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Model Jasmine Tookes Has Stretch Marks in Unretouched Victoria's Secret Photo

Jasmine Tookes recently made headlines when Victoria's Secret announced she'll be modeling the brand's infamous Fantasy Bra during the VS Fashion Show in Paris later this year. The 24-year-old supermodel will be the first black woman to wear the $3 million coveted garment in nearly a decade, and she couldn't be more excited.

 

Words can not express my excitement for this day. I have been waiting 5 months to share this amazing news with you! As a little girl every year I would sit and watch the vsfs and would always say to myself and my family one day I will be up there. I worked my ass off to be able to accomplish that goal and that dream came true 5 years ago. Never in a million years did I imagine myself wearing a 3 million dollar fantasy bra. It blows my mind that I am joining a list of women(Tyra, Gisele & Heidi) who I have looked up to my whole life and it is truly an honor to follow in their footsteps. It is also a milestone for Victoria's Secret to have a woman of color wearing the bra this year because there have only been two in the past & I am so happy to represent that for the brand and women out there. I hope that I can be as much of an inspiration to young girls as these girls were for me. Every time I see this video I begin to cry... this truly means the world to me and it is proof that with hard work, dedication & a positive attitude that you can accomplish anything you want in your life. @ed_razek I don't know how many more times I can thank you but I'm going to be saying it again and again for a very long time THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU.. You have made my childhood dreams come true over and over again. I still pinch myself everyday!!!! The day this was announced you really got me I was so overwhelmed with emotion and love from my whole VS family. I love you all so much!!! Also, a huge thank you to all my girls and @imgmodels @sbermood For being the most supportive and loving people out there. I couldn't do this without you all!! Thanks again to @ed_razek, Monica Mitro & everyone at Victoria's Secret for giving me your constant support!!!!

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"It is...a milestone for Victoria's Secret to have a woman of color wearing the bra this year because there have only been two in the past & I am so happy to represent that for the brand and women out there," she wrote in a heartfelt Instagram post.

"I hope that I can be as much of an inspiration to young girls as these girls were for me. ... This truly means the world to me and it is proof that with hard work, dedication & a positive attitude that you can accomplish anything you want in your life."

Last week, Victoria's Secret released a series of unretouched images that showed off a glimpse of the dazzling bra along with another unexpected surprise: stretch marks on Tookes' upper thigh.

Jasmine Tookes modeling Fantasy Bra with strech marks

via Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty

These photos come on the heels of a recent debate about how much Photoshop is too much (Read: Kendall Jenner and Gigi Hadid Don't Have Knees in New Photoshop Fail). Victoria's Secret, in particular, is known for its overtly photoshopped images, making these unretouched images an especially welcome change.

Jasmine Tookes modeling Fantasy Bra

via Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty

It's empowering to know that even Victoria's Secret Angels have their "flaws" — giving us more reason to celebrate their undeniable beauty.

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