By speaking up about vitiligo, a condition that affects the pigment of the skin, former America’s Next Top Model (ANTM) contestant Chantelle Brown-Young is confidently expressing her individuality. Use her experience to start talking to your child about celebrating different types of beauty and developing their own positive body image.
Chantelle Brown-Young: challenging the representation of women in the media
With the proliferation of manipulated images in the media today, it’s easy to see how girls can become obsessed with attaining “the perfect body”. Chantelle Brown-Young (also known as Winnie Harlow) understands the importance of being comfortable with how you look. She has vitiligo, a skin pigment condition that gives her white patches across her body, which she was teased about at school. After competing for a modeling contract with Next Model Management, the 22-year-old is speaking up about the need for women to accept their bodies no matter how they look.
Chantelle, ANTM, and the importance of positive body image
Since being scouted for season 21 of ANTM by the show’s host Tyra Banks after she stumbled upon her Instagram account, Chantelle has been using her success to promote the message that individual beauty is all about embracing your uniqueness.
Her story provides a great opportunity to encourage your daughter to love and value her whole self – especially the qualities that make her unique – and to strive to achieve her own ambitions and inner confidence.