Model Winnie Harlow, born with vitiligo, is making serious moves in the fashion industry, all while remaining confident of her unique look. Back during WE Day New York, she recently opened up to Coveteur about confidence, acceptance, and her charity work!
Check out some of the highlights of the interview below!
On having confidence:
“I think it is human nature to have confidence—the same way I don’t think people are born with racism or anything negative. All those things are developed. I think we’ll always have our insecurities, but it’s important to focus on yourself,” Winnie said.
On how kids are far ahead of adults when it comes to acceptance:
“Kids are the most sensible—they grab onto things easier than [adults] do. We, as adults, have been taught these notions for so long and are set in our ways. I was at my friend’s house about seven years ago, and she had a little cousin who came over to visit. She came up to me and said, ‘Why is your skin like that?’ I said, ‘I have a skin condition called vitiligo.’ Mind you, she was six years old. She was like, ‘You are so pretty and so different.’ That is what she was taught—you only learn that something is ‘not normal’ or ‘ugly’ or whatever from the outside world. It is really what you learn, absorb, and what you teach.”
On working with social conscious jewelry charity ME to WE in Kenya:
“I was in Kenya last August [with ME to WE]. It was amazing. I got the chance to talk to one of the mamas in the community and learn of her experience. Seeing her interact with the kids and interact with the people, and the respect that she had for them and they had for her, it was really beautiful.”
She added: “I didn’t want to leave Kenya—until I got the call to do the red carpet with Beyoncé for the VMAs. I definitely want to go back, though. I am so happy that I had the opportunity to go [to Kenya] because going in with an open mind allowed me to absorb so much more of the culture, the food, the people, the atmosphere, and everything that they were doing.”
I absolutely love how Winnie is so confident in herself, and think she’s absolutely gorgeous just the way she is. Her body is literally like a work of art! It’s great that she’s been able to use her own life experiences to be able to positively impact others.