Winnie Harlow has scored her first cover. The 22-year-old Toronto-born model will appear on Elle Canada’s February issue, set to hit newsstands on January 5th.
Inside the issue the model talks about confidence, her fashion career and the pressures of being a role model with editor-in-chief Vanessa Craft.
Harlow, who was discovered on Instagram by Tyra Banks, also opens up about her skin condition, vitiligo.
“As I grew up, people would still stare, but, I don’t know, me feeling uncomfortable just disappeared,” she says. “I’d be walking out with friends and they’d be like, ‘Don’t you feel everyone staring?’ and I’d be like, ‘No, I actually don’t. I just don’t care.'”
After appearing as a contestant on the 21st cycle of America’s Next Top Model, Harlow’s modelling career is still going, she’s become a favourite with emerging designers, appeared in numerous campaigns, popped up in a Beyoncé video and even appeared in a spread for Complex.
“My sense of fashion has developed a lot,” she tells Elle Canada. “[But] I still have my ‘hood style – I still like to wear my gold chains and my grills.”
When it comes to being seen as a “role model”, Harlow says, “I feel like I am an inspiration. That’s the word I prefer. I don’t believe that I have to be a role model, someone to be emulated. My mom inspires me, and I take great things from her, but there are things from my mom that I would never do. So I don’t have my mother as a role model, but I do have her as a huge inspiration.”