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.
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.
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.
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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