When Winnie Harlow hits the Victoria’s Secret runway for the first time tonight, she’ll make history. As the first model with vitiligo to join VS’s cast of Angels, Winnie’s appearance is a step toward diversifying a runway that’s been notoriously limited in its representation of women. And, that’s not lost on the model and activist. Of her inclusion in the 2018 show, Winnie told People:
“It means the world to me. Victoria’s Secret might be the biggest show there is because of how many people are able to watch it around the world, so to be a part of diversifying the Victoria’s Secret Angel landscape is a true honor that I’m so proud of. Any step towards a truly equal and diverse modeling industry is great, but for a huge brand like Victoria’s Secret to include me as a model with vitiligo is a huge step to normalizing it in the entire industry. I’m glad to be the first, but part of me is also sad that there weren’t any before me and I hope that there are many more in the future. We need to work towards diversity, not for the sake of it, but to make it the norm. And I hope this is a big step toward that.”
Agreed. We’re all here for Winnie’s wings and this moment on the runway, but here’s hoping it inspires progress, change, and inclusion throughout the industry and on this stage going forward.
Read on to see Winnie gearing up for the show backstage and prepare to cheer with us all when she makes her way down that runway for the very first time.