Model Victoria Michaels is the only black model for designer Luisa Beccaria to reach the runway at the 2019 Milan Fashion Week.
Nevertheless, the international model that is signed to a South African modeling agency,’ Boss Model,’ said when she auditioned for the show, the designer initially rejected her in 2018.
Recounting the event on’ The Gist’ on JoyNews with MzGee, she said it was exciting to get the chance, but she did not let the initial negative reaction from the fashion brand come to her.
She was the only black model picked among the more than 300 black models who auditioned to reach the Milan runway.
“This season after I did my first fitting my booker calls me again and say they want you to come and do a second fitting, I was surprised because I thought the first outfit, I fitted was perfect. I think the head designer liked it. I didn’t know why they called me for a second fitting,” Victoria Michaels said.
She explained that when she went in for her second fitting the designer insisted, she wears something more glamorous for her second fitting.
“I was so surprised. She wanted us to wear the same piece on the same day on the show. I was so surprised because if they are not interested, they do not even look your way,” she added.
Victoria, an award-winning model, a philanthropist and CEO of the Africa Literacy Development Initiative, revealed that she was not overwhelmed at the Milan Fashion Week by her feat as the only black model.
“I was fulfilled because I wasn’t the only black model who cast for that show, I can say for the fact that we had 300 or 400 black models, if not more who cast for that show. So when my booker called me that the client has the option you for the show, ‘I said no ooo’ you kidding me what are you telling me right now,” she added.