Beauty & Body Image

Model with Vitiligo Chantelle Winnie: “I think I’m beautiful”

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Chantelle Winnie is best known for appearing on the last season of America’s Nex Top Model, where she had placed sixth. The beauty, who has a prominent and unusually symmetric form of the chronic skin condition Vitiligo gained more popularity after appearing on the reality show – she became a Vitiligo spokes-model, started her career as a runway model and was hired to represent the image of various brands. Recently, 21 year-old Chantelle spoke at the 2015 Women in the World event about beauty and body confidence:

On her unique look:

Everyone asks me what the turning point was but it was just me making the effort to focus on my opinion on myself. I was like, wait I don’t actually think I’m ugly – I think I’m beautiful. So where did I get this idea I wasn’t? From someone else. Now I’ve learnt to just listen to yourself.

On how she became a model:

I never wanted to be a model. It was a hobby. I posted to social media and was discovered.

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HB
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HB

She is very striking and beautiful.
But does anyone else remember her as kind of an overly defensive brat on the show??

Kate
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Kate

i was just about to say this! she’s pretty but she was so unbearable on the show

HB
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HB

It was so disappointing! Just because of her vitiligo, I was rooting for her from the beginning. And then she acted out and I was so over her.

Lillaliket
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Lillaliket

Yessss my thoughts exactly! She also lied about having slept with Keith, I thought that was a really s—ty (and stupid!) thing to do. She’s physically beautiful but she doesn’t seem like a particularly nice person.

HB
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HB

Oh gosh, I forgot about the Keith thing! That’s so embarrassing.

Kate
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Kate

she did? i think i completely miss that part

Snugglepup
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Snugglepup

Oh yeah, she was BAD! I’ll take it with a grain of salt since there’s always room for all the editing… But she was not pleasant. When a person is an a*s their good looks fade away instantly, or that’s how I see it.

HB
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HB

I’m the same way- personality makes or breaks looks for me. But true, it could’ve been editing. ANTM loves to polarize audiences.

liv
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liv

That really sucks! Maybe it was editing because she is pretty… and it would suck if her personality wasn’t…

HB
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HB

I hope it was th editing. It was probably partial on editing and on her.

liv
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liv

Agreed. I don’t watch the show anymore, haven’t in a long time… but that is seriously disappointing. .

CK
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CK

I get what she says, family influence&pressure along with society’s is so strong it messes with our heads&we can’t learn what we think of ourselves,what we want in life, the outside voices are so strong&invasive, it’s hard to discern your own. BUT that only means your own voice should be stronger in you but not that your voice is THE only one you listen to.I always say your own opinion of yourself defines you&the opinions of others of you complete you. So i hope she means exactly that&not that she’s now the kind who thinks she’s incredible&those who think different… Read more »

CK
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CK

And just out of curiosity anyone knows what’s the runway show (or an event?) of the 4th pic? I really love the pieces.

Snugglepup
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Snugglepup

Might be Desigual

liss
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liss

She´s pretty but her skin condition takes over my attention for what she´s wearing. BUT with that said I´m so happy that she gets jobs and gets to walk the runway!

a
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a

I do think she’s beautiful for sure. She’s lucky her spots are symetrical though or else, it might have looked kkind of odd.

Hannah
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Hannah

I was going to say, in her case it looks symmetrical so it looks better (for lack of a better word) than usual. So I don’t think this is truly changing anything, there are still beauty standards even for people with the condition – she also has good bone structure and is thin. Same for more acceptance for plus size people – are they really more accepted? Plus size models are still unrealistic compared to average plus sized people, they use models with pretty faces and less or no cellulite, not exactly realistic. They’re just trying to keep women happy… Read more »

thristykent
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thristykent

while she can never be as beautiful without the deformity, she has good bone structures.

Hannah
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Hannah

Deformity…? The f*ck?

Amanda
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Amanda

Stunning! As for the show. I don’t believe anything when it comes to reality TV since it’s a form of entertainment. So many reality TV stars have later said “it was all an act.” People you think are nice and sweet might be awful, but the people that are portrayed to be nasty might actually be great people. You just never know.

Maelstrom
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Maelstrom

I think she looks so cool.