The season of #BlackGirlMagic is endless, but this year it's the gift that keeps on giving.
With Black women single-handedly saving New York Fashion Week to Rihanna launching a line of cosmetics that appeal to all shades of beauty, it only made sense that the Victoria's Secret Fashion Show finally opened their eyes to our melanated glory.
The VS Fashion Show has definitely evolved in many different ways since its inception in 1995 — this year the show took place in Shanghai! But we can't hide our excitement now that the show has become even more inclusive over the past few years. Last year, only seven women of color graced the iconic runway.
Not to mention, it was gratifying to see more natural hair than ever since model Maria Borges walked the runway with her beautiful 4C Afro last year.
"Victoria's Secret didn’t request for me to [wear my natural hair] — I requested to do that," Borges told Refinery29 earlier this summer. "I never thought that they’d accept it, but I’m glad they did."
Stunning! Honestly, who even cosigned that straight hair is everyone's "fantasy"?! We certainly didn't.
Plus, 27-year-old Lais Ribeiro strutted down the catwalk in the $2 million dollar Champagne Nights Fantasy bra. The bra is adorned with diamonds, yellow sapphires and blue topaz in 18-karat gold. It has more than 600 carats and was exclusively designed by jeweler Mouawad for Victoria’s Secret.
The moral of this story? We are beautiful and we cannot be ignored. It's that simple! It's refreshing to see that a big brand like Victoria's Secret is acknowledging that.
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