Victoria's Secret model Jasmine Tookes is fighting back against followers who accused her of bleaching her skin

By Julie Mazziotta
Updated November 21, 2016 11:49 AM

Jasmine Tookes will not stand for body shaming.

The Victoria’s Secret model fought back after some of her Instagram followers accused her of bleaching her skin to make it look lighter.

Tookes shared a video on Friday showing off the $3 million Fantasy Bra she’ll wear in two weeks at the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show, but fans were quick to remark on her skin’s appearance.

“How do you look so white?” asked one of her followers.

“Did you bleach your skin?” asked another.

“Exactly what I was thinking I think she bleached herself she used to look black,” another person wrote.

Tookes did not waste time in defending herself, commenting, “Are you kidding me!?!?!? Who in the world does that?”

“First of all. Lighting is everything and not to mention I’m way darker in the summer and much lighter towards the winter my skin tone changes all the time just like everyone else.”


Later that day Tookes took to Twitter to express how happy she is with her skin.

“Just CRAZY!!! I love my skin! It’s my favorite thing about myself,” she tweeted.

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And after the criticism cooled down, her fans followed up with their support.

“Don’t even respond to these haters,” said one.

“You are beautiful, don’t care about what they say,” added another.

In October Tookes won the honor of wearing the Fantasy Bra — an opportunity that goes to just one Victoria’s Secret model each year.

Credit: Courtesy of Victoria's Secret

“It’s crazy to me because I looked up so many supermodels growing up like Tyra Banks and Heidi Klum who wore this Fantasy Bra and I never thought that I would actually get the chance to wear it,” Tookes told PEOPLE. “It’s such a dream come true and I still don’t even feel like it’s real.”

She said she was particularly proud to wear the Fantasy Bra as an African-American model.

“I think it’s such a milestone for me because I am an African-American girl and there hasn’t been many in the past that have worn a Fantasy Bra,” Tookes said. “I think that’s a huge thing, and I am honored to be able to represent that for the brand.”