Perfect Imperfection: America’s Next Top Model Adds Stunning 19-Year-Old Contestant With Vitiligo
Bullies called her ‘cow’ and ‘zebra,’ but now her unique skin may make her a fashion superstar.
19-Year-Old Chantelle Brown-Young Lands Spot On New Season Of ANTM
In spite (or because) of her skin condition, a formerly bullied Toronto native living with vitiligo landed a spot on Tyra Banks‘ famed modeling competition. Chantelle Brown-Young wowed the judges with her story and her look via video submission to the modeling competition, and was selected to compete in the show’s 21st cycle alongside other aspiring female and male models. Daily Mail reports:
Chantelle Brown-Young from Toronto was diagnosed with vitiligo – the same condition Michael Jackson had – around the age of four and said growing up she was cruelly nicknamed ‘zebra’ and ‘cow’ because of the white patches covering her face and body.
But thanks to her natural beauty she is now fulfillng her dreams of being a model. Her social network accounts reveal that she has already graced the catwalk dozens of times, starred in a music video and last month, she was photographed by Nick Knight, who has lensed everyone from Kate Moss to Karlie Kloss.
She describes herself as a ‘vitiligo spokesmodel’ on Instagram where she has more than 100,000 followers and she was recently invited back to her high school to do a motivational talk with students touching on the discrimination she faced.
From what we can see on Instagram, she takes some pretty amazing pics! Case in point:
What do you think, Bossip fam? Does she have a shot at the title? Peep more shots of Chantelle working it for the lens after the flip.
Photos: ANTM.com, Instagram/@winnieharlow