Leomie Anderson praises Victoria’s Secret amid scandal

Leomie Anderson has praised bosses at Victoria’s Secret for supporting her outspoken nature even as the lingerie company battles an ongoing scandal.The British model began walking in the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show in 2015, and after making four con…

Leomie Anderson has praised bosses at Victoria’s Secret for supporting her outspoken nature even as the lingerie company battles an ongoing scandal.

The British model began walking in the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show in 2015, and after making four consecutive appearances, was promoted to Angel status last year – although the 2019 event was cancelled as part of a plan to overhaul the firm, which has been criticised for its lack of diversity and inclusivity.

However, in a new interview with Refinery29, Anderson, a champion of diversity, defended the brand and praised executives for allowing her to speak her mind on social media.

“Victoria’s Secret is a brand that I really love working with because they’ve allowed me to be myself,” she explained. “Funnily enough, a bunch of people want to talk about the lack of diversity (but) they’re a brand that has never tried to silence me or make me feel uncomfortable with the fact that I’m very vocal on issues.

“I know a lot of brands, big brands, steer clear of anybody who says anything that’s even remotely political. I know brands who are scared of girls who put #BlackLivesMatter on social media. So, the fact that Victoria’s Secret supports me in what I have to say really meant a lot to me.”

Anderson also added that there was also a practical reason why she was excited to become an Angel.

She said, “A lot of models dream of getting a contract because our job is so volatile. I want to have something stable.”

It is unclear if the model’s interview took place before or after The New York Times published an expose earlier this month.

In the piece, Ed Razek, the former chief marketing officer of Victoria’s Secret parent company, L Brands, was accused of harassment, bullying, and perpetuating a culture of misogyny. He has denied all the allegations.

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Rihanna allows pimple to ‘shine’ in make-up-free selfie

Rihanna had no qualms about allowing a pimple to “shine” in her latest selfie.The superstar took to Instagram on Monday to upload a snap of herself gazing at the camera with fresh skin and her new cornrow hairstyle. Rihanna wrote in the caption, “First…

Rihanna had no qualms about allowing a pimple to “shine” in her latest selfie.

The superstar took to Instagram on Monday to upload a snap of herself gazing at the camera with fresh skin and her new cornrow hairstyle.

Rihanna wrote in the caption, “First selfie of the year doe (sic). #2020.”

But while her post quickly racked up over four million likes, one follower commented, “Let me pop your pimple.”

The message quickly caught the 31-year-old’s attention and she responded: “Let her have her shine, PLEASE.”

However, the other comments were very positive, with actress Nia Long writing, “Pretty pretty… bad a*s”, and model Leomie Anderson adding, “Raw beauty and edges is all we ask for.”

Yet, Rihanna didn’t reply to a fan who joked about her decision to keep her upcoming album R9 under wraps for now.

“The fact that the pimple heard the album and we didn’t,” they posted.

When asked about when she would be releasing R9, the Umbrella hitmaker previously explained that she was juggling her music career with her commitments to building her Fenty Beauty line as well as her Savage X Fenty lingerie brand.

“I know I know sis. I’m doing music. Simultaneously doing lingerie, make-up, film, amongst a couple other things that I enjoy. when the music is ready, you won’t have to ask for it,” she stated. “But it’s coming. Just not today sis. I’m hype too tho, it can’t come soon enough for me (sic).”

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Ashley Graham honoured to walk in fashion show while pregnant

Ashley Graham was honoured to walk in Tommy Hilfiger and Zendaya’s New York Fashion Week show while pregnant. The model announced she was expecting her first child with husband Justin Ervin back in August, and she hasn’t been letting pregnancy get in t…

Ashley Graham was honoured to walk in Tommy Hilfiger and Zendaya’s New York Fashion Week show while pregnant.

The model announced she was expecting her first child with husband Justin Ervin back in August, and she hasn’t been letting pregnancy get in the way of her busy schedule.

The 31-year-old made her first catwalk appearance since announcing the exciting news during the Tommy X Zendaya presentation outside the Apollo Theater in Harlem on Sunday night and rocked a black polka dot dress with a thigh-high slit and oversized belt, six-inch heels, houndstooth scarf, and hat.

Sharing snaps from the runway on her Instagram account, Ashley gushed over the experience.

“What a night!! This show was so memorable, exhilarating and truly inspiring @tommyhilfiger @zendaya & @luxurylaw, thank you for including me!” she wrote in the caption. “I am so grateful and proud to have been a part of such an incredible show. Thank you for honouring the importance of inclusion by representing so many different women on your runway and showing that beauty comes in many forms. I could have never imagined the feeling of walking a runway pregnant, it was truly an honour for us to be there!”

