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Duckie Thot's Reaction to Landing the Victoria's Secret Fashion Show Will Warm Your Heart

The South Sudanese-Australian model will walk in this year's show and everyone's excited about it.

A video of South Sudanese-Australian model, Duckie Thot learning that she'll be walking in this year's Victoria's Secret runway show, has gone viral, and rightfully so—her reaction is super pure and heartwarming.

The in-demand model—who starred in Rihanna's Fenty Beauty campaign and made her runway debut last year at Kanye West's Yeezy S/S '17 show—shared a video on Twitter, showing her joyous reaction to learning the good news. "Words can't express how much this means to me, thank you Victoria's Secret for the opportunity of a lifetime. #VSFashionShow," she wrote.


Watch as the model beams with excitement and shares warm hugs with her team:

Folks on social media are beyond excited for the 22-year-old model as well.







Duckie follows in the footsteps of models like iconic South Sudanese-British model Alek Wek, Herieth Paul of Tanzania and Maria Borges, the Angolan model who made history in 2015 by becoming the first to rock an afro during a Victoria's Secret show. Nigerian model, Mayowa Nichols will also be walking in this year's show.

Last year, we listed Duckie as one of our top 11 African models to watch. Major congrats to her!

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Interview: The Awakening of Bas

We talk to Bas about The Messenger, Bobi Wine, Sudan, and the globalized body of Black pain.

The first thing you notice when you begin to listen to The Messenger—the new investigative documentary podcast following the rise of Ugandan singer, businessman and revolutionary political figure Bobi Wine—is Bas' rich, paced, and deeply-affecting storytelling voice.

Whether he is talking about Uganda's political landscape, painting a picture of Bobi Wine's childhood, or drawing parallels between the violence Black bodies face in America and the structural oppression Africans on the continent continue to endure at the hands of corrupt government administrations, there is no doubt that Bas (real name Abbas Hamad) has an intimate understanding of what he's talking about.

We speak via Zoom, myself in Lagos, and him in his home studio in Los Angeles where he spends most of his time writing as he cools off from recording the last episode of The Messenger. It's evident that the subject matter means a great deal to the 33-year-old Sudanese-American rapper, both as a Black man living in America and one with an African heritage he continues to maintain deep ties with. The conversation around Black bodies enduring various levels of violence is too urgent and present to ignore and this is why The Messenger is a timely and necessary cultural work.

Below, we talk with Bas aboutThe Messenger podcast, Black activism, growing up with parents who helped shape his political consciousness and the globalized body of Black pain.

This interview has been edited for length and clarity.

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