After all, by becoming an Angel, the Rihanna-endorsed 26-year-old is officially following in the footsteps of supers like Iman and Heidi Klum. (Not to mention ushering in the brand's new, more diverse era. ) But it isn't lost on Anderson that there's a deeper significance to the title, too: She's now the sixth black model to have joined the ranks of the 40 Angels that Victoria's Secret has appointed since introducing the role in 1997.
Not that she hasn't been enjoying herself in the meantime: "I'm living the life! " she enthused on the phone from Miami, where she was celebrating the launch of Victoria's Secret's new Incredible Bra.
Well, I was having a really bad day at work, and Travis, my agent, texted me asking when I was going to be home, and I was like, "Why do you want to know so badly? " Once I got to my building, he and my booker Jodie were standing there, so I was like, "Okay, maybe something bad is happening—maybe you’re going to drop me. " Then once I got into my apartment, and they were like, "What’s something you’ve been really working towards, and working really hard for? ," I didn’t know what to say—I was still trying to gauge the situation.
I used to watch those women, like Naomi Campbell doing her walk, and think, "Wow, there is a space for someone like me in fashion. " And to be the first black British Angel and first Jamaican as well?
In early April, Leomie Anderson posted an Instagram announcing that she had become a Victoria's Secret Angel, which Bella Hadid, Jourdan Dunn, and more than 43,000 other people have liked since.
A gray jumpsuit from my brand LAPP—I wear it pretty much every day, and I helped design it as well—with my Victoria's Secret embellished logo bra, because those diamonds give you a little kira kira. [Laughs. ] It's popping.
I've been modeling for 11 years now, so to finally get a big contract, and for it to be with a team of people I’ve worked with, and I actually enjoy working with as well, is a dream come true. Not at all. I had no idea. I had no inkling.