Euphoria actress Zendaya thanked Ashley for her appearance in the comments, adding, “It was an honour.” British model Adwoa Aboah posted, “HERO!!! Preggerzzzz Goals (sic)”, while Lily Aldridge wrote, “Yessssssss so major!!!”

In addition to the show, Ashley was sat front row at Christian Siriano’s spring 2020 presentation and attended a Harper’s Bazaar party.

The second and final part of designer Hilfiger’s collaboration with Zendaya was a nod to the ’70s and featured a diverse range of models including Leomie Anderson, Winnie Harlow, Soo Joo Park, Halima Aden, and Candice Swanepoel.

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Leomie Anderson: ‘Lais Ribeiro has made me so welcome at Victoria’s Secret’

Leomie Anderson has praised fellow Victoria’s Secret Angel Lais Ribeiro for welcoming her so warmly into the brand family.The London-born fashion star, who has modelled for the likes of Jeremy Scott, Tom Ford, and Vivienne Westwood, was announced as th…

Leomie Anderson has praised fellow Victoria’s Secret Angel Lais Ribeiro for welcoming her so warmly into the brand family.

The London-born fashion star, who has modelled for the likes of Jeremy Scott, Tom Ford, and Vivienne Westwood, was announced as the lingerie label’s newest Angel earlier this month (Apr19).

And in an interview with HOLA! USA, Leomie revealed she found out about the honour when she was shooting alongside Lais – who was quick to offer her support and tips about being a Victoria’s Secret ambassador.

“The first day that I ever shot Victoria’s Secret was actually the day I got announced, and I was shooting with Lais,” she smiled. “And she really has made me feel very welcome. She gave me a lot of tips on being a part of Victoria’s Secret family. So nothing bad, no pranks, just a lot of love.”

As for whether she’s received any advice from other Victoria’s Secret veterans, Leomie added: “I spoke to Sara (Sampaio) literally just yesterday. She just told me to be myself. That’s what Victoria’s Secret is about.”

Leomie, 26, first walked in a Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show in 2015 and has since gone on to appear in all subsequent spectacles. She’s also known for her popular videos, with her posts including everything from make-up tutorials to travel diaries, and spoke about her best advice for keeping in shape during the chat with the Spanish publication.

“Just listen to your body,” she advised. “Hydrate, always drink a lot of water. And try new things as well. If you don’t like one form of exercise, you can definitely find other things that you’re really interested in. For me, sometimes I hate going to the gym, but I like going to a dance class. Just find your thing.”

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Adut Akech makes sure hairstylists are respectful of her hair

Adut Akech is no longer afraid to voice her opinions when it comes to hairstyling.The model, who was born in South Sudan and raised in Adelaide, Australia, made her runway debut for Saint Laurent’s spring/summer 2017 show in September 2016 and has sinc…

Adut Akech is no longer afraid to voice her opinions when it comes to hairstyling.

The model, who was born in South Sudan and raised in Adelaide, Australia, made her runway debut for Saint Laurent’s spring/summer 2017 show in September 2016 and has since gone on to appear as the “bride” in a Chanel couture show, and walk for the likes of Valentino, Alexander McQueen, Givenchy, and Kenzo.

While Adut has quickly risen up the ranks of the industry, she has now shared that she has often had to have difficult conversations with hairstylists before shows and photoshoots, as many are unequipped to work with her natural hair.

“I have Afro hair, and you can’t use the same products or put the same amount of heat on my hair as you would with a Caucasian girl’s hair, but a lot of (hairstylists) fail to understand that. Last season, I let (the hairstylists) do what they wanted to do, and my hair got so heat-damaged,” she said in an interview with Allure magazine. “This season I didn’t let anyone touch my hair with heat at all, and a lot of people were offended, but if a model is not feeling OK (with a style), they should understand.”

Previously, models such as Iman and Leomie Anderson have spoken about how they have to supply their own foundation for gigs as make-up artists often don’t carry the right shade.

And disappointingly, Adut has had a similar experience, and often brings her go-to products to set, though she has now found a few foundations that blend seamlessly with her skin tone.

“I’m a really dark-skinned girl, and it was hard to find something in Australia; the only brand I could use was MAC. In America, I can find my shade. I like L’Oreal Paris True Match, Maybelline New York Fit Me, and Dior Backstage,” the 19-year-old added.

