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Sophia Girau made history this year by becoming the first Victoria’s Secret model to have Down Syndrome.
The 25-year-old revealed on Instagram in February that she, along with 17 other women, had joined the fashion house for its new campaign, the Love Cloud collection.
“I can finally tell you my big secret,” the Puerto Rican native captioned her post.
The model told Fox News Digital that she was “very happy and very grateful” for breaking barriers.
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“When I see a picture of myself [for the first time], jumped with excitement,” she said. This experience changed my life. I am now able to motivate people to make their dreams come true.It is also my dream to inspire others so I am very grateful. “
Raul Martinez, Chief Creative Director of Victoria’s Secret, said in a statement that the Love Cloud collection is a “key moment in the evolution of the brand.”
From the incredible women who bring the collection to life, to the incredibly inclusive spirit on set, this campaign is a vital part of the new Victoria’s Secret Standard we’re creating. “
Victoria’s Secret was founded by Roy Larson-Raymond in the late 70s after he became embarrassed about buying lingerie for his wife. Lex Wexner, the founder of his Limited Stores Inc. at the time, acquired Victoria’s Secret in 1982 and turned it into a powerhouse retailer. By the mid-’90s, Victoria’s Secret lit up the runways and then flooded the internet with its supermodels and annual TV specials mixing fashion, beauty and music.
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Sales plummeted as they were unable to adapt to changing tastes. The annual show was canceled in 2019 amid growing concerns about the brand’s marketing strategy. It also faced increased competition from rival brands such as Adore Me and ThirdLove. These brands are actively marketing themselves on social media platforms. In 2020, L Brands announced it had sold her 55% stake in Victoria’s Secret for approximately $525 million. They also revealed that Wexner, 84, is stepping down from his role as chairman and CEO of L Brands.
After Hulu released a three-part documentary series titled “Victoria’s Secret: Angels and Demons” that focused on Wexner earlier this year, a spokesperson told Fox News Digital that since its revamp as a company in 2021, said the brand was evolving.
“The company featured in this documentary is not a reflection of Victoria’s Secret & Co today. ,” read their statement. “Today, we are proud to be a different company with a new leadership team and a mission to welcome, celebrate and advocate for all women. It’s a place where you feel valued.”
In 2019, Jirau started his career in Puerto Rico. She made her modeling debut at New York Fashion Week in 2020.
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“Ever since I was little, I always said I wanted to be a model,” Jirau said. It’s really important to inspire people, and that’s a privilege I have…I work hard to make my dreams come true.”
“I go to the gym every weekday,” she continued. “At home, I also try to eat very healthy. I’m having a sweet day. But willpower is very important. Yourself.”
Girau claimed that she had never been discouraged from pursuing a modeling career.After modeling for Marisa Santiago on NYFW, she was determined to find work and showcase her talents on set. made it even stronger.
“I want to say to everyone in my community who has Down syndrome that you can find a job,” she shared. “You can dream big. There are no limits.” The key is to get out of bed, put your phone aside, and work hard. [never] I was discouraged as a model because I can achieve everything. We have to put our fears aside and just do it. Everything is possible, even if people tell you no. “
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Jirau has garnered support from followers who have continued to support her since the campaign was announced.
“A lot of people stopped me when I tried to take pictures on the street,” she said. “And I love it. I love taking pictures with people and getting to know my followers. I love chatting with them. If you want to be a model, contact me and I’ll teach you.” together we can do it..”
Jirau said she’s just getting started. She has launched her own line called Alavett, which sells mugs, purses, T-her shirts, phone cases and more. Named after how Jirau spells her favorite phrase, “I love it,” the brand features her signature heart graffiti.
“I’m an entrepreneur,” she said. “And I love it! I tell everyone to follow their passion. Practice a lot and never stop. With movement, attitude and confidence, you can achieve it. increase.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.