"Be the change you want to see in the world." ~Mahatma Gandhi

26 July 2013

VSFS 2012: Jasmine Tookes & Shanina Shaik (Backstage)

You really get to see which Victoria's Secret models are true friends by reviewing the runway backstage photos. Some of these photos are taken by the models' personal camera phones and really help capture some genuine friendship moments between some of the models. Many photos were taken of American model Jasmine Tookes with Australian model Shanina Shaik backstage which is usually an indication that these two models not only work together but have a genuine camaraderie.

Friendships are precious when they are genuine especially between two women since jealousy, insecurities and envy often prevent such friendships from flourishing. To be a successful Victoria's Secret model, one must not let jealousy and envy control them and must always maintain a high level of self-confidence. You may not always be the prettiest, the smartest or the most popular in the room. Without confidence, feelings become fragile and a sense of defeat begins to show in every gesture and movement the model makes.

Successful models believe in themselves no matter what the situation is and understand what their unique gifts are. Two models with a high level of self-confidence create magical bonds when they "click" and it is a beautiful thing to capture and witness. Both Jasmine and Shanina exude confidence and I loved seeing them walk in the 2012 Victoria's Secret fashion show as well as seeing them photographed together and separately backstage.

Unfortunately, female friendships can be disheartening. As I have learned over the years, female camaraderie is best when the love and adoration is reciprocated evenly and fairly. Many females continue in one-sided relationships with not only female friends but also female relatives because they don't take the time to see that the love and adoration is not being returned on the same level or at the same pace. Paying attention to this imbalance early in the relationship can save many women from heartache and grief. It is one thing to be heart-broken over a guy that cheated on you (you will get over it) ... but it is an entirely different devastation to love a sister, female relative or a female friend who does not return the love back (very difficult to get over). The sooner you are able to ascertain the difference between a real friend versus one that is just stringing you along or perhaps smiling in your face and talking behind your back, the better off you will be. Nobody wants to be made a fool of.

VSFS 2012: Jasmine Tookes & Shanina Shaik (Backstage)

14 July 2013

VSFS 2012: Jasmine Tookes (Angels in Bloom)

VSFS 2012: Jasmine Tookes (Angels in Bloom)

African American model Jasmine Tookes is a nice addition to the sexy group of Victoria's Secret runway models. I have never seen this model before, but I bet that I will be seeing a lot more of her after her spectacular runway moment in the Angels in Bloom segment of the 2012 Victoria's Secret runway show.

Her outfit was absolutely adorable and a perfect look for her. She is super pretty with a nice dark complexion that we just don't see often in the world of Victoria's Secret models.

Chanel Iman replacement possibly ... uhm, perhaps! And I am loving it!

07 July 2013

VSFS 2012: Erin Heatherton (Calendar Girls)

VSFS 2012: Erin Heatherton (Calendar Girls)

There have been many Victoria's Secret Fashion Show "lost a shoe" moments but I believe this is the first Victoria's Secret Fashion Show "lost a hat" moment. Poor Erin Heatherton ... she has not opened very many VSFS segments and to open the Calendar Girls segment without her cute little hat to complete the look of her lingerie costume is simply disheartening. Especially when the stage backdrop displayed a drawing of her complete lingerie costume WITH the adorable hat representing the month of January while she walked out on the runway.

Not only did I think that there were too many "lost a shoe" moments in previous VS fashion shows, but apparently Victoria's Secret thought so as well. For 2012, they went above and beyond by hiring the well-respected shoe fashion designer Nicholas Kirkwood to create the shoes for the lovely models to wear to coordinate with the theme of each lingerie costume. Nicholas Kirkwood surely rose to the occasion and the shoes were not only fabulous in design but were perfect as far as ease of wear and functionality. No shoe mishaps for 2012.

Seems as if so much attention was paid on correcting what has been the show's weakest moments that not enough attention was paid on making sure that the hats fit securely as well.

Not sure if Erin could hide her disappointment as she hesitated to even enter the stage. Oh well ... the show must go on! And it did!