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Canadian Model, Winnie Harlow and Actor Stephan James have been featured as cover stars of ELLE Canada‘s Fashion and Film issue.

Winnie Harlow and Actor Stephan James

Styled by talented stylist Julianna Schiavinatto, the two are pictured in different striking looks for the cover shoot.

The Canadian stars opened up on ELLE about having careers outside their home country, their journeys so far in the States and their future plans

Read excerpts from the interview:

Winnie Harlow and Actor Stephan James

Winnie on the challenges of being a black model industry:

“I find it difficult; it’s not comfortable [for me]. But the worst you can get is a ‘No.’ I’d rather go to sleep being proud that I stood up for myself and didn’t put myself in an uncomfortable situation—at work, in a relationship, whatever part of my life. I’ve realized that my happiness and my opinion of myself are more important than whatever anyone else has to say.”

Winnie Harlow and Actor Stephan James

Stephan on being black in Hollywood

“There aren’t a lot of young black leading men in this new generation. I wish there were a thousand of us, to be honest. [White actors] get to do varied types of work, and I want [black actors] to be able to just exist and tell stories because you’re the best actor for the job—not just black-specific stories because you’re a black actor.”

Read the full interview on ellecanada.com

Winnie Harlow and Actor Stephan James

Credits:

Editor-in-Chief: @vanessacraft

Styling: @julianaschiavinatto

Creative direction: @anniehorth

Art direction: @jedtallo

Hair: @janetjacksonhairstylist

Makeup: @leslie_ann_thomson‪

Photographic Team: @norman__wong, @kathi_z @kzmage

By Sarah Oyedo

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