Woman with Michael Jackson's skin condition could be America's Next Top Model

Woman with Michael Jackson's skin condition could be America's Next Top Model

She has defied the conventional idea of what the world sees as beautiful.

In school, Miss Chantelle Brown-Young was bullied. Growing up, she was called "zebra" and "cow" because of a rare skin condition.

When she was four, she was diagnosed with vitiligo - a pigmentation disordera ski - the same condition Michael Jackson had.

White patches of irregular shapes begin to appear on the skin over time.

With this problem, Toronto-based Brown-Young, now 19, could not even have dreamed of a career in modelling, Mail Online reported.

But she has had the last laugh when she was picked as one of 14 contestants for this summer's Tyra Banks' America's Next Top Model.

The reality TV series is in its 21st season, and will feature men and women.

On the America's Next Top Model website, Miss Brown-Young is seen posing in a photograph with Banks.

In her video pitch for the TV show, she said she wanted to be picked because it has been "a lifelong dream".

She added: "I am the underdog, and I want to prove that one can follow one's dreams despite all the flaws and setbacks."

Her parents and younger sister, Christina, 10, support her in her mission to redefine the way the fashion industry looks at beauty.

Her mother, Ms Lisa Brown, who is originally from Jamaica, told Jamaican newspaper The Gleaner: "Chantelle is a sweet, beautiful, outgoing teenager.

"I am just so thrilled at (her) turnaround, with her new level of confidence. I can't stop thanking God for this wonderful blessing."

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