9 Photos Of A Model Who Is Challenging What It Means To Be "Beautiful"
Her story, she says, is painted on her body.
Chantelle Brown-Young is a model that made headlines this year when host Tyra Banks discovered her on Instagram and asked her to compete in this season's cycle of "America's Next Top Model."
"The bullying started when I went to school," Brown-Young told People. "It was tough. I definitely had problems with self-esteem."
The model, who has already signed some pretty high profile contracts, says she was called names like "cow" and "zebra" by her classmates before her turn towards high fashion. Now, she says, people are booking her because of just how beautiful — and confident — she is in her skin.
"Everyone can relate to being different," she told the New York Post, adding, "It's my genuine opinion that it's those quirks that make you gorgeous. Let whatever quirks you have shine."
Brown-Young is hoping that her place in the spotlight will help others find strength in their own unique beauty, and challenge constricting beauty ideals.
"It takes one person to realize that there is beauty in everything, and you don't have to be on one side of the spectrum or the other," she said in a TEDx talk this month, adding, "Whoever's mold that you're trying to fit into, be your own person."
Check out more of the inspiring model's work below.