This year, #BlackGirlMagic was sprinkled all over the Victoria’s Secret Fashion show in the fashion capital of the world. On Nov. 30th a plethora of women flew to Paris, participating in the annual production. With a variation of shades and ethnicities, the models’ melanin glistened as they gracefully walked the runway. Artist like Bruno Mars and The Weeknd provided the models with musical selections and even danced with the bombshells. As the show aired last night, let’s recap these beauties from first-timers to veterans.
At only 24, this native of Luanda, Angola is a 4-time participant in Victoria’s Secret Fashion shows. Borges is currently based in New York and signed with IMG Models worldwide. After being discovered in 2012, Borges has walked in over 17 runway shows. Breaking beauty norms, she rocked a short natural afro and proudly repped her African roots.
Rocking a 90’s inspired Jada Pinkett cut, Phillips has undergone two major hair cuts within the past year. On her Instagram, she shared her reservations about cutting her hair and releasing the ideas of beauty correlating with hair length. During the show, the Texan even got to bust a move with Bruno Mars.
I woke up this morning feeling over the moon!!! I am so happy to have shared viewing this epic event with my family last night! To have my mom in the audience of the VS show in Paris was the most rewarding feeling ever! They have seen the ups and downs of my career since the very beginning. They have watched me start and stop modeling almost a million times! This was for you guys!! Perseverance and a positive mindset is everything! Don't let setbacks keep you from getting what you want. Remember that people don't know your worth until you show them what it is. "Faith is giving the divine the chance to act." – Sri Sri Ravi Shankar. ????????A special thank you to some of the people who helped make this happen. Your support means the world!! @majormodelsny @nadiawomen @10magazine @ed_razek @johndavidpfeiffer @victoriassecret
This Tanzanian beauty has walked in shows for Tom Ford and Calvin Clien. At just 20 years old, this was her first year at a VS fashion show modeling their Pink collection. Back stage, Paul, Borges, and Phillips jokingly referred to themselves as the #buzzcutangels for having similar short natural do’s.
A British model and 2-time VS fashion show participant, Anderson is also an aspiring writer who shares her journey on Lapp The Brand ‘s blog. Growing up, she was teased for her body type and often called “anorexic” and “nasty” by her peers. Now, she is encouraging girls going through a similar experience to not to let the mindset of a bully become their own.
New post up on @lappthebrand about how I became confident enough to walk the @victoriassecret show. After having such a positive week myself, it's time to spread that energy back around so please read and share my latest piece on @lappthebrand about how I overcame my bullies and if you have a story to share, email me on firstname.lastname@example.org ✨ #vsfashionshow #vsfs2016 links in bio!!
As the newest face for PINK, Tibby made her debut on the VS runway. The 21-year-old model was discovered in a mall in Florida by her current agent when she was 15. Walking in a Victoria’s Secret Fashion show has always been a dream for the young model.
This 22-year-old French model has walked in over 100 fashion shows. In 2012, she became the first model of color to walk exclusively for Calvin Klein. In 2014, Bruna became the third model of color to be the face of a Prada campaign, following the legendary Naiomi Campbell and Malika Firth.
A Maryland native discovered by an Instagram hashtag by IMG models, Lameka Fox was a woman of her words. At only 18, Fox has opened for this past Yeezy fashion show in NY and also graced runways in Paris and Milan.
#ForeverMood so many of you contribute to that smile. As I'm slowly but surely coming off the VS adrenaline high I realize that this is reality. It's easy to get lost unintentionally and continue to move forward because you want more but I want to stop and take a moment to let you all know that life is beautiful and I don't take any part of this journey for granted. It's an incredible the difference a year or two can make and I'm just happy to say I made it. Every experience good and bad has prepared me for this moment right here and I couldn't appreciate it more. To have a passionate and thrilling life it all begins with self-love and sharing that positive energy with those around you may I do that with everything I do because I want to see those smiles looking right back at me.
Last, but certainly not least, the only Black Angel this year, Jasmine Tookes. She rocked the show-stopping, $3 million Fantasy Bra that is made out of 450 carats diamonds and more than 270 Swaroksi crystals. She is the third model of color, and the first in nine years, to wear the brand’s signature bra. Tookes has now joined the ranks of supermodels like Tyra Banks and Selita Ebanks. This is her 5th time walking in a Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show.
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