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Tyra Banks Shares Uplifting Message For New Victoria’s Secret Icons

So you may’ve heard….Victoria’s Secret is dropping its iconic Angels and rebranding with celebrity activists, athletes and artists as their models instead.

The move, which will see the likes of soccer star and women’s rights advocate Megan Rapinoe as well as actress and UNICEF Ambassador Priyanka Chopra fronting the new “VS Collective,” has been generally well received given the brand has long been criticised for it’s not-so-inclusive representation of women.

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And now, former Victoria’s Secret angel herself, Tyra Banks, has shared her thoughts on the move by the lingerie giant – and she’s calling it a “beauty revolution.”

The media star took to Instagram to describe her own experience of breaking down barriers:

 

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“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,” she begins in her post to her 6.7 million followers.

“Within a 10-year span starting in 1995, I was the first Black Victoria’s Secret contract 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 of strong, a flow of so many that we LOSE COUNT,” she continues.

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“”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.”

New faces of the brand also include model and refugee advocate Adut Akech, as well as transgender model Valentina Sampaio.

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According to a statement released by Victoria’s Secret this week, the brand now plans to “create new associate programs, revolutionary product collections, compelling and inspiring content and rally support for causes vital to women.”

They’re also setting up a Global Fund for Women’s Cancers to support “innovative research projects aimed at progressing treatments and cures for women’s cancers and investing in the next generation of women scientists who represent the diverse population they serve.”

(Feature Image Credit: Kathy Hutchins/Shutterstock.com)

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