Beauty Secrets I Learned From Model Winnie Harlow


Canadian model Winnie Harlow was first discovered on YouTube in 2013 and landed a spot on America’s Next Top Model in 2014, but it was her turn in Beyoncé’s “Lemonade” visual album that took her career to new heights. The outspoken model has since walked the runway for everyone from Marc Jacobs to Coach, starred in campaigns for Nike and H&M, traveled the world, and amassed over 2 million Instagram followers. This year she’s set her sights on booking Victoria’s Secret. “


On body image.

When I was in high school, I wanted to be so thick that I’d eat all the pizza and all the McDonald’s and everything. So it depends on what place I am in my life. Right now for my job, I wear a bunch of sample sizes, so I’m at sample size. Thank god I didn’t mess up my metabolism too much in my high school days, so I can get back to sample size fairly easy. But it kind of just depends on where I feel like I wanna be. If you’re comfortable having more meat on your bones, that is perfectly fine. If I need to get ready for an event, like fashion week or Cannes, I’ll go to the gym at least three times a week with my trainer and I’ll be on a meal plan that I usually get from a company.

Sit down with someone that knows how to get you to your goals and make a plan. I [used to] go to the gym and be like, ‘I’m gonna run on the treadmill or I’m do whatever this machine does.’ But there are certain workouts that aren’t made for what I want to accomplish with my body. I don’t want to bulk up my legs or my arms, so that was something that I had to sit down with my trainer and be like, ‘I love my arms. I don’t want them any smaller or any bigger, I love them just the way they are.’

On her relationship with food.

I literally love food. I went to Mykonos two weeks ago and looked at the menu and was like, ‘Oh my gosh, sea urchin, I’ve never had that before.’ [My friends] were like, ‘No you never want to try that.’ And I was like, ‘Bring it on!’ I tasted it and didn’t like it so I didn’t finish it, but I tasted it. I will always try something. The craziest thing I’ve tried? Maybe frog legs.

I don’t do much cooking because it’s impossible when you travel so much. You go grocery shopping, buy everything, and then get a call to fly out for two weeks. By the time you’re back, all the food is rotten.

I [generally] have three meals and two snacks. Breakfast is something like an egg scrambled with quinoa and spinach and turkey bacon. Then I have a snack, like a healthy lemon poppy seed muffin. And then lunch is salmon with maybe veggies and quinoa again. And then my late night snack is protein balls or a protein shake.

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If you’re not drinking enough water, or you’re not eating enough vegetables, or you’re not working out enough, or you’re not getting your toxins out, I feel like it always reflects. When I am in the gym consistently, eating right, taking care of my skin, my skin is flourishing. Don’t forget your water. You need to stay hydrated. Whatever your goals are, you always need to stay hydrated.

On self-confidence.

I think we’re born with it. We’re just educated differently. I think everyone naturally is really confident, but when you’re deterred from believing you’re perfect the way you are, that can lower your self-esteem. Naturally, I am a confident person who loves myself. I [used to] feel like I had low-self esteem or I wasn’t the prettiest girl. But I realized that wasn’t really my opinion of myself, I was just paying attention to what other people were saying. I had to sit myself down and be like, ‘I actually don’t feel that way and whatever they say really isn’t relevant.’

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