WINNE WARLOW FOR ELLE UK
‘What makes you different makes you beautiful.’ The old maxim rings true with model Winnie Harlow. The Toronto native is one of the most recognisable faces on the catwalk, with 3 million Instagram followers. But what matters most to ELLE is that she’s boldly changing the conversation around beauty, helping to broaden the industry’s once narrow standards — see her TED talk (with more than a million views) on her skin condition vitiligo for proof.
Winnie wears Gucci with make-up by Andrew Gallimore, hair by Lok Lau and styling by Anne-Marie Curtis
‘There is a big shift happening in the fashion industry in terms of beauty standards, and I feel I’m part of that shift,’ she says. ‘I remember on America’s Next Top Model, Tyra Banks asked me if a photographer told me to cover my skin for a shoot, would I do it? I said no. I don’t care who it is, or who thinks I should. I’m going to stay true to myself.’
Of course, no woman is an island, and a glance at Winnie’s Instagram reveals a network of friends that could be mistaken for the Business of Fashion 500 list. Here, she thanks the people who have helped her become the force she is…