I remember the first time I got Victoria’s Secret like it was yesterday. The days leading up to the casting I would practice my walk everyday and watched every single show that I could find on youtube (they have literally had the best performers every single year). Walking into the casting was really surreal, pills seeing the likes of Joan Smalls looking radiant as well as other new hopefuls all hoping to be picked for the biggest show on Earth; I was so nervous but knew that it was a do or die situation. I would either eat my nerves and go in and show them my personality or I would let doubt consume me.
When my booker called me a few days later to tell me I had gotten the show I cried my eyes out and naturally tried to call my mum, click who of course, didn’t answer her phone for another six hours- I couldn’t believe I had gotten it! What was funny to me was the fact that after I got it, when I was interviewed about it, I was always asked questions along the lines of “Did you feel pressure to work out to compete with other girls” “Have you heard any stories of bitchiness backstage” and I would always internally roll my eyes- why is it that when a group of women get together, people assume that we try to drag each other down? Why is it that women are always pitted against each other?
Read the rest of my piece and see never before seen backstage pictures of last years show on my personal blog here !
Written by Leomie Anderson