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Grace Elizabeth thrilled to be joining Victoria’s Secret ‘family’

Grace Elizabeth can’t quite believe she is the latest model to get Angel wings at Victoria’s Secret.The rising fashion star kicked off her career in 2015 with campaigns for the likes of Guess and Polo Ralph Lauren and has since gone on to land coveted …

Grace Elizabeth can’t quite believe she is the latest model to get Angel wings at Victoria’s Secret.

The rising fashion star kicked off her career in 2015 with campaigns for the likes of Guess and Polo Ralph Lauren and has since gone on to land coveted gigs for Chanel, Karl Lagerfeld, and Estee Lauder.

Grace made her debut appearance at a Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show in 2016, and on Wednesday (10Apr19) was announced as the brand’s new Angel – with the model now describing her colleagues at the U.S. lingerie label as an “incredible family”.

“This almost feels unreal, I’ve been pinching myself all morning! Since the moment I entered the modelling world my goal was to work with Victoria’s Secret. Today I am proud to announce I am… (drumroll please) THE NEWEST ANGEL!!!” she wrote on her Instagram page. “I can’t even express how grateful I am to all of my family, friends, and fans for your constant support and belief in me. You guys have been the biggest force behind my journey. I’m so excited for this next chapter in my life and in my career. Thank you, Ed Razek, Monica Mitro, John Pfeifer, Sophia Neophitou, and Michelle Priano, for welcoming me with open arms to this incredible family. I love you all.”

Following the retirement of longtime Victoria’s Secret Angels like Adriana Lima and Alessandra Ambrosio, executives at the company have contracted new faces for the prestigious gig, with Hungarian model Barbara Palvin and British stars Leomie Anderson and Alexina Graham also recently tapped.

And now that Grace has accomplished her dream of becoming a Victoria’s Secret Angel, she has set her sights on another of her goals.

“I’m ambitious!” the 22-year-old shared in an interview with Harper’s Bazaar. “I’d love to do a Jimmy Fallon appearance, book more fashion magazine covers and campaigns and maybe in the future even try acting…basically, all of it!”

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Grace Elizabeth unveiled as latest Victoria’s Secret Angel

Model Grace Elizabeth has scored her wings as the latest Victoria’s Secret Angel. The 22 year old, who first graced the runway for the lingerie brand in 2016, joins Barbara Palvin, Alexina Graham, and Leomie Anderson among the new crop of Angels. Re…

Model Grace Elizabeth has scored her wings as the latest Victoria’s Secret Angel.

The 22 year old, who first graced the runway for the lingerie brand in 2016, joins Barbara Palvin, Alexina Graham, and Leomie Anderson among the new crop of Angels.

Recalling her first Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show in Paris, Grace reveals she was “freaking out” before her catwalk debut and almost had a panic attack.

“When I first walked out, I passed by Bruno Mars and I was like, ‘Hey’, and then I turned the corner and the first people I saw were my parents,” she says. “It was very emotional.”

And she reveals she’s picking up impressionable young fans, who only know her through her Instagram account: “Normally the younger girls that see me come up and are like, ‘Are you Lovegrace_e?’ It’s like a secret name. I’m like, ‘Yep, that’ll be me!'”

In her new Angel announcement video, posted online on Wednesday (10Apr19), Grace also reveals boxing and Pilates keep her fit and trim, while yoga helps her “zen out”.

The confident Florida native ends the video by stating, “I am up next!”

“I was in Tulum, Mexico on vacation laying by the beach when I got the exciting news,” she recalls of the big Angel news. “I told my mother. She had already seen the email come through and was counting down the minutes until I called her. I called her as soon as I saw and she answered, ‘Hello, is this my angel?'”

Grace has been a longtime Victoria’s Secret favourite and served as a spokesmodel for the brand’s PINK collection.

She signed to Next Models at 16 and went on to book jobs with Guess and Polo Ralph Lauren. She has also walked the international runways for Ralph Lauren, Max Mara and Chanel.

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Leomie Anderson named as new Victoria’s Secret Angel

Leomie Anderson is the latest model to get Angel wings at Victoria’s Secret.The London-born fashion star, who has modelled for the likes of Jeremy Scott, Tom Ford, and Vivienne Westwood, first walked in a Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show in 2015.Leomie h…

Leomie Anderson is the latest model to get Angel wings at Victoria’s Secret.

The London-born fashion star, who has modelled for the likes of Jeremy Scott, Tom Ford, and Vivienne Westwood, first walked in a Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show in 2015.

