Model Winnie Harlow’s ‘Complex’ Feature Is The Kind Of Confidence We Love
There is a difference between being cocky and confident, and for 21-year-old model Winne Harlow, she deserves a warm round of applause for exhibiting the latter.
Many recognize Harlow as the beautifully striking model from America’s Next Top Model who has vitiligo, a rare skin disease that causes white patches to form on the skin. Although only placing sixth on the show, she’s gone on to do extraordinary things in the modeling world. From gracing ad campaigns for Diesel and Desigual to rocking the runway in Madrid, she’s got the game on lock. However, Winnie’s confidence has been something that she’s struggled with since being diagnosed with the rare skin condition at only 4 years old. She’s also been open about her noticeable physical differences that have led to traumatic experiences like being called names like “cow” and “zebra” at school.
But these days, the Toronto native is comfortable in her own skin, so much so that she stripped down to sexy lingerie in her feature in Complex Magazine’s August/September issue. In the feature, a lace and leather-clad Harlow fiercely poses in a number of barely-there ensembles flaunting her modelesque figure and skin that once taunted her.
When asked about embracing her skin, she says:
“It wasn’t so much a conscious effort of me trying to see it as something beautiful, but more so accepting myself for the way that I am. Not to say that it’s a positive or a negative, but just to say it’s me, and I love me, so everyone else is going to have to deal with it. [Laughs.]
Even to this day, people will ask me, “Don’t you feel that? Don’t you feel everyone staring at you?” and I really don’t. I almost never realize it unless someone’s being super obnoxious and directly staring at me long enough for me to catch their eye. That’s me being comfortable and happy with me. I know what I look like, so I know what people are looking at, but it just doesn’t faze me. Or it doesn’t faze me as much as it did when I was 15. It’s weird to me for people to stare at me, because I feel like I’m normal. I don’t see what there is to stare about.”
She also shares her thoughts on modeling agencies for “non-traditional” model, her friendship with fellow Toronto native Drake and more.
Read the full feature here.