Many black models have turned heads in the runway. In fact, a lot of these beautiful women of color have walked in one of the most celebrated fashion shows in the world, the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show. This fan favorite runway show launched the career of many Angels.
Here are our most favorite black models who reigned the catwalk.
- Tyra Banks – At age 15, she began her modeling career and went on to become the first African-American woman to be featured on the cover of GQ and Sports Illustrated. She first walked the runway of Victoria’s Secret in 1996 and earned the spot of the world’s top-earning models.
Aside from modeling, she became an actress, host, producer, and businesswoman. She created the reality show, America’s Next Top Model.
- Naomi Campbell – Campbell is perhaps the most famous black model. She is a British model and rose as one of the most recognized and influential models during the 80’s and 90’s. Before she turned 16, her face was already on the cover of the British magazine, Elle.
She also appeared on the cover of Vogue in the US where she became the first black model to grace the cover of the September issue which is the biggest issue. Campbell became a part of the Trinity, a trio formed with two other powerful models, Linda Evangelista and Christy Turlington. They were considered the hottest and most in-demand models during their generation.
She became the face of numerous commercial brands and walked the catwalk for many years. Her first appearance in the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show was in 1996.
- Jasmine Tookes – This California babe started her modeling career for Abercrombie & Fitch. She also walked the runway for Marc Jacobs, Tom Ford, and Dolce & Gabbana. Tookes became a model for the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show in 2012 and three years later became a Victoria’s Secret Angel.
In 2016, she wore a $3 million bra for the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show. Her youthful look and gorgeous height paved way for her success in the modeling world.
- Chanel Iman – Iman was born in Georgia with a mix of African-American and part Korean descent. With her exotic features, she had no trouble landing various types of modeling jobs. At the early age of 13, she was booked by Ford Models and won 3rd place in the Ford’s Supermodel of the World competition.
She became the face and campaign of several brands including DKNY, Ralph Lauren, Yves Saint Laurent, and Allure to name a few. In 2010, she was recruited as a Victoria’s Secret Angel.
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