Let me just get straight to the point. The 2016 Victoria’s Secret Fashion in Paris premiered last night. And if you are like me, then you completely LOST YOUR SHIT. Please excuse my French, no pun intended. But I have been an avid VS fan since I was 11 years old. I have watched this runway every single year since like it was a national holiday. But about last night…
Let’s just say that ALL OF THE BLACK GIRL MAGIC was in attendance last night!
First of all, out of 51 models, there was a total of 12 Black models in this year’s show! Now I don’t know this for a fact, but I am pretty sure form my previous observations and obsessions that this is the largest amount of melanin to ever see a VS runway in any year.
In addition, history was made yet again on the natural hair front! You may (and should) remember that last year was the first year that VS allowed a model with natural hair to grace the glittered catwalk: Maria Borges. Now last year was not Maria’s first year walking; she wore the typical beach wave tracks that everyone else wore. But as of 2015, they allowed her to let her natural hair be free. It was the best thing ever.
This year for the 2016 show, VS topped itself by having not one but four models set their natural curls free. Maria Borges as well as VS newbies Herieth Paul, Jourdana Phillips, and Alanna Arrington joined “Team Natural Angels” this year. Just seeing them was so miraculous, I was beyond myself. Here’s to hoping for some twist outs, locs, and maybe even box braids next year!
And let me not forget to mention the absolutely gorgeous Jasmine Tookes, one of our two current Black VS Angels, was chosen to rock this year’s fantasy bra, valued at over 3 million dollars! This is such an honor. Especially since out of the only five Black VS Angels of all time, she is the third to be able to rock the fantasy bra. The other two were Tyra Banks in 1997 and 2004, and Selita Ebanks in 2007.
Lastly I would like to give an honorable mention to the fact that there was also 5 Asian models this year, also a new record! You have Kelly Gale who is half Indian, and also Liu Wen, Ming Xi, Sui He, and Xiao Wen Ju who are all Chinese models.
Here’s my final little treat for you, a slideshow! Every single black model that walked in the 2016 Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show… (Warning: watching this slideshow will put you at risk of melanin overload. Proceed with caution!)
How did you like the show? Did all of the Black Girl Magic give you life? Who was your favorite model, your favorite look, your favorite, your favorite performer? Leave a comment below!
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