The new Victoria’s Secret Fantasy Bra Angel, Jasmine Tookes, is more than just a fabulous face and body. The 25-year old model from California wants to break body barriers and body prejudices in the fashion world. Tookes’ inspiration is the remarkable, Tyra Banks.
Jasmine Tookes Wants to Break Body Barriers
Tookes, of course, has a lovely body and works hard to maintain it. But she isn’t conscious of the natural flaws of her body. Recently, Victoria’s Secret introduced Jasmine Tookes as the Fantasy Bra model in a photo shoot. Up close in some snaps, the model’s cellulite marks in her inner thighs could be seen. But neither Tookes nor the brand made any attempts to hide it, implicitly supporting the “anti-Photoshop” revolution.
Another incident where Jasmine Tookes advocated the “body positive” movement, was when she defended herself on Instagram. The dark-skinned model was accused of skin bleaching. But she nullified the rumors by blaming the photo shoot lighting and the weather change, adding that she loves her complexion.
The African-American model feels overwhelmed as the third black woman—after Selita Ebanks and Tyra Banks—to be the showstopper of the coveted lingerie fashion show. Every year Victoria’s Secret designs a special bra which is the highlight of the event and one lucky Angel gets to showcase it on the show. This year Jasmine Tookes would be modeling the Fantasy Bra which is made from 9,000 gemstones. The model has been doing specific back-strengthening to carry the weight of it since the announcement.
Here are a few things to know about VS Angel, Jasmine Tookes:
- She did fast-pitch softball before joining the modeling world
- Her diet consists of proteins and vitamins and eats a lot of fruits, vegetable, and chicken
- Her role model is Tyra Banks and says that she used to imitate her each time she saw the veteran model on screen
- She was discovered at the age of 15 and did her first show in 2012; since then she has walked in shows for Burberry, Prada, Yves Saint Laurent, Stella McCartney, etc.
- She has a diverse ethnic background of African, Brazilian, European and West Indian
- Her secret to her flawless complexion is to rub ice on her face before going to bed
- Her boyfriend is Tobias Sorebsen, who is also a model and is the face in the popular fragrance ads for Calvin Klein’s Eternity Now
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