Winnie Harlow Becomes a Victoria’s Secret Model

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I had a break down before i walked into the most nerve wrecking casting of my life. I asked my driver to go around the block twice before i could walk into the @VictoriasSecret offices so i could re coup, and remember (while my trainer @bodybymato reminded me on the phone through sobs – thank you lol) how hard I’ve been working! I went in and made new friends and saw old friends and it already felt like home! We patiently waited while @ed_razek @johndavidpfeiffer @monica.mitro @10magazine carefully took time to get to know each girl. When it was finally my time, within my nervous storm of anticipation i changed into a black Victoria Secret set and stepped out!!!! I spoke to them about Jamaica, @nick_knight , my abs, and how i was beyond honoured to be given the opportunity to try out.. then I walked for my life!!!! I can’t believe this!! Thank you for giving me all the energy and kindness in that room! Thank you for allowing me to walk for VICTORIA’S SECRET! Thank you to my agencies @firstaccessent @womenmanagementnyc @women_paris @thesquadmanagement my pr @remibrb my agent @mannyuk and mama bears #sarahstennett & @thelilmisse for having my back supporting and believing in me! I love you guys you’re FAMILY!! Thank you mommy for praying with me everyday for the past 3 days. And thank you so much to my fans who have been pushing me forward to this point in my career. I’m so blessed thank you Lord!! IM WALKING THE VICTORIA’S SECRET SHOW! Thank you Vogue for the exclusive interview 😭🙏🏽💗🙈

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Since appearing on America’s Next Top Model in 2014, Harlow has cultivated an unapologetic social presence and has regularly walked for coveted fashion houses across the world. As a body-positive activist, she has spoken openly of her vitiligo, a skin condition that causes pigmentation loss in certain patches of the skin. Winnie declared that it has been her dream to walk for Victoria’s Secret and the 5.5 million viewers the show has amassed. “Why is there a stigma around being different when we’re all different?” Harlow said. “It’s the pinnacle of my career…I told anyone [who] asked, ‘I want Victoria’s Secret!’”

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Meet The 6 Black Models That Will Make Their Debut At The 2017 Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show

Victoria’s Secret has chosen 61 models for this year’s fashion show. Out of the 61, they’re introducing 17 new models to the catwalk, and six of them are Black! See which six Black models made the cut below, and be sure to catch the 2017 Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show, which will be held on November 20 in Shanghai, China, on November 28 at 10pm ET on CBS

Alécia Morais

At age 20, this Cabo Verdean model has already walked numerous fashions shows for top designers like Chanel and Dior.

Amilna Estevão

The 18-year-old model hails from the African country of Angola, and was discovered when she was only 14.

Mayowa Nicholas

From walking various designer runways to serving as the face of Calvin Klein’s underwear line, this 19-year-old Nigerian model has been one to watch ever since she was scouted at age 16

Grace Bol

This 27-year-old South Sudanese model has been modeling since age 19, but this year marks her first time walking in the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show.

Aiden Curtiss

At 19, she’s the daughter of famous French model and Yves Saint Laurent muse Katoucha Niane, and made her debut in the Roland Mouret Spring/Summer 2017 fashion show

Samile Bermannelli

Hailing from Brazil, the 18-year-old model walked her first fashion week in Paris for the Spring/Summer 2017 season.