Iconic supermodel and television personality, Tyra Banks, has reflected thoughts on her model career as the first black Victoria’s Secret model on her Instagram page.
On Thursday, Tyra Banks shared a memory from her catwalk days to react on Instagram after Victoria’s Secret company’s rebranding announcement.
Victoria Secret has said it will no longer feature ‘Angels’ but instead will release a group of women that includes Megan Rapinoe, Priyanka Chopra Jonas, Valentina Sampaio, Eileen Gu, Paloma Elsesser, and more.
The 47-year-old model made a statement pointing out that she had been on the podium for the lingerie brand for years and was the first black model, showing her support for this rebranding.
Here’s what Tyra Bank said:
“First is crucial so that a door can be opened for others to fit through. Within a 10 year span starting in 1995, I was the first Black @VictoriasSecret contract model ever. The first Black Victoria’s Secret Cover model. The first Black VS model to do so many other groundbreaking things with the brand – as well as other brands.”
“But after a first, must come a flow of more. A flow of different. A flow of unique. A flow so strong, a flow of so many that we LOSE COUNT. I retired from the runway 16 years ago – and I’m proud that in my lifetime, I’m witnessing a beauty revolution. To the new collective of badass ROLE models, I may have cracked that door open, but y’all are charging through. Keep on keepin’ on until we all LOSE COUNT of how many are breaking through behind you. 💪🏽💛 #LetsLoseCount”
See the Instagram post below.