Jasmine Tookes gets ‘more nervous’ about Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show every year

Jasmine Tookes’s nerves get “worse and worse every year” ahead of the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show. The model has walked the runway for the lingerie brand’s annual televised extravaganza since 2012, with company bosses selecting her to wear the cove…

Jasmine Tookes’s nerves get “worse and worse every year” ahead of the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show.

The model has walked the runway for the lingerie brand’s annual televised extravaganza since 2012, with company bosses selecting her to wear the coveted Fantasy Bra in 2016.

Despite having seven years of experience with the show, Jasmine admitted in a new interview with Vogue Australia that her nerves are worse now than they ever were when she was a newcomer.

“The nerves definitely don’t go away. (They) get worse and worse every year, because you know what to expect, how many cameras are there, how many people are going to be watching,” she explained. “Then when it’s over, you’re so sad like, ‘Oh no! I want to do it again!'”

The American star, who has walked for the likes of Calvin Klein and Prada, was scouted at the age of 16 and in the early days of her career, would often be the only woman of colour on the runway.

Accordingly, she’s glad the industry has become more inclusive.

Jasmine, who is of African, Brazilian, and Bajan ancestry, hopes her appearances in the VS Fashion Show and on other runways will help open the door for other young models.

“I feel like (my experiences) also open the door for people who are following in my footsteps, which I felt like Naomi Campbell did for me and Tyra Banks as well,” the 28-year-old shared. “I think it’s great that I can help young girls become confident and see that they can do it too and be on these runways as well.”

Another bonus to serving as an Angel is having a sisterhood of fellow models on hand to offer support and advice.

“I think that’s really hard to find in the industry – really true friends – so I feel very fortunate that I have all these girls to call on and they can call on me,” Jasmine gushed.

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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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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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Victoria’s Secret beauty Alexina Graham gets her Angel wings

English beauty Alexina Graham is the latest model to get Angel wings at Victoria’s Secret.Following on from the news that Barbara Palvin is joining the Angel ranks, flame-haired star Alexina has shared her excitement that she is also being welcomed int…

English beauty Alexina Graham is the latest model to get Angel wings at Victoria’s Secret.

Following on from the news that Barbara Palvin is joining the Angel ranks, flame-haired star Alexina has shared her excitement that she is also being welcomed into the fold at the U.S. lingerie label.

“This is insane!! What a dream come true!” the 29-year-old gushed on Instagram. “Never in my wildest imagination did I think that this would become my reality. Angel Status?!?! WOW. Thank you Victoria’s Secret for believing in this Red Head, I am so honoured to be part of the @victoriassecret family. Can’t wait for what’s to come.”

She first walked in the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show in 2017, and once again took to the runway for the 2018 spectacle.

Alexina has also previously worked with Balmain, Emporio Armani and Jean-Paul Gaultier, as well as posing for the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue.

However, in an interview with Glamour magazine, the model recalled how she was picked on as a child because of her naturally red hair.

“Like most redheads, I did get bullied at school because we just stand out,” she stated. “It took me a long time to get here, I have gone through so much in the last 10 years both in terms of my career and my life… this is a ‘two fingers up at my bullies’ moment.”

Alexina and Barbara fill the spaces left behind by Victoria’s Secret icons Alessandra Ambrosio and Adriana Lima, who retired in 2017 and 2018, respectively.

While the news has gone down well with fans, some have reacted angrily that slim Barbara has been labelled plus-size by Facebook account Superficial Doll, who posted that the Hungarian star is “finally the first plus-size Victoria’s Secret Angel”.

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Martha Hunt always spritzes on fragrance before hitting runway

Martha Hunt always applies fragrance before hitting the runway as it makes her feel “confident”.The model kicked off her career at Paris Fashion Week in 2007, before going on to walk the catwalk for the likes of Victoria’s Secret, Issey Miyake, and Bal…

Martha Hunt always applies fragrance before hitting the runway as it makes her feel “confident”.

The model kicked off her career at Paris Fashion Week in 2007, before going on to walk the catwalk for the likes of Victoria’s Secret, Issey Miyake, and Balmain.

While Martha is an expert at strutting her stuff, she has now shared that she has one ritual that she does prior to every show that really boosts her energy.

“Always apply a splash of fragrance before hitting the runway. Wearing fragrance instantly makes me feel more confident and ready to walk into a room,” she told Byrdie.com, adding that she is a fan of Victoria’s Secret’s Love Star perfume, which has plenty of fruity floral notes. “I always wear fragrance whenever I’m going to work or to a holiday party because it immediately makes me feel better of myself.”

Martha went on to explain that she takes her workouts seriously before major shows, such as the annual Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show. But she makes time to look after herself too, and is a fan of meditation.

