Jasmine Tookes was one of three women of color to make Forbes’ highest-paid models list for 2016 (Joan Smalls and Liu Wen were the other two). Yesterday, Victoria’s Secret announced that Tookes would join another bittersweet trio. On December 5, 2016, the model will be the third black woman in Victoria’s Secret history to wear its iconic Fantasy Bra on the runway. She follows in the stiletto-clad footsteps of Tyra Banks (1997) and Selita Ebanks (2007).
Every ten years or so, a model of color is given this honor. While a 9:1 ratio may seem grim to some, Tookes prefers to look on the bright side: “I feel like it’s such a milestone for Victoria’s Secret to have a woman of color wearing the Fantasy Bra, because there’s only been two in the past, and the last one was almost 10 years ago,” she told Fashionista. “It’s major, and I think it’s awesome I get to represent that.” (more…)