I've been doing my own makeup since I was 15. I would steal my mom's products, go online, watch YouTube videos of girls doing their makeup, and try.
I feel like people put too much on the title of a role model.
I've always been a lot about beauty and products, and skincare and make-up.
I liked to hang around my mom's beauty salon, watching her do hair.
Things were fine in elementary school, but when I moved schools in grade three, not only was I the new kid, I was the new kid with the skin condition.
We lived on our own for a very long time, and those are my happiest years, me and my mom.
A lot of people ask me how I keep my skin fairly smooth and avoid breakouts, and I think that's because I always take off my make-up before I go to bed, and I mean really take it off.
With my skin, I have to avoid direct contact with the sun, so that, combined with my mom being conservative, meant I grew up wearing stockings under shorts and long sleeves under tank tops. It was kind of embedded in me that I was supposed to be covering up.
For me, honestly, the term 'role model' means for someone to be imitated, and I don't feel like anyone is to be imitated.
Chantelle Winnie is my birth name. Chantelle Winnie Harlow, I call her my Sasha Fierce.
Chantelle Brown-Young is my real name. Winnie is my nickname that I was given as a teenager, and it has stuck with me. I've combined my real name and my nick name to create 'Chantelle Winnie.' My alter ego, where I seek confidence when I model, is 'Winnie Harlow.'
I am the underdog, and I want to prove that one can follow one's dreams despite all the flaws and setbacks.
I feel like I pull inspiration from everyone, and I feel like I'm honored and grateful that people feel that they can pull inspiration from me, be inspired by me. But I definitely don't think I'm a role model. I'm not someone to be imitated.
I'm happy to inspire your seven-year-old child, but I do not want to be her role model.
I give kudos to people like Zendaya who are like, 'Yes, I want to inspire young kids.' And I'm like, 'Girl, that's a lot of work!'
I was never raised as the daughter with vitiligo or the granddaughter with vitiligo or the cousin with vitiligo. I was just Chantelle.
I feel like I am an inspiration. That's the word I prefer. I don't believe that I have to be a role model, someone to be emulated.
I think you have to feel your best by yourself. I do think it's important to have a solid friend that you can turn to, though - one that you can vent to.
I try to keep my skincare routine very simple and don't put too much on my face.
I am happy with my skin, and I'm proud of my skin, which is why I wear it so boldly. But if a job wanted me to, say, try a smoky eye and cover the vitiligo around my eye, I wouldn't have a problem with that.
I was a lucky kid, and I grew up connected to a lot of people.
If you're not drinking enough water, or you're not eating enough vegetables, or you're not working out enough, or you're not getting your toxins out, I feel like it always reflects.
If God wanted be to be black, I'd be black; if he wanted me to be white, I'd be white, so I guess He chose for me to be both and original. That's the way I'm supposed to be.
My parents separated before I was born, but they remained friends, so I was close to both sides of my family, with siblings and cousins and godparents. I've had the same best friend since grade six.
The worst thing I've done while sad is sit in defeat. That's very unhealthy. The best thing to do is dust yourself off and try again.
You think of floating on a rock in space as so alien, but that's exactly what we're doing.
Winnie Harlow is my alter ego like how Beyonce refers to her stage name as Sasha Fierce.
To be completely honest, I never thought I could become a model growing up. I actually wanted to be an entertainment journalist.
People have black skin, people have brown skin. I have both.
I don't think it's good to focus on being celebrated but to celebrate yourself.
I wasn't part of the BeyHive before I met her, but after my experience working with her, meeting her, I'm a die-hard fan.
I don't really talk about 'ANTM,' although I'm very grateful for it, as it was the platform that allowed me to catapult to where I should have been.
I remember sitting by my window, wishing upon the stars that my skin condition would go away. I wondered, 'Why me?'
I don't perm my hair anymore, but I'm not a natural hair expert just because it grows out of my head like that.
I love myself the way I am, but people will always message me about other people with vitiligo who cover their skin. 'Winnie Harlow, you need to tell them that they need to love themselves the way they are and stop covering their skin!' No! If that's what makes them comfortable and what makes them happy, let them be.
You should be careful what you choose to see as a role model, whereas inspiration can come from anywhere.
I had to relearn how to love myself by forgetting the opinions of everyone else and focusing on my opinion of myself.
There wasn't anyone who was specifically taking me under their wing. I definitely looked up to people, though, one major person being Naomi Campbell, of course. That's, like, a given.
When I was young, I was picked on for something that today I feel is amazing. One thing about me connects millions of people around the world. And it's my skin condition - vitiligo.
I have my flaws, but I embrace them and I love them because they're mine.
My confidence was more of a fake-it-until-you-make-it kind of thing. I tried to build my own confidence and not rely on the opinions of others.
You can't let someone else lower your self-esteem, because that's what it is - self-esteem. You need to first love yourself before you have anybody else love you.
I'm just living life. And if that inspires you, I'm proud, but I'm not going to put pressure on myself to be the best person in the world and tell everyone I have vitiligo. If you want to know about it, you can do your research. Either way, I'm not in the dictionary under 'vitiligo.'
I think we need to take a step back and realize what the real issues are - it's not being from different places or being different.
The only person that can make you feel that you aren't beautiful is you.