The embattled Victoria’s Secret has been making headlines for controversies more than successes as of late. But when British model Leomie Anderson was announced as the latest Victoria’s Secret Angel on 4 April, many, particularly black women, celebrated the new recruit’s coveted VS title.
Actress Gabrielle Union, her fellow models Ebonee Davis, Jourdan Dunn, Cindy Bruna and fellow Brit fashion illustrator Hayden Williams are just some who have cheered Leomie on her historic achievement.
Leomie herself is terribly excited but her new title as well. In an Instagram post announcing the news she says, “this is something I was even scared to dream about because I never thought it would come true but I am insanely excited to announce that I am Victoria’s Secret’s newest ANGEL!!”
There are many reasons why Leomie’s achievement is one worth celebrating, so we will list a few reasons why:
According to Buzzfeed, Leomie is the first black British model to get her angel wings, ever. The online publication also keeps it “all the way real” by pointing out she's also the very first dark-skinned Angel too.
As reported in The Glow Up, Leomie follows only six black Angels 40 models who have received the title. Retired supermodel Tyra Banks became the very first black Angel in 1997. Leomie joins current black Angels Brazilian model Lais Ribeiro and the U.S’ Jasmine Tookes.
Leomie has been relentless in her pursuit of being part of the Victoria’s Secret shows and this paid off in the biggest way because today she’s an Angel. She in an interview with Vogue she says she auditioned for Victioria’s Secret twice before she was successful on her third audition.
“All the other times I felt like I wasn’t ready. This time I went in and I knew I was ready; it wasn’t as scary as before,” Leomie tells Vogue.
Beyond this title Leomie has had many career milestones and achievements. According to Harper’s Bazaar, Leomie has been modelling for nine years and has booked notable gigs over this time including being featured in a Fenty Beauty campaign and walking the catwalk for some of the world renowned designers such as Marc Jacobs, Moschino, Tommy Hilfiger and Ralph Lauren among others.
But modelling is not where it ends for this Angel. Leomie has her fashion entrepreneurial venture called Lapp. The brand is all about “championing women's issues through fashion”.
It seems there’ll be much more to celebrate from Leomie.
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