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Source: Italian Vogue
She is unique in her genre, or better her genes are unique: this is the story of Chrystèle Saint Louis Augustin, the black model who has turned her peculiarity into her strongest point.
There are no different types of beauty. Beauty is beauty, that’s all.
states Chrystèle who, although she has black parents, was born with a fair complexion and blue eyes even if her curly afro hair gives away her West Indies origins.
She started modelling during the mid 90’s encouraged by a friend who saw in her modelling material. After the first casting for Benetton, Chrystèle was signed by City Models and started travelling the world.
It happens that people have a hard time believing that I’m black because of my light skin: in fact I’m a European but I’m a black woman as well. Both my parents and my brother are dark skinned but the West Indies are a mix of genes from different countries and you never know what skin colour your baby might have: being a black beauty is not a matter of dark skin, but it’s an experience, it’s a way you understand and feel the world.
Read the full story on Italian Vogue.