This is Chantelle Brown-Young, aka Winnie Harlow, an up-and-coming model who's making waves in the fashion industry.
Harlow's skin condition — a source of insecurity that used to make her feel bad about herself — is now what sets her apart, in the very best way.
Now, as Harlow continues to make a name for herself on the fashion scene, many people are attempting to copy her skin condition as a way of paying tribute to the model.
Many people, some Caucasian, have taken to social media platforms such as Twitter and Tumblr, donning makeup to show their adoration for Harlow. But the practice has disturbed others who say that it is an act of blackface.
Yesterday, Harlow posted a lengthy response on her personal Instagram page, defending the actions of those who were mimicking her look.
But many people were upset by the model's words.
But there were many others who supported Harlow's response:
The model further defended those emulating her condition against claims of blackface by highlighting photos of black women who had recreated her look too.
There's one thing we can all agree on, though: Harlow is an absolutely stunning model.
Michael Blackmon is an entertainment reporter for BuzzFeed News and is based in New York.
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