Winnie Harlow craved doughnuts during Victoria's Secret prep
Winnie Harlow was counting down the days until she could eat doughnuts while she was preparing to walk for Victoria's Secret.
The model was over the moon when she was cast in the lingerie brand's annual event, and walked alongside the likes of Gigi Hadid, Kendall Jenner and Candice Swanepoel when the 2018 Victoria's Secret Fashion Show took place in New York earlier this month (08Nov18). It's no secret that the models involved are required to undergo an intense diet and fitness regime in the lead up to the show, and Winnie was delighted when she was able to eat junk food again.
"Yeah, I posted (on Instagram) the day after (the show) a picture of a Snickers bar: 'I haven't had one of these in five months'," she recalled during an interview with Vanity Fair. "I think it's really hard in the beginning and at the end (...) At the end, it's been so long and coming down to the time where (you think), 'In three weeks I can have a doughnut.'"
Though Winnie's appearance marked the first time Victoria's Secret had cast a model with the skin condition vitiligo, the brand has received plenty of criticism over the lack of diverse body sizes on its catwalk, with chief marketing officer Ed Razek causing further controversy when he told American Vogue that he didn't believe transgender models were appropriate for the underwear label's show. However, Winnie is adamant that fashion bosses must continue to keep pushing more inclusivity.
"I think we just need to keep focused on taking steps forward," she said. "In life, we're always gonna take steps forward, and then, sometimes we take steps back. It's the same thing with diversity and colour and all these types of things. We have to keep on making these steps forward to move forward for diversity."
The 2018 Victoria's Secret Fashion Show will air on U.S. TV on 2 December.
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