On October 26th, Victoria’s Secret PINK launched their University of Michigan branded gear which is currently available at The M Den located on the campus of the University of Michigan.
This past Thursday PINK Spokesmodel Zuri Tibby made an in-store appearance and I had a chance to chat with her about her favorite pieces from the collection and what life is like as a model.
Victoria’s Secret PINK is a spirited lifestyle brand dedicated to the independent collegiate girl. The new collection includes co-branded hoodies, tees, leggings, tanks, shorts and more.
Check out what Zuri had to say below.
Can you tell me a little about yourself?
I’m Zuri, I’m 22, I’m from West Palm Beach Florida and this is my first time in Michigan.
What do you think of Michigan so far?
I like it. This is such a beautiful campus and they did such a good job with the new merchandise and setup of everything, it looks like a real PINK store.
What are some of your favorite pieces from the collection?
One of my favorite pieces is definitely the one I’m wearing, I love the crew neck sweater with the detailed writing with the satin and I love the sports bra that says hail on it (it’s really cool) and those fun slippers.
How long have you been modeling?
I’ve been modeling for 4 years now.
How did you get into modeling?
I was at the mall walking around and my Mother Agency came up to me and asked if I wanted to model. I said sure, I took a card, we had a meeting and that was it.
What are some of the different things that you’ve experienced since you’ve been modeling?
Traveling, experiencing new cultures like going to different countries, meeting new people and also being an adult. It helps you to grow up a lot, I’m learning a lot of new responsibilities, I have a dog now, I moved out and I living by myself.
What are some of your favorite places to visit?
I love Italy in general, my favorite city in Italy has to be Rome because it’s so beautiful and the food is really nice. I love California, like LA is really nice and Miami, even though I’m from Florida it’s still really fun for me.
Who are some of your favorite models?
I love Elsa Hosk, she did PINK before she was an Angel so that’s why I really like her. I love Adriana Lima, Candice Swanepoel, all the Angels are my favorite models.
Have you had a chance to meet any of the “old school” models?
I met Tyra Banks and she’s amazing, she’s been my idol since I was a little kid, I grew up watching America’s Next Top Model.
What advice would you give to young girls that want to model?
Don’t take rejection seriously, work really hard, be passionate about it. Do what you love doing and stick to it.
Have you found anything to be challenging since you started modeling?
I would say not seeing my family a lot, but I make time for them when I can.
Do you spend a lot of time on the road?
No, just living in New York and my family is all in Florida so I don’t get to go home that often. That’s probably the hardest part.
I read that you’re the first black spokesmodel for PINK, how does it feel?
It feels really good because it’s a brand that really includes everyone. Every person should see people that look like them in advertisements and stuff like that. I think the industry as a whole is changing and being more inclusive to everyone, Diversity is something that is definitely needed.
What do you plan to do after PINK?
I want to do beauty stuff, I have a YouTube channel I’m going to start up again and get back into.
To show your Michigan spirit with the PINK collegiate collection, make sure to visit The M Den located on the campus of the University of Michigan.