American, Next Top Model series has always been the town’s talk, either for its outrageous challenges or for its judges. And primarily, Tyra Banks has been known for her peculiar selection of contestants in the show. Well, in 2011, Winnie Harlow made a buzz in the show with her looks.
Winnie Harlow is a Canadian model who rose to stardom after participating in cycle 21 of America’s Next Top Model. Furthermore, Winnie got more recognition as a fashion model and public spokesperson on the skin condition Vitiligo, which she too suffers from.
Know more about Winnie Harlow as we talk about her career, skin condition, and much more right here.
But before, here are some interesting facts about her.
Winnie Harlow: Quick Facts
|Full Name:||Chantelle Whitney Brown-Young|
|Birth Date:||July 27, 1994|
|Birth Place:||Toronto, Ontario, Canada|
|Father’s Name:||Windsor Young|
|Mother’s Name:||Lisa Brown|
|Height:||5 feet 9 inches (175cm)|
|Weight:||55 Kgs (121 lbs)|
|Hair Color:||Black Hair|
|Eye Color:||Dark Brown hair|
|Profession:||Model, Spokesperson, Activist|
|Marital Status:||In relationship|
|Net Worth:||$3 million|
|Social Media Presence:||Instagram, Twitter, Facebook|
Early Life and Education
Born on July 27, 1994, in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, Winnie’s real name is Chantelle Brown-Young. Daughter of Lisa Brown and Windsor Young, Winnie is of Jamaican descent. Similarly, the young model holds Canadian nationality.
Besides her parents, Winnie lived with her two sisters, whose names are not mentioned. Talking about her education, Winnie did not go through healthy High School life. When she was just four, Winnie was diagnosed with a skin condition called Vitiligo, where the skin loses its pigmentation.
Likewise, Harlow was continuously teased and bullied in school so much that Winnie had to change schools many times until the young could not take it anymore.
In fact, ‘Cow‘ and ‘Zebra’ became a staple name for her in High School, and because of the constant name-calling and bullying, Winnie dropped out of school.
The young model was so depressed and even considered committing suicide. But she did not give up and kept living. Amidst all the name-calling, the young model came up with her nickname, “Harlow,” as a tribute to her childhood idol, Jeanne Harlow, Marilyn Monroe‘s icon. It was her way of battling bullying and depression. And boy, did it work out!
Age and Measurements- How Old is Winnie Harlow?
Talking about her age, the young model just celebrated the 25th birthday this year. The Canadian model has a tall stature of 5 feet 9 inches (175cm) and weighs 55 kgs (121 lbs). Similarly, she has a slim build with 34-25-36 body measurements.
As for her facial features, Winnie has a dark brown eye color and long black hair. Also, instead of dwelling on her skin condition and hiding, the 25-year-old model confidently uses it as her accessories.
Nonetheless, her striking skin depigmentation makes her stand out in the crowd, even from afar.
Career: America’s Next Top Model
Initially, Winnie started her career as an Instagram model. It was a daring move, considering how she was bullied for the same reason that Winnie later started showing.
Her rare skin condition made her photos spread out widely on the web. And everything changed once Tyra Banks, host and creator of the 21st cycle of ‘America’s Next Top Model.’
Luckily, Tyra invited Winnie on the show, and she even made it to the top 14 of the show before finally being eliminated. Despite that, Winnie took part in the “Comeback Series” and became one of the highest voted contestants of the show. But sadly, she only made it through the top 13 at that time.
Although she did not win the show, Winnie received enough exposure to continue her modeling career. Soon after the show ended, Winnie signed with a Spanish clothing brand Desigual as a brand ambassador.
In fact, she even walked at the 2015 London Fashion Week and closed the UK based clothing brand Ashish for their spring/summer collection.
Following her success, Winnie graced the cover of Ebony magazine’s September 2015 issue along with former America’s Next Top Model contestant Fatima Siad. Moreover, Harlow got to work with renowned British fashion photographer Nick Knight. Moving on, she was featured on the August/September 2015 issue of ‘Complex’ magazine,’ Cosmopolitan” and Spanish and Italian edition of ‘Glamour‘ magazine.
Besides modeling, Harlow also made an appearance in multiple videos, including JMSN’s ‘The One'(2014), Eminem’s ‘Guts Over Fear'(2014), and The Black Eyed Peas’ ‘#WHERSTHELOVE'(2016). Similarly, she even made a cameo appearance in Beyonce’s ‘Visual album’ Lemonade.
Winnie Harlow: Achievements
Being one of the prominent figures in the fashion industry, Harlow began speaking about her skin condition. In July 2011, Harlow uploaded a video titled ‘Vitiligo: A Skin Condition, not a Life Changer.‘ Similarly, in November 2014, she gave a speech at a TED event about her experience with Vitiligo.
Harlow became the role model of many people going through the same thing. As a result, in 2015, the Portuguese GQ Men of the Year event awarded her with the ‘Role Model‘ award. That same year, the Gala Spa Awards awarded the Beauty Idol to Harlow.
Also, the model was nominated for the Teen Choice Award for Choice Model in 2016 and 2017. Nonetheless, Harlow won the Glamour’s Editor’s Award in 2017.
However, in one of the TV show, Winnie stated that being in America’s Next Top Model did not help her career at all. In fact, it was Harlow herself who struggled and made a name for herself. And of course, not many fans were happy about it, considering how most of them even knew about her by showing that she was thrashing.
Similarly, a few weeks after Tyra Banks appeared in the same show, and was shocked when she heard the comments as many fans were. To this, she simply commented on how she found Winnie when she was just a girl from Instagram.
Winnie Harlow: Personal Life and Boyfriend
The model rare condition has little effect on her dating life as Harlow has dated many stars including Lewis Hamilton and Wiz Khalifa. The model dated Lewis Hamilton, an English Formula 1 driver from July 2016 to September 2016.
After remaining single for two years, Harlow again sparked the web because of her love affair with Wiz Khalifa, an American singer-songwriter. In fact, Wiz Khalifa made it public on his Instagram. Also, the couple made the first appearance as a couple at Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show 2018 in November 2018.
Winnie Harlow: Net Worth and Income
As of 2020, the net worth of Winnie Harlow is $3 million. It’s no surprise since she gets a hefty sum from various endorsements, sponsorships, and campaigns. But as we can see, the Canadian model gets half of her income solely from her modeling career.
However, the full amount and her income are still unknown at the moment. But we will make sure to update you about it in the future.
Social Media Presence
Instagram– 7.7million Followers
Twitter– 89.6K Followers
Facebook– 326k Followers