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Chantelle Winnie: Confidence is crucial

Chantelle Winnie: Confidence is crucial

Chantelle Winnie believes confidence is what makes today’s models stand out.

The 20-year-old has made history by becoming the first model with vitiligo, a skin disease that causes patches of pigmentation.

She joins other huge stars of the moment, such as Cara Delevingne, Gigi Hadid and Kendall Jenner. And while they all have very distinct looks, there’s one thing Chantelle believes binds them.

“Confidence. It’s not about fitting some beauty ideal, it’s about the confidence they all share,” she told the German edition of Glamour magazine when asked what makes today’s models.

“Just look at Cara Delevingne. Everyone says her face and bushy eyebrows made her famous but really, it’s her confidence and the way she carries herself on the runway and off it, too.”

Confidence is something Chantelle had to learn, but she insists it’s possible to acquire self-esteem. She was bullied at school due to her skin, with best friends turning on her and kids calling her names like “cow”. But soon Chantelle realised she was imposing other people’s opinions on herself and managed to shake off the negativity.

“You have to get into the habit of putting your opinion above that of others,” she advised.

“It’s easier said than done, I know! It took me years. It’s a conscious decision, it takes effort. Slowly, you have to make friends with yourself. And you should only ever surround yourself with people who take you as you are. Most of us have so much negativity in our lives. We have to remove ourselves from that.

And Chantelle speaks with authority, having turned her fate around. Among her successes, the fashion star counts campaigns with Diesel and Desigual.

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