Victoria Secret Model Jasmine Tookes Caribbean Roots

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Jasmine Tookes made a major statement at the 2016 Victoria Secrets fashion show in Paris. There was no doubt she dazzled in the USD 3 million Victoria’s Secret Fantasy bra made of 450 carats of diamonds and a bodice constructed from more than 27,000 Swarovski crystals but few knew that as this Angel walked the Paris runway on Dec. 5, 2016, her roots ran deep to the West Indies. Tookes was only the third woman of color to wear the fantasy bra.

Jasmine Tookes West Indian roots come from her dad, Sean Tookes. However, she was raised by her mother, celebrity fashion stylist, Cary Robinson. Robinson and Tookes moved to California where Jasmine was born but things reportedly fell apart between the couple and Sean Tookes, a musician, then moved to Georgia, leaving Jasmine behind in California with her mom. Tookes has revealed that her grandmother is from Barbados.

Jasmine, who claims mixed ancestry – African, European, Brazilian and West Indian – did gymnastics for ten years and was also active in volleyball and softball before she became a model at about the age of 15.

Tookes, now 25, was discovered at one of her mother’s photo shoots at only age 15. As she once told Vogue: “I was always on shoots with her, and every time I’d visit her on set, someone would say, ‘She should be a model.’ So we took their advice, and I met with agencies in L.A. Her first shoot was for Abercrombie & Fitch and her first commercial ad campaigns were in 2010 for Ugg boots and Gap. Before breaking out on the international scene, she booked a Spring 2011 DKNY campaign and a layout in Vogue Italia.

She first walked in the annual Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show in 2012. She has also has walked in shows for Burberry, Stella McCartney, Yves Saint Laurent and Prada and starred in campaigns for Jimmy Choo, Ralph Lauren and DKNY. Her networth today is put at USD 5 million. She claims mixed ancestry – African, European, Brazilian and West Indian – did gymnastics for ten years and was also active in volleyball and softball before she became a model at about the age of 15.

Source: News Americas