Winnie Harlow is a model, activist, and even the inspiration for a line of dolls. The former America's Next Top Model contestant is known for many things, but there's something she doesn't want you to call her: a "Vitiligo sufferer." Though the Burt's Bees partner has the skin condition, she's speaking out against the way the media sometimes spotlights it.
In a recent Instagram post, Winnie shared a photo of a copy of the UK's Evening Standard, which referred to her as a "Canadian vitiligo sufferer." Winnie's impassioned caption read:
We're giving a resounding hell yes to that statement, and we're not the only ones. Winnie's post was flooded with inspiring comments. One person wrote, "More like shining* . . . not suffering."
Another said, "Language and the words we choose are so important and impact people in serious ways regardless of the intent! Glad you're [speaking] to this and highlighting how we all need to be a bit more present and cognizant to our word choice when describing others!!!"
And from her many accomplishments, it's clear that Winnie is thriving!