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    Leomie Anderson Is Now An Angel And Here's Why It's A Major Deal, Even To People Who DGAF About Victoria's Secret

    "Mate I am still in shock... this is something I was even scared to dream about because I never thought it would come true."

    See this face? It's the EXACT same face I made this morning when I learned that Leomie Anderson is now a Victoria's Secret Angel, making her the fashion and beauty brand's first-ever black Brit spokesmodel.

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    "Mate I am still in shock," the 26-year-old wrote on Instagram. "This is something I was even scared to dream about because I never thought it would come true but I am insanely excited to announce that I am Victoria’s Secret’s newest ANGEL!!"

    Leomie's journey to becoming an Angel is actually pretty damn inspiring. The runway model had always wanted to walk the Victoria's Secret fashion show, but wasn't cast until her third attempt back in 2015.

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    Leomie at the 2016 Victoria's Secret fashion show.

    “It was my third casting, and when I came in I said, 'Third time's a charm — I didn't install this weave for nothing!" she told Vogue. "That lightened the mood a bit. I figured I'll just show my personality, and if they like it, they like it; if they don’t, they don't. It paid off in the end."

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    Her second look at the 2016 Victoria's Secret fashion show. Hiiii Lady Gaga!!!

    OK, so I know I already said this, but I'mma say it again, cuz impact: LEOMIE ANDERSON IS THE FIRST BLACK BRITISH VS ANGEL!!! And, if we're keeping it all the way real, she's the first dark-skinned Angel, too.

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    Her third look at the 2016 Victoria's Secret fashion show. Oh look! It's the Weeknd!

    She's also only the SIXTH black model to become a Victoria's Secret Angel since the brand launched the spokesmodel structure back in 1997.

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    (For context, there have been 40 Angels.) Leomie at the 2017 Victoria's Secret fashion show.

    "I feel like the industry has a long way to go when it comes to representing different ethnicities, but I have seen a few changes in the fashion and beauty world," Leomie told BuzzFeed in a 2017 interview.

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    Her second (and my all-time FAVE!) look at the 2017 Victoria's Secret fashion show.

    She also celebrated how fellow black models Herieth Paul and Maria Borges had just become the faces of Maybelline and L'Oréal, respectively. "It means when little black girls go to drugstores they’ll be able to see someone that looks like them," she explained.

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    Her look at the 2018 Victoria's Secret fashion show.

    When she's not shutting down runways worldwide or being the face of major makeup brands like Fenty Beauty and Pat McGrath, Leomie is running LAPP, a clothing brand and social platform that provides a safe space for girls and young women to talk about any and everything.

    “I just want [LAPP] to be real because we live in a very superficial time, especially for young people," she told BuzzFeed.

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    "I wanted to do something inspiring and different for young women to look up to. In this social media age, young people have a lot of people to look up to, YouTubers and influencers, and I want to create something where real women give real advice and real stories."


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