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Grazia flies to New York to join Gigi, Bella and Kendall for the wokest Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show in history
What we learned from Winnie Harlow at the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show; why the Burberry campaign is giving us all the festive feels; the influencers using their social media voices for change; the first Muslim women elected to US Congress; and why we can’t get enough of travel YouTuber-turned-rapper Haifa Beseisso’s new video
SHOWING THAT IT DOESN’T EXIST in a Swarovski crystal-strewn bubble – as an estimated 114 million American voters cast ballots in the first midterms of the Trump presidency, leading to more women being elected than at any point in US history – Victoria’s Secret put on its most ethnically diverse, and comparatively modest show to date.
In the light of the #MeToo movement, models shared messages of female empowerment before the show, including Taylor Hill insisting, “It was never about men,” while the show opened with models storming the runway in on-trend tartan with Braveheart overtones to American soul singer Leela James belting out This is Me from The Greatest Showman, backed by a gospel choir as an undeniable display of strength.
Embracing the mood on the Fashion Week runways in
New York, London, Milan and Paris, Winnie Harlow was front and centre of the new, more enlightened approach to the annual extravaganza, including a collaboration by the thinking woman’s favourite fashion designer Mary Katrantzou. Winnie was among 60 catwalk stars flying the flag for diversity, including Muslim model Shanina Shaik and 37-year-old mother-of-two Adriana Lima in her final show after 19 years. “It means so much that the industry’s changing, that so many people are being represented, and more people in the world can see themselves represented on runways, on covers and on TV,” Winnie tells Grazia backstage at Pier 94 in New York hours before the show. “With all the inclusivity in general this year, there are so many girls of different shades, colours, sizes and skin tones, it’s really legendary already, but being able to have so many more people watching the show see themselves on the runway is epic.”
By casting the first model with vitiligo in the show, Victoria’s Secret is sending out a strong message about subverting traditional standards of beauty. “I have this theory that if everyone was in their own world by themselves, or if everyone was born on their own island by themselves, no one would have any insecurities because they wouldn’t have anything to compare themselves to. So I feel you have to stop thinking of other people’s opinions, and what other people think is beautiful, and focus on your own visions of beauty. I think it’s coming back to realisation that your opinion matters the most.” We couldn’t agree more.
Gigi Hadid returns to the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show after a one-year hiatus Winnie Harlow told Grazia we should all focus on our own visions of beauty