Inspiration Of The Week - Winnie HarlowTuesday, February 25, 2014
My name is Chantelle Brown-Young, but most people know me as ChantelleWinnie. I am 18, a Leo, and I live with a skin condition called Vitiligo. Vitiligo is pretty much just your immune system being confused and thinking the cells that make up your your skin color are a disease, and killing them just like the common flu.
The results of that are white patches all over the body. Growing up for me was extremely tough in a social sense, and as a human (especially a young child) a social life means everything. I was teased a ridiculed because of my skin. I was called cow, zebra, milky, you name it, I was called it. I was beat up, but the worst part was, my "friends" never once helped me out. They laughed and joined in. Even with that, I still didn't want to be alone so I still called them "my friends" right up until high school. That's when life starts to change. It's where you fail or succeed. I was always told I was intelligent, but that never seemed to show in my work because I wasn't focused on the important things like studying and graduating. I was more keen on knowing the latest drama and cheering on fights to look cool.
Soon I was accepted by my peers, but for all the wrong reasons. I was liked, but I was a mean girl. I was looked at the way I looked at my bullies. And I never realized it because I didn't want to. I was just content with being excepted. Gossip, fights, and mean girl life was what I was living. What I didn't know was, if you and your "girl" are gossiping about your other "girl", both of them are probably gossiping about you. And they were. Which ended up with me getting jumped by my "friends" and shipped off to a new school in a different town. I ended up dropping out of school and thinking about suicide because I couldn't handle the stress. I couldn't handle any of it. Every way I turned it, my skin was to blame..
But was my skin really to blame? No, it was my crappy attitude towards it. If I just learned to accept it and treat myself the way I deserved to be treated, it wouldn't matter what others had to say because I would love myself! Anyone who didn't, did not matter. So that's what I did. I loved myself. And with that, opportunities started to fall into my lap and I thank God for all of them. Try loving yourself. Not being selfish or self-righteous, but just knowing that you are special no matter what!"
She was our hottie of the day, see more pictures of her HERE.