Model suffering from vitiligo scores Desigual campaign


Chantelle Brown-Young, a former America's Next Top Model contestant who suffers from vitiligo, a condition that causes depigmentation of the skin, may have been eliminated from the reality show just recently, but the Canadian model has already landed her first fashion campaign.



The twenty year-old beauty, who competed in cycle twenty-one of the popular modeling-themed television series, was immediately offered modeling gigs upon her elimination from the show, including the chance to grace the Barcelona-based fashion brand Desigual's Autumn/Winter 2014 campaign thanks to her exceptional look.


“Desigual stands for being unusual and unique and atypical, so they figured I'd be the perfect person for that,” Brown-Young told the New York Post. "They had a new line that had a lot of dots. And some of my skin patterns are dots. In the campaign video, there’s a part where the dot on a scarf lines up perfectly with a dot I have on my waist, and I thought that was the coolest thing ever.”



The statuesque charmer, who was discovered by America's Next Top Model host Tyra Banks via Instagram, opened up about growing up with the skin condition which began to manifest at the tender age of four. “Once people started making comments, I started to realize there’s something about me that’s not like everyone else. I was teased and called names."

Nonetheless, Brown-Young brushed off criticism and eventually found her confidence. "I just decided I’m going to tell myself that I am beautiful and this is how I may be for the rest of my life. I need to accept it, embrace it and enjoy it."



“Everyone can relate to being different," the Toronto-born mannequin continued. "It’s not just me trying to be a role model. It’s my genuine opinion that it’s those quirks that make you gorgeous. Let whatever quirks you have shine."



Brown-Young also made her London Fashion Week debut by strutting the catwalk for Ashish, closing the Spring/Summer 2015 spectacle held on Tuesday (September 16th).



By Theo