“I like to practice transcendental meditation,” the 29-year-old said. “It helps me clear my mind and feel more centred and prepared to walk the runway. Sometimes you get stressed out and there’s a lot of noise around you, and this helps block out the noise.”

Elsewhere in the chat, Martha spoke about how she has found it more important to take her vitamins each day as she gets older as they really enhance her energy levels, and also noted that she is never afraid to ask her model pals for health and wellbeing advice.

“Some of the girls will work out with different trainers that could help you out, or they might have certain smoothie recipe or travel tips that will help you better prepare for the show,” she smiled.

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Karolina Kurkova: ‘There’s no such thing as the worst advice’

Karolina Kurkova is certain that all advice is good advice.The Czech supermodel started her fashion career at the age of 15 and became one of the youngest models to ever land a U.S. Vogue cover when she posed for the publication at 16 years old. She th…

Karolina Kurkova is certain that all advice is good advice.

The Czech supermodel started her fashion career at the age of 15 and became one of the youngest models to ever land a U.S. Vogue cover when she posed for the publication at 16 years old.

She then went on to work with brands like Yves Saint Laurent, Chanel and Max Mara, and was even chosen to wear the Fantasy Bra during the 2002 and the 2006 Victoria’s Secret Fashion Shows. And for anybody else looking for career success, Karolina is adamant that you should make the most of all the advice on offer.

“I feel like there’s not such a thing as the worst advice,” she told ABC News’ chief business, technology and economics correspondent, Rebecca Jarvis. “I think that every (piece of) advice, you learn something from and you grow from.”

“I always welcome people’s suggestions, advice, criticism, it’s really what you do with it,” she continued. “I think it’s important how it’s delivered to you…how it’s communicated, and then you use it or you don’t. Each decision will take you places, as long as you’re growing and you’re evolving…I think that’s important.”

In addition to modelling, the 34-year-old has also dabbled in film, worked with child welfare organisations and is also the founder of Gryph and IvyRose, a herbal care product line for children.

However, all her success may not have been possible if it wasn’t for her friend who sent photographs of Karolina to a modelling agency in Prague.

“Without telling me,” the fashion icon recalled. “First, my friend didn’t tell me that she’s going to send it to an agency, so I wanted to kill her. Second, I’m thinking, ‘Well, me and as a model? I mean they must be crazy. There’s no way I could be a model.'”

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Adriana Lima has taken up skateboarding to workout

Adriana Lima’s latest passion is skateboarding.The supermodel bowed out from her role as a Victoria’s Secret Angel at the 2018 Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show in November, but that doesn’t mean she’s slacking when it comes to her gruelling exercise regi…

Adriana Lima’s latest passion is skateboarding.

The supermodel bowed out from her role as a Victoria’s Secret Angel at the 2018 Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show in November, but that doesn’t mean she’s slacking when it comes to her gruelling exercise regime.

As a Puma ambassador, Adriana knows a thing or two about keeping fit, and she’s recently incorporated skateboarding into her exercise routine.

“I think I’m the type of person that I’m going to try everything. I want to go and do skateboard, I start doing it,” the 37-year-old told reporters at Teen Vogue. “Listen, I never tried skateboarding. I did, and I was good on the first time. I’m not joking. Don’t tell yourself that you cannot do something. You have to and try it and then from there, you make a decision.”

Adriana’s latest work for Puma sees her modelling the brand’s Mode XT sneaker, a lightweight shoe the Brazilian star insisted “you can just wear straight from the gym and out to go out with your friends”.

However, Adriana wasn’t always the pinnacle of fitness and had to start her journey somewhere.

For anyone else looking to get fit, she had some simple advice to share.

“How an athlete becomes athlete is all about their mindset,” she insisted. “That’s how everything is started. I believe anyone that creates that mentality for themselves, no matter what you do, can become an athlete. It’s just about the way you think.”

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Behati Prinsloo suffered postpartum depression after first baby

Behati Prinsloo struggled with postpartum depression after she gave birth to her first child.The Namibian model and her Maroon 5 frontman husband Adam Levine are parents to two daughters – Dusty Rose, two, and 10-month-old Gio Grace.Now, in a new inter…

Behati Prinsloo struggled with postpartum depression after she gave birth to her first child.

The Namibian model and her Maroon 5 frontman husband Adam Levine are parents to two daughters – Dusty Rose, two, and 10-month-old Gio Grace.

Now, in a new interview with PorterEdit, Behati has opened up about pregnancy and motherhood, and shared that she experienced a rough patch following the birth of Dusty in 2016.

