over people’s ignorance about vitiligo and is definitely positively optimistic and powerful!
See her in all her popped glory in the TedxTeen video below as she talks about beauty. Give it a watch! It’s only 6 and a half minutes.
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