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Victoria’s Secret 2017: The Best Of The Black Models Who Graced The Show

Herieth Paul

By Kimani Judy, BMRA Ambassador & Contributor

This year’s Victoria’s Secret edition went down in Shanghai, China.

The main aim is to tap into the burgeoning Chinese fashion economy. The event took place at the Mercedes Benz arena. The theme was pink, glitter and more pink, focusing on sportswear and nightwear.

The occasion was one of its kind. Usual models like Gigi Hadid, Behati Presloo and Kendall Jenner were nowhere to be seen and a lot of new faces were spotted and more importantly plenty of melanin was served.

The inclusion of black models in the show speaks volumes to young black girls all over the world who feel that some jobs or dreams are not achievable. Here’s a quick summary of the black models that owned the runway and are on their way to being angels.

Grace Bol

Grace Bol
In her pink custom Victoria Secret robe.


Grace Bol
With Balmain Creative Director Olivier Rousteing

She started her modeling at age 19, when she was scouted at a mall in Kansas City, Missouri. Her family had relocated to the USA from South Sudan when she was just a child. Grace has a number of agencies representing her i.e. New York (The Lions), Paris (Oui management), London (Core Artist Management) etc. Bol is all the black girl magic we needed and so much more for the Victoria Secret.


Grace Bol
Grace at the after party of the Victoria secret show 2017

Herieth Paul

Herieth Paul

The Tanzanian model joined the list of the few African models that have made it to Victoria Secret Fashion Show. She has worked with various agencies in New York (Women Management), London (Elite London), Paris (Women Management) etc., since the tender age of 15, before finally strutting the Victoria Secret runway.


Herieth Paul
Herieth with her fellow angels backstage at the Victoria’s Secret show

Amilna Estevao

Almina Estevao

Amilna has already made her mark in the fashion world at only 18 years, by walking for one of the world’s biggest and exclusive fashion house. The beauty hails from Angola, and was discovered at 14 years when she starred in elite model look contest and won the competition in Luanda, Angola. She has worked with other agencies apart from Elite Paris, Elite London i.e. The Society Management New York.

Almina Estevao
Amilna showcasing her lingerie piece at the Victoria Secret runway.



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