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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Alessandra Ambrosio: ‘Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show always felt like beginning of Christmas’

Alessandra Ambrosio was sad the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show was cancelled because it always felt like the beginning of Christmas.The 38-year-old Brazilian beauty walked the runway for the famous lingerie brand 17 times before she retired after the 2…

Alessandra Ambrosio was sad the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show was cancelled because it always felt like the beginning of Christmas.

The 38-year-old Brazilian beauty walked the runway for the famous lingerie brand 17 times before she retired after the 2017 edition of the Fashion Show, which traditionally takes place in November.

However, when it was confirmed that the show would not be returning this year, Alessandra was disappointed as for her, it meant that the festive season had well and truly begun.

“We had such a good time,” she told People.com. “For us, it was like the beginning of Christmas. Because just before Christmas, there was the Victoria’s Secret show.”

The mother-of-two told the outlet that the women she shared the runway with, such as Adriana Lima, Behati Prinsloo, Candice Swanepoel, Elsa Hosk and Shanina Shaik, were like family, and she used to hold viewing parties.

“That’s what I miss the most, working with them” Alessandra sadly shared. “When the show aired on TV, I used to gather all my friends and have a pyjama party. It was always fun and very Christmas-y, so I’ll miss that, for sure.”

And when it comes to staying fit during the festive season, the model confessed that before it was easy, because she relied on getting in shape for the Victoria’s Secret show, so she’s now having to plan plenty of outdoor workouts at her home in Los Angeles to maintain her figure.

“I just got a new big dog and she requires a lot of walks, so I take her on big hikes in L.A. and that keeps me fit. For New Year’s, I get to go to Brazil and so that helps too – a lot of swimming, being in the water and being on the beach,” she said.

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Barbara Palvin ‘disappointed’ by cancellation of 2019 Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show

Barbara Palvin was “very disappointed” when she heard the 2019 Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show had been cancelled.The Hungarian model was first cast in one of the U.S. lingerie brand’s presentations back in 2012 but didn’t appear in a show again until t…

Barbara Palvin was “very disappointed” when she heard the 2019 Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show had been cancelled.

The Hungarian model was first cast in one of the U.S. lingerie brand’s presentations back in 2012 but didn’t appear in a show again until the 2018 event.

Earlier this year, Victoria’s Secret bosses promoted Barbara to Angel status, and in a new interview with U.K. Harper’s Bazaar, she explained that she was a little sad to learn the annual show had been canned as it would have been the first time she was able to wear her angel wings.

“I was very disappointed,” the 26-year-old told the publication, before adding: “But (the company leaders) know what they’re doing, and I trust the process. I feel like the world is changing around us, and everyone needs to go with it, and that’s their way of doing it.”

After months of speculation about the future of the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show, executives at L Brands, the label’s parent company, announced last month that the event will not happen this year.

In recent years, Victoria’s Secret has been hit by the growth of contemporary underwear labels like Third Love, Aerie, and Rihanna’s Savage X Fenty, while bosses have also been accused of failing to embrace diversity and inclusivity in its marketing imagery and shows.

And during a recent chat on the TODAY Show, former Victoria’s Secret Angel Karlie Kloss argued that it is time for the brand to undergo a major transformation.

“I think it’s a reflection of the world we live in today,” she said of the cancellation. “And, you know, consumers demand that brands are inclusive and body positive and sustainable. And I think brands have to evolve.”

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Karlie Kloss: ‘It’s time for Victoria’s Secret to evolve’

Karlie Kloss wasn’t surprised when she learned executives were cancelling the 2019 Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show.After months of speculation about the annual spectacle, bosses at L Brands, the parent company of the U.S. lingerie label, announced last …

Karlie Kloss wasn’t surprised when she learned executives were cancelling the 2019 Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show.

After months of speculation about the annual spectacle, bosses at L Brands, the parent company of the U.S. lingerie label, announced last month that the event will not happen this year.

During a recent chat on the TODAY Show, former Victoria’s Secret Angel Karlie was asked for her thoughts on the decision, and she explained that she believes it is time for the brand to undergo a major transformation.

“I think it’s a reflection of the world we live in today,” she said. “And, you know, consumers demand that brands are inclusive and body positive and sustainable. And I think brands have to evolve.”

In recent years, Victoria’s Secret has been hit by the growth of contemporary underwear labels like Third Love, Aerie, and Rihanna’s Savage X Fenty, while company leaders have also been accused of failing to embrace diversity and inclusivity in its marketing imagery and shows.

And while Karlie is “grateful for the opportunities” she had while working with the brand from 2011 until 2017, she was “ready to move on” by the end of her contract.

At present, the blonde beauty is focused on her role as a host and judge on fashion design competition show Project Runway.

“This has been a great new role being the host of Project Runway and this is my second time doing it,” the 27-year-old smiled. “And I feel a lot more confident…For me, I was new to get, you know, used to it from being on the runway to being the host of Project Runway. And I have had so much fun.”

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Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show officially cancelled for 2019

Executives have confirmed the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show has been cancelled for 2019.After months of speculation about the annual spectacle, bosses at L Brands, the parent company of the U.S lingerie label, announced during a call with financial an…

Executives have confirmed the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show has been cancelled for 2019.

After months of speculation about the annual spectacle, bosses at L Brands, the parent company of the U.S lingerie label, announced during a call with financial analysts on Thursday that the event will not happen this year.

“As communicated previously, we think it’s important to evolve the marketing of Victoria’s Secret, that is happening in certain respects now and I think there will be more to come,” explained L Brands’ chief financial officer Stuart Burgdoerfer. “And with that said, we’re figuring out how to advance the positioning of the brand and best communicate that to customers.”

The Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show has been held each year since 1995 to showcase the brand’s lingerie and sleepwear offerings.

Top models, including Lily Aldridge, Elsa Hosk, Jasmine Tookes, Karlie Kloss, Taylor Hill, as well as Bella and Gigi Hadid, have participated in recent events. However, the 2018 show, held in New York City, had the lowest TV ratings since its inception – causing leaders at the company to rethink the concept.

In a memo sent to employees in May, Les Wexner, chief executive officer of L Brands, indicated that the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show would no longer be broadcast on network TV.

“In 2019 and beyond, we’re focusing on developing exciting and dynamic content and a new kind of event – delivered to our customers on platforms that she’s glued to … and in ways that will push the boundaries of fashion in the global digital age,” he commented.

Earlier this week, Victoria’s Secret posted another quarter of declining sales. The brand has been hit by the growth of contemporary underwear labels like Third Love, Aerie, and Rihanna’s Savage X Fenty, while company leaders have also been accused of failing to embrace diversity and inclusivity in its marketing imagery and shows.

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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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