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Having been bullied as a kid for her unique looks, Winnie became a contestant on the program America's Next Top Model, and now finds herself as one of the most in-demand models in the world. She sat down to talk about her whirlwind of a career -- and to ask her Canadian fans one question in particular.
The funny thing about today's cattle call casting was that the girls were all hanging out in the lobby of the Mondrian Hotel in bikinis. The girls were checking each other out, as well as guests and staff practically walking into walls with all these beautiful women half naked in the lobby. It was so random but so funny to observe and be part of! A teenage boy's dream!
When I met Jean Paul Gaultier, I was very close to reaching my breaking point. The bullying, teasing, criticisms, hate, and NOs were beginning to take their toll on me. Jean Paul was the first designer to tell me I was beautiful. Jean was also the first to encourage me to stay true to myself and pay no mind to what anyone thought. If it weren't for Jean Paul Gaultier, I wouldn't have been offered many of my modeling or acting opportunities.We are all blessed with our individual talents, gifts, and opportunities for a reason. It's my hope that I can use mine to share, inspire, and help others -- like Gaultier helped me.
Ottawa's Mahlet Seifu is having a far reaching impact here at home and abroad. As if having a full time business consultant position is not busy enough, Mahlet started modeling seven years ago, and is now a fashion designer with the hope of helping a cause that is near and dear to her.