"I am Winnie. I am a model. And I happen to have Vitiligo."
Winnie Harlow is a beautiful 23-year-old model from Toronto who has simply had it with publications defining her based on her skin condition. After Evening Standard Magazine captioned a photo of the model calling her a “vitiligo sufferer” she decided to make a PSA for any other sites who want to write about her in the future.
Taking to Instagram, Winne captioned a photo of the magazine's insensitive words and let it be known that she by no means is "suffering."
"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," she said. "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.""
She concluded: "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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