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Winnie Harlow: 'Diversity should come as standard'

FashionBy Sunday World
Winnie Harlow: 'Diversity should come as standard'

Model Winnie Harlow hopes the fashion industry will soon accept all forms of beauty "as standard".

The America's Next Top Model star was born with skin condition vitiligo, which means portions of her skin have lost their pigment, leaving her with white patches. She's seen as a spokesperson for others with the condition, and Winnie hopes the world of fashion will soon become more accommodating to everyone.

"I think the industry is opening up but still needs to accept various forms of beauty as a standard, as opposed to an occurrence now and then," she said to CNN. "I want to see different faces on the covers of magazines, the stars of movies, featured on billboards... It's time we open the market up and embrace people from all walks of life."

Despite working in an industry so concerned with looks, Winnie feels "liberated" and at ease with herself. She's also happy with the impact she's made on social media, where she can connect with all her fans.

"I think it helps," she smiled. Social media when used positively and correctly can act as a great tool for you to meet people from around the world and ultimately share what you have to offer."

Winnie, 21, may not have won America's Next Top Model, but since appearing on the series in 2014 she has landed gigs for labels including Desigual and Ashish. She was also shot by Nick Knight for Diesel in 2014, which marked a big moment for the star.

"Nick Knight was my first big gig as a 'real' model," she recalled. "Prior to and during ANTM I never actually called myself a model because I always viewed it as a hobby. Then I received an email directly from Nick and we made arrangements to work together in London. That shoot gave me the confidence to continue modelling as a career."

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