Winnie Harlow announced in an Instagram post Saturday that one of her life-long dreams has come true — she’ll be walking for Victoria’s Secret in November.
When announcing the achievement on Instagram, Winnie described how nervous she was when attending the Victoria’s Secret casting. “I had a break down before i walked into the most nerve wrecking casting of my life. I asked my driver to go around the block twice before i could walk into the @VictoriasSecret offices so i could re coup, and remember (while my trainer @bodybymato reminded me on the phone through sobs – thank you lol) how hard I’ve been working!,” the model wrote. However, in an exclusive interview with Vogue, Harlow indicated that when it came time to flaunt her talents, it came naturally.
Since appearing on America’s Next Top Model in 2014, Harlow has cultivated an unapologetic social presence and has regularly walked for coveted fashion houses across the world. As a body-positive activist, she has spoken openly of her vitiligo, a skin condition that causes pigmentation loss in certain patches of the skin. Winnie declared that it has been her dream to walk for Victoria’s Secret and the 5.5 million viewers the show has amassed. “Why is there a stigma around being different when we’re all different?” Harlow said. “It’s the pinnacle of my career…I told anyone [who] asked, ‘I want Victoria’s Secret!’”
Last year, Harlow was absent from the show in Shanghai, leading many fans to question her exclusion and offer words of encouragement. “When I didn’t get it, I was really, really crushed,” she said. Her previous attempt to cross the threshold has made this year’s accomplishment that much more significant.
After finding out she had been cast in the lineup, Harlow broke down in tears. As the first model with vitiligo to grace the Victoria’s Secret runway, not only is she achieving a momentous professional victory, she’s proving to women everywhere that different is the best kind of beautiful.
Peep Winnie’s reaction to finding out the great news via the post below.
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I had a break down before i walked into the most nerve wrecking casting of my life. I asked my driver to go around the block twice before i could walk into the @VictoriasSecret offices so i could re coup, and remember (while my trainer @bodybymato reminded me on the phone through sobs – thank you lol) how hard I’ve been working! I went in and made new friends and saw old friends and it already felt like home! We patiently waited while @ed_razek @johndavidpfeiffer @monica.mitro @10magazine carefully took time to get to know each girl. When it was finally my time, within my nervous storm of anticipation i changed into a black Victoria Secret set and stepped out!!!! I spoke to them about Jamaica, @nick_knight , my abs, and how i was beyond honoured to be given the opportunity to try out.. then I walked for my life!!!! I can’t believe this!! Thank you for giving me all the energy and kindness in that room! Thank you for allowing me to walk for VICTORIA’S SECRET! Thank you to my agencies @firstaccessent @womenmanagementnyc @women_paris @thesquadmanagement my pr @remibrb my agent @mannyuk and mama bears #sarahstennett & @thelilmisse for having my back supporting and believing in me! I love you guys you’re FAMILY!! Thank you mommy for praying with me everyday for the past 3 days. And thank you so much to my fans who have been pushing me forward to this point in my career. I’m so blessed thank you Lord!! IM WALKING THE VICTORIA’S SECRET SHOW! Thank you Vogue for the exclusive interview ?????