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Winnie Harlow Is Named Beauty Idol At Gala Spa Awards

24/03/2015 12:55 | Updated 24 May 2015

If you haven't already heard of Winnie Harlow, you soon will.

Mandatory Credit: Photo by Picture Perfect/REX (4582196i)Chantelle Brown-YoungGala Spa Awards, Baden-Baden, Germany - 21 Mar 2015

The 20-year-old Canadian model, who has changed her name from Chantelle Brown-Young, has been named Beauty Idol of 2015 at German magazine Gala's Spa Awards.

It's not unusual for models to receive this accolade, (previous winners include Karolina Kurkova, Alek Wek and Heidi Klum) but this year's recipient couldn't be more deserving of the title.

Mandatory Credit: Photo by Picture Perfect/REX (4582196c)Chantelle Brown-YoungGala Spa Awards, Baden-Baden, Germany - 21 Mar 2015

Why? Harlow, a former America's Next Top Model contestant, has got vitiligo - a skin condition that leaves white patches over the body caused by loss of pigment. It doesn't hurt and it's not life-threatening - but it looks different. Although her modelling career is only just beginning, Winnie's determination to challenge the ideals of beauty within the fashion industry is both valiant and impressive.

After her appearance on ANTM, Winnie caught the world's attention when she walked the catwalk at Ashish's Spring/Summer 2015 show at London Fashion Week. Since then, she's become the face of ad campaign's for Desigual and Diesel and has spoken openly about her relationship with beauty at a Ted Talks event for teens.

How did she look to pick up her award at the Gala ceremony in Baden-Baden? She was a vision in red sequins, of course.

We get the feeling this is only just the start of a long, successful modelling career. Congrats, Winnie!

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