Leomie has since gone on to appear in all subsequent spectacles, and on Thursday (04Apr19), a spokesperson for the U.S. lingerie giant announced that she had achieved Angel status.

“Congrats to our NEW Angel, @leomieanderson! Can’t wait to see you work those WINGS!” a representative wrote alongside a snap of Leomie on Instagram.

Following the retirement of long-time Victoria’s Secret Angels like Adriana Lima and Alessandra Ambrosio, executives at the company have contracted new faces for the prestigious gig, with Hungarian model Barbara Palvin and English beauty Alexina Graham also recently tapped.

And taking to social media to express her excitement, Leomie explained that she was still “in shock” over the news.

“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!! I can’t even believe it,” the 26-year-old wrote.

In addition to modelling, Leomie is known for her popular videos, with her posts including everything from make-up tutorials to travel diaries. After being asked by a follower to speak on the pressures young girls are under in society, she was also inspired to found LAPP The Brand in 2016, a clothing line and platform in which women are encouraged to share their stories.

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Rosie Huntington-Whiteley: ‘I feel happier than ever as a mum’

Rosie Huntington-Whiteley has found becoming a mother incredibly empowering.The supermodel and her actor fiance Jason Statham became parents to their son Jack in June 2017, just months after Rosie celebrated her 30th birthday. Speaking at the ELLE Wee…

Rosie Huntington-Whiteley has found becoming a mother incredibly empowering.

The supermodel and her actor fiance Jason Statham became parents to their son Jack in June 2017, just months after Rosie celebrated her 30th birthday.

Speaking at the ELLE Weekender Event at London’s Saatchi Gallery on Sunday (02Dec18), she insisted that both of these life milestones have brought her true happiness.

“Every year I get older I feel so much more empowered in myself and I feel so much more confident,” she said. “Turning 30 and becoming a mum has just been so empowering for me. I feel really clear with what I want out of life. I feel happier than ever. I feel like you cut away the things that don’t make you happy and your priorities just shift massively.”

Rosie also spoke about the partnership she shares with Jason, whom she has been in a relationship with since 2010. Though The Expendables star is known for his tough guy image, she revealed that “he’s very entrepreneurial” and she consults him about every make-up product she plans to feature on Rose Inc. – her online beauty platform.

In particular, Rosie is a fan of quality skincare having encountered struggles with acne in the past.

“I think investing in a great skincare regime is really important,” she insisted. “For me, skin comes first as I’ve struggled with acne, in and out of it, through my adult life really. And so, I’m always striving for the best skin I can. It’s the canvas of everything I do.”

Other fashion stars including designer Diane von Furstenberg and model Leomie Anderson also spoke at the event.

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Duckie Thot was in an accident before Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show 

Duckie Thot was involved in a car accident shortly before the 2018 Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show.The Australian model, who is of South Sudanese heritage, has quickly risen up the ranks of the fashion world since launching her career in 2013, having la…

Duckie Thot was involved in a car accident shortly before the 2018 Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show.

The Australian model, who is of South Sudanese heritage, has quickly risen up the ranks of the fashion world since launching her career in 2013, having landed work for the likes of Yeezy, Fenty Beauty, Oscar de la Renta, and Balmain.

Her latest gig saw her walk in the Victoria’s Secret extravaganza in New York City last Thursday (08Nov18), but she has now taken to social media to reflect on a scary incident which took place in the hours prior to the event.

“Firstly, I’d like to apologise for posting a little late – I had to take some time for myself to process the week. 48 hours before the VS fashion show, I got into a car accident on my way to a workout session. Thankfully, I walked away without a scratch,” the 23-year-old wrote in a post on Instagram. “The incident put a few things into perspective for me; no matter how hard you’ve worked for something or how deserving you may feel, it can easily be taken away. I’ve dreamed of walking for @victoriassecret for as long as I can remember – watching women who inspired me year after year, I someday saw myself doing the same thing. God was watching over me in that car and he carried me through Thursday, I couldn’t have done it without Him.”

Duckie went on to comment that she had the “utmost respect” for all of the women she walked alongside at the spectacle, with the show including stars like Adriana Lima, Kendall Jenner, and Gigi Hadid.

In addition, the star thanked British model Leomie Anderson for her words of support, and the entire Victoria’s Secret team.

“It’s been a true honour to do this show, I am so blessed to have had this moment. Lastly, I’d like to thank my guardian angel, my little sister Sarah – every step I took was for you,” she concluded her note.

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