The fashion industry is known for keeping a pretty uniform “look” when it comes to the models who are booked for shows and campaigns.
Seeing non-white, plus-sized, or disabled models is, in the grand scheme of the fashion world, a rarity, which is why we’re huge fans of Diesel’s S/S ’15 campaign which features Chantelle Winnie, a model with vitiligo.
The 19-year-old model–whose real name is Chantelle Brown-Young–is a former contestant on America’s Next Top Model and has suffered from the skin-altering disease since the age of 4.
After years of bullying in high school and middle school, Brown-Young is now the poster-child for people suffering with vitiligo. She is proof that you can love yourself, be confident, and still achieve your dreams regardless of having a skin disease like Chantelle’s.
Not only is she starring in Diesel’s energetic campaign, which aims to “be provocative and optimistic, inspiring people to live life in the moment and to enjoy the ride” as reported by The Daily Mail, but she also recently starred as the face of Desigual’s Spring/Summer 2015 campaign.
The campaign was conceptualized by creative director Nicola Formichetti and styled by Anna Trevelyan.