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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