From the moment Tyra Banks handpicked Winnie Harlow from a sea of Instagram models to appear on her popular reality show America’s Next Top Model, it became clear that the 25-year-old beauty was destined for much more than a slice of viral superstardom. Proud to showcase her modeling ability while also refusing to bow to the trolls who mocked her vitiligo, Harlow soon broke free from the confines of reality television celebrity to become a force unto herself. Fueled by the momentum of her television appearances, Harlow soon proved her staying power as a multi-hyphenate creator with credits as a Ted Talk presenter, Victoria’s Secret model, sought-after model and also as an actress in Beyonce‘s iconic Lemonade visual album.
Unapologetically breaking barriers in her ascent to the coveted top-tier of the fashion industry, Harlow knows her worth, leaving outdated beauty standards in her wake.
“My definition of beauty shouldn’t have anything to do with your definition of beauty,” Harlow says of her commitment to shattering the industry’s one-size-fits-all ethos. “I think beauty is really within the eye of the beholder. Everyone should stop focusing on what everyone else thinks beautiful is. People put a lot of responsibility on fashion and beauty industries for what they put out into the world, which is true. They have a lot of responsibility in it. But I think we also have to start taking responsibility for what we put into our systems and what we allow these industries to feed to us. You have to focus on what you want to be given in life, and stop just taking whatever is given to you.”
Confident in her inarguable beauty, check out the most gorgeous Instagram pics of the model now at the top of her game.
Bey and Jay weren’t the only crossover superstars at the Golden Globes this year.
Harlow’s figure is always bikini-season-ready.
Harlow seems more than comfortable when surrounded by the finer things in life.
No shirt, no shoes no problem.
She can strike a pose on the runway and in the club.
As a voice for inclusivity in Kim Kardashian‘s KKW Beauty line, Harlow puts in work to make sure millions feel confident in their own skin.
“Gimme a leopard moment,” captions Harlow alongside a pic of herself flexing in a skin-tight animal print bodysuit.
This picture is the definition of a sun-kissed vibe.
Harlow came through drippin’ on her big day.
Harlow can change up her entire style and still look stunning.