As a mannequin, activist and businesswoman at simply 26 years outdated, Leomie Anderson is clearly fascinated by staying busy.
After strolling in 4 Victoria’s Secret vogue exhibits, Leomie has lastly earned her wings, and we have been ecstatic for her new alternative. Along with her newfound place, Leomie is hoping to achieve a wider viewers of younger girls and present them which you can be unapologetically your self and nonetheless succeed.
The British born supermodel has spent her profession being outspoken about variety and inclusion. She was found strolling house from faculty at 14 and walked within the Marc Jacobs runway present when she was simply 17 years outdated. As a mannequin with over a decade-long profession, all the highs and lows have helped put together her for this pivotal second.
Leomie says, “I feel having a profession spanning 11 years to date, I’ve seen loads and seen how not being humble and appreciative of individuals and alternatives will be your downfall. So, I attempt my finest to remain according to my work ethic and I attempt to keep right down to earth and permit folks to evaluate me primarily based on my work ethic and persona. I consider due to that, I’m ready for this function. As a result of issues don’t get simpler from right here. That is the time to work even tougher and to be a fair higher function mannequin to younger girls. To point out them which you can be a Victoria’s Secret Angel and a businesswoman, a public speaker and extra and have a persona too!”
Leomie hopes to encourage the subsequent era of Black fashions to embrace their Blackness and be themselves wholeheartedly.
She says, “Your Blackness is your reward, not your hindrance. Be unapologetically your self in each room you stroll into and personal your voice, pores and skin tone and story as a result of it’s what’s going to make you profitable.”
The dialog surrounding the biases within the modeling business is ongoing. Nonetheless, the runway vet is unbothered and reiterates that the important thing to longevity within the enterprise is being unapologetically your self. Fashions like Naomi Campbell, Tyra Banks and Grace Jones shattered ceilings within the contentious business. So, as a pacesetter within the new wave of Black fashions, Leomie will proceed to be a voice for her group. She welcomes the problem and is elated that the subsequent era of ladies appears to her for perception.
“Truthfully, I don’t really feel strain. I really feel very proud that folks see me in that manner. I’ve at all times been vocal concerning the experiences of the Black mannequin within the business and after I began. It’s not as a result of somebody pressured me. It was as a result of I used to be keen about shedding gentle on the difficulty, and this hasn’t modified. I’m grateful for the chance to assist the group with my voice, so I don’t really feel strain over it in any respect.”
Leomie continues to interrupt limitations as greater than only a mannequin. She began her firm, LAPP, again in 2016 to provide younger girls an outlet to put in writing opinion items on subjects that matter most to her, together with politics, social reform and her experiences as a Black mannequin. LAPP additionally has a merch line that options fashionable athleisure kinds in addition to witty, political assertion tees.
As a VS Angel, she will get to stroll within the footsteps of the likes of OG VS supermodels akin to Tyra Banks.
Leomie is worked up to characterize the long-lasting firm bringing a unique voice saying, “I hope that folks bear in mind me as an Angel who confirmed her persona and in addition introduced a unique voice to Victoria’s Secret.”
She additionally appears ahead to representing the model in methods like by no means earlier than, saying, “Being an Angel permits me to journey all year long representing the model in quite a lot of other ways, not simply the runway. For instance, I’ll be part of a panel in London [on] the 15th of Could celebrating unbelievable girls alongside the launch for the bra which I wouldn’t have carried out if I wasn’t an Angel!”
The 5-foot-10 magnificence is at present on tour selling Victoria’s Secret newest Unimaginable bra.
It is the “most snug bra,” Leomie says, as a result of “…the underwire is padded with foam, that means you possibly can’t really feel it at all- it nearly feels wi-fi however you continue to have that hidden help. I additionally love the truth that you possibly can swap up the straps, so it’s mainly two bras in a single!”
An incredible buddy to BET, Leomie is trying ahead to attending the BET Awards this yr. However she’s much more excited to proceed engaged on her LAPP model and says that there are huge issues coming, so ensure to remain tuned.
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