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Winnie Harlow becomes the first ever model with vitiligo to pose for Sports Illustrated Swimsuit

Winnie Harlow becomes the first ever model with vitiligo to pose for Sports Illustrated Swimsuit

 

The Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue has offered another sneak peak at who’s set to appear in the 2019 edition, this time with a series of very sexy pictures of model Winnie Harlow.

Winnie, 24, appears in a handful of Instagram videos posted by the magazine, posing up a storm in a series of barely-there swimsuits at her shoot in the Bahamas.

Her shoot marks the first time a model with vitiligo, a skin condition that causes patches of skin to lose pigment, has appeared in the magazine.

Winnie Harlow Sports Illustrated Swimsuit

The model is the first with vitiligo to appear in the pages. Vitiligo is a condition in which the pigment cells of the skin are destroyed in certain areas of the body.



Although the exact cause is unknown, experts say it is an autoimmune condition in which the body’s defense system mistakenly attacks and destroys certain cells within the body.

It’s not painful and doesn’t have significant health consequences, but it can have emotional and psychological consequences, as white patches appear on the skin.

Winnie has become a sort of poster child for the condition, and has found incredible success as a model in the past few years.

Daily Mail

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