Tyra Banks took to the streets of social media to reflect on being the first Black Victoria’s Secret cover model.
Tyra’s walk down memory lane was prompted by the company’s announcement of a rebrand that will lay their signature “Angels” to rest as they move forward with their “VS Collective” of diverse women as the brand’s new representatives.
In a lengthy post on her Instagram page, Tyra Banks wrote:
First is hard. First is lonely. But first is necessary.
First is crucial so that a door can be opened for others to fit through. Within a 10 year span starting in 1995, I was the first Black @VictoriasSecretcontract model ever.
The first Black Victoria’s Secret Cover model. The first Black VS model to do so many other groundbreaking things with the brand – as well as other brands. But after a first, must come a flow of more. A flow of different. A flow of unique. A flow so strong, a flow of so many that we LOSE COUNT. I retired from the runway 16 years ago – and I’m proud that in my lifetime, I’m witnessing a beauty revolution.
To the new collective of badass ROLE models, I may have cracked that door open, but y’all are charging through. Keep on keepin’ on until we all LOSE COUNT of how many are breaking through behind you. 💪🏽💛 #LetsLoseCount
See her original post below.
Let’s go, Tyra “Ground-Breaking” Banks!
The first women to join the “VS Collective” are professional soccer star Megan Rapinoe, actress Priyanka Chopra Jonas and LGBTQ model and activist Valentina Sampaio, the first transgender model to be featured in the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue.