How model Winnie Harlow made history with three magazine covers

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Winnie Harlow cemented her place as a fashion icon and landed Harper’s Bazaar with three eclectic covers that highlight her unique vitiligo-covered facial features.

Daily Mail reports Harlow will appear on the Singapore edition of Harper’s Bazaar titled: “The faces of beauty—celebrating women across different ages and cultures.”

The America’s Next Top Model took to Instagram to squeal in excitement about the covers saying:

“Omg Wow!!! “THE FACES OF BEAUTY,”‘ Winnie wrote. “Thank you @harpersbazaarsg so honored to grace this cover I’m actually crying! And laughing.. and crying! So many emotions!!”

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Those raw emotions have much to do with Harlow’s struggle to remain true to herself while trying to make waves in an industry that values European beauty standards.

“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 said.

“You don’t understand what this cover means to me!” Winnie Harlow said.

Winnie Harlow on Harper's Bazaar Singapore

Harper’s Bazaar Singapore

The 23-year-old model has refused to cover her skin, and she values her natural hair, as seen on the three covers.

“Our fashion and entertainment industries need to up their knowledge on the preservation and diversity of hair and not just the styling of it,” she added. “A woman’s hair should be treated as her crown and should not have to be sacrificed for a career.”

In the magazine, Winnie Harlow talks her career, fashion style and her Black girl hair issues.

Harlow said she’s dealt with lots of heat damage issues and had to make the big chop several times over the past few years.

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“We need more people who understand different textures of hair!” she wrote.

“Our industry is so into the diversity of models right now, but our industry is made of so many other jobs including photographers, stylist, hair, make-up, casting directors etc!”

“We need FULL DIVERSITY! Thank you Harper’s Bazaar Singapore for making this step for diversity.”