“After my first baby, I had a little postpartum depression and it was difficult to get back into normal life, but after the second one everything felt so much easier; it was easier for me to workout, breastfeeding was easier,” she said.

Behati went on to explain that she “really liked” being pregnant and put no pressure on herself to dive straight back into work following the birth of each of her girls.

But she was thrilled to be invited to walk in the 2018 Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show in New York last November (18) and was amazed by how confident she felt on the catwalk at the lingerie spectacle.

“I did the Victoria’s Secret show eight months after I had Gio. I felt so empowered. I was like, ‘I can do this, I have two kids.’ It was a beautiful journey,” the 30-year-old commented.

Elsewhere in the chat, Behati spoke about how she has received support from her Victoria’s Secret pals, especially the models who are mothers.

She even has a group chat with Candice Swanepoel, who has two small boys, and Lily Aldridge, who shares six-year-old daughter Dixie with Kings of Leon rocker husband Caleb Followill, and is currently expecting her second child.

“I have a WhatsApp group with my best friends Candice Swanepoel and Lily Aldridge. Lily is pregnant at the moment, so me and Candice are constantly telling her what products to get… It’s so fun to have that friendship where you totally understand each other’s job, but you never talk about work,” she smiled. “It’s a mom thread!”

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Joan Smalls wants more brands to show ‘social responsibility’

Joan Smalls believes fashion has to do more to acknowledge its social responsibility.The supermodel has worked with top fashion houses such as Chanel, Prada and Gucci, and was previously a regular booking on the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show catwalk, …

Joan Smalls believes fashion has to do more to acknowledge its social responsibility.

The supermodel has worked with top fashion houses such as Chanel, Prada and Gucci, and was previously a regular booking on the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show catwalk, having featured in consecutive shows from 2011 and 2016. However, Joan admitted that there are still some improvements she’d like to see in the modelling industry.

“To have a social responsibility when deciding the message they put out to their consumers and not just do it because they are riding the wave of trends,” she explained to EmiratesWoman.com. “Also to have transparency in jobs/contracts – it has become much more than just showing up. There are so many variables that I think agencies should be more direct and honest in some instances.”

Though the fashion icon already possesses a long list of impressive achievements, she still continues to set goals for herself and looks at the bigger picture rather than aiming for short-term success.

“I am a big goal setter. It takes more time and patience but the outcome pays off,” she insisted. “The reward is worth the wait. And it teaches you determination. It’s extremely rewarding when you accomplish your long-term goal. It’s almost like a wish come true.”

And even though life as a model often comes with challenges and setbacks, the 30-year-old always remembers to give herself some words of self-encouragement when she needs it.

“Remember why you started,” she smiled. “And the hardships make me stronger. I take it one circumstance at a time. I continually remind myself that it will get better and whatever tough time I’m going through, it shall pass.”

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Kelsey Merritt swears by using aloe vera on her hair

Kelsey Merritt swears pure aloe vera gel is the best way to breathe life into dehydrated hair.The Filipino-American model rose to prominence in November (18), when she became the first woman from the Philippines to walk in the Victoria’s Secret Fashion…

Kelsey Merritt swears pure aloe vera gel is the best way to breathe life into dehydrated hair.

The Filipino-American model rose to prominence in November (18), when she became the first woman from the Philippines to walk in the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show.

Kelsey is now gearing up to make a splash in the fashion world, and has shared some of her go-to beauty tips in a video for Vogue.com, including the way she keeps her hair so shiny.

“(Aloe vera) is really great for your scalp and if you have dry hair. You can just get a piece, you can just extract the gel,” she demonstrated in the footage, adding that she will apply the gel to her locks the night before a big event. “I like mix it in my hand and rub it all over my scalp and the dry parts of my hair.”

Another one of Kelsey’s favourite natural products is coconut, and she will often put a little of the oil on her arms or any dry patches.

And rather than uses harsh scrubs on her lips, she simply takes a clean towel and brushes it over in order to gently exfoliate away any dead skin.

“I usually have really, really dry and chapped lips, and the trick I do is I put water and damp the towel, and I put it over my lips. I kinda use it to get the dry stuff out of my lips, and when I feel like my lips are really damp and just like plump, I put (on some) lip balm,” the 22-year-old said.

During the clip, Kelsey spoke about the minimalist make-up look she did for her Victoria’s Secret audition too, and explained that she only uses a little concealer to cover up and blemishes and a subtle layer of liquid foundation to even out her complexion.

“I love looking bronze and sun kissed, so I usually use a shade darker than my skin tone,” she said, before going on to note that she avoids using powder. “I don’t like hiding my freckles ’cause they’re my favourite part of my face…I like to keep it to look like skin and usually when I put powder it looks cakey on me.”

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