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'I am not a Vitiligo model': Winnie Harlow

March 31, 2018 10:54 IST

The 23-yr-old model is not happy about the way she's presented in the media.

Winnie Harlow

Winnie was diagnosed with Vitiligo when she was four. The model has 3 million followers on Instagram.

All photographs: Kind courtesy Winnie Harlow/Instagram

Canadian model Winnie Harlow, who has Vitiligo, a skin condition, became an inspiration when she walked the ramp, embracing her condition.

But not all fame is praiseworthy.

The Evening Standard, for example, recently published a photograph of the model in a bikini and captioned it: 'Model Winnie Harlow is seen going for a paddle in the sea off the coast of Dubai in a series of snaps which the Canadian sufferer, 23, posted to her Instagram page.'

Check the story below shared by Winnie:

Winnie Harlow

Winnie was clearly offended by the description"sufferer".

In a long post on Instagram, Winnie Harlow wrote: "@eveningstandardmagazine @evening.standard and all other tabloids, magazines and people who write articles on me PSA: I’m not a “Vitiligo Sufferer”. I’m not a “Vitiligo model”.

"I am Winnie. I am a model. And I happen to have Vitiligo," she wrote on March 27.

"Stop putting these titles on me or anyone else. I AM NOT SUFFERING! If anything I’m SUCCEEDING at showing people that their differences don’t make them WHO they are!"

"All our differences are apart of who we are but they don’t define us! I’m sick of every headline ending in “Vitiligo Sufferer” or “Suffers from Vitiligo”."

"Do you see me suffering? The only thing I’m Suffering from are your headlines and the closed minds of humans who have one beauty standard locked into their minds when there are multiple standards of beauty!"

"The beach was damn fine that day, nothing to suffer about!" she summed up.

Makes a fine point there, doesn't she?

Rediff Get Ahead Bureau