July 27, 1994 (29)
Winnie Harlow is a Canadian fashion model and public spokesperson who has significantly influenced the fashion industry with her unique appearance and strong advocacy for body positivity. Her audacious and resilient spirit has propelled her to a position of global recognition, transforming societal perceptions of beauty along the way.
Harlow initially gained the world’s attention when she participated in America’s Next Top Model in 2014. Despite not winning the competition, her unique appearance, marked by her vitiligo, a skin condition leading to depigmentation in patches, made her a memorable contender. Harlow successfully used the platform to launch her modeling career and has since strutted on some of the world’s most coveted runways. From high-fashion houses like Marc Jacobs and Tommy Hilfiger to industry staples like Victoria’s Secret, Harlow has proven her versatility and talent as a top-tier model. Additionally, Harlow had a guest-starring role in the television show Sunny D and also appeared in Beyoncé’s visual album, Lemonade, further establishing her presence in the entertainment industry.
Over the years, Harlow has worked with many other influential figures, both within and outside the fashion industry. She has shared the runway with other leading models such as Gigi Hadid, Kendall Jenner, and Bella Hadid. Renowned photographers, including Nick Knight and Rankin, have captured her striking beauty, and designers like Marc Jacobs, Donatella Versace, and Anna Sui have chosen her to represent their collections. Harlow has also collaborated with music industry giants like Beyoncé and Drake, appearing in their music videos and bolstering her international recognition.
Harlow’s unique look and her strong message of inclusivity and body positivity have earned her several distinctions. In 2016, she was awarded the ‘Role Model’ award at the Portuguese GQ Men of the Year event, reflecting her impact as a positive influencer. Additionally, Harlow made history in 2018 as the first model with vitiligo to walk in the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show, a significant milestone in her career and for diversity in the fashion industry.