"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)