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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

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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

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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

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