The 23-year-old has modeled for major designers including Calvin Klein and brands like Victoria's Secret during her career. But the beauty had to overcome a lot of personal criticism as a teenager to be confident enough to strut her stuff down the catwalk.
"One of the major problems I had was that I didn't understand the reason [for the bullying]," she explained to British newspaper The Telegraph. "I figured there must be something terribly wrong with me. I was really skinny - I know they made fun of me for that. They called me a monster. I was maybe 80lbs. and 5ft. 8ins."
Lyndsey attended a fancy preparatory school in New Jersey but kept her abuse a secret from her parents. While she now has confidence and a broad smile as she continues to expand her business empire, the bullying left her like a shell of a person.
"For the first three years I was the only black person. By the end I was terribly quiet. I could barely talk to people without tearing up," she recalled. "People pushed me around. There was one class where they kept knocking my books on to the floor. I was invited to a few parties just to be uninvited. I was pretty out of it, depressed, and didn't really care."
Somehow Lyndsey managed to pick herself up and attended college, before becoming a model. One of her first big jobs was for Calvin Klein.
"I was called in to meet them at 11pm and they told me on the spot that they wanted me to be an exclusive," she said. "At the time any job would have been great, so this was a huge shock to the system. I pinched myself for months."
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