She rose to prominence as a contestant on the 2014 cycle of Tyra Banks’ America’s Next Top Model, after garnering a huge following on social media.
And Winnie Harlow showed exactly why she’s been captivating fashion show audiences and top designers ever since, when she made a showstopping appearance at the LGBT Community Center of New York fundraiser on Thursday.
The Canadian model, 22, turned heads in a shimmering black satin minidress, featuring a button-down bodice and a gold collar with matching cuffs, while she stood tall in a pair of black platform boots with gladiator-style straps.
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Stepping out in style: Winnie Harlow made a glamorous arrival at the LGBT Community Center of New York fundraising dinner on Thursday night
With an assortment of glittering rings adorning her fingers, her raven tresses were styled in flowing gentle waves with a side parting, while siren red lipstick further revved up her look.
As she arrived at the fundraising dinner, she posed for snapshots with Marc Jacobs, who stands among a host of celebrated designers whose works Winnie has modelled at a number of international runway shows.
Winnie was among several celebrities in attendance at the event for the centre, whose aim is ’empowering LGBT youth to become healthy, successful adults through substance use treatment and prevention, leadership and employment opportunities and HIV/AIDS prevention and education’, according to the organisation’s website.
Dressed to impress: The Canadian model, 22, turned heads in a shimmering black satin minidress, featuring a button-down bodice and a gold collar with matching cuffs
Winnie recently spoke about being discovered by Tyra Banks, revealing: ‘When America’s Next Top Model was casting for the new season I asked all my fans online to tag Tyra Banks so she could see my photos – and they did!’
‘My little sister started a Facebook page for me and one of the producers from the show sent a message showing interest.
‘Initially I didn’t believe it but I followed through and ended up being on the show for season 21. After Tyra gave me that opportunity it was my time.’
Hair we go again: Winnie’s raven tresses were styled in flowing gentle waves with a side parting, while siren red lipstick further revved up her look
Having been bullied at school for her vitiligo, Winnie added that she never expected to be the darling of the fashion industry.
‘To be completely honest I never thought I could become a model growing up. I actually wanted to be an entertainment journalist,’ she recalled.
The catwalk beauty recently told Elle Canada she’s not a fan of being branded a role model, as people shouldn’t want to emulate others.
Standing tall: Thanks in part to her platform boots, she towered over designer Marc Jacobs as they posed together on the red carpet
Winnie, who was rumoured to have enjoyed a fling with Lewis Hamilton last year, tells the publication: ‘I feel like I am an inspiration. That’s the word I prefer.
‘I don’t believe that I have to be a role model, someone to be emulated. My mom inspires me, and I take great things from her, but there are things from my mom that I would never do.
‘So I don’t have my mother as a role model, but I do have her as a huge inspiration.’
Let’s hug it out: She also affectionately caressed his face as they hammed it up for the cameras