Joining the ranks of Jesinta Franklin and Jess Gomes is a new Australian supermodel –meet Victoria Lee! Fresh off the Victoria’s Secret runway, the 26-year-old has just signed on as an ambassador for David Jones and is set to star in the brand’s 2018 campaigns.
Raised in Narrandera in country New South Wales, Victoria’s career is on the rise, she's already modeled for international brands such as DKNY, Ralph Lauren and Vivienne Westwood.
InStyle Australia caught up with Lee on her return from Shanghai. Here, she reveals how she stays in shape, her everyday wardrobe staples and what really happens backstage at the VS fashion show...
InStyle: How does it feel to be a David Jones ambassador?
Victoria Lee: David Jones is such an iconic, loved and trusted Australian brand. I grew up shopping in the stores, and looking up to previous ambassadors. To join the David Jones family is such an honour and something I am so excited about.
What was it like walking in the Victoria’s Secret fashion show?
Such a wonderful and surreal experience! The excitement, anticipation and energy backstage is incredible.
Can you share any secrets from backstage? How many hours were you in hair and make-up?
I was in hair and makeup for about ninety minutes. In total the hair and makeup teams had about seven hours to get all of us ready. It’s a fairly tight space and it’s easy to be hit on the head with a wing–you have to be careful not to damage them or lose an eye!
What’s your most recent fashion splurge?
A pair of beautiful Manolo Blahnik slides.
What’s your everyday beauty regimen?
I just splash cold water on my skin in the morning and apply a small amount of This Works Stress Check Face Oil ($80; asos.com/au). It depends on how my skin is feeling but I don’t usually cleanse in the morning. I don’t want to strip my skin of the natural oils too often. Out of the shower I spray some mist toner before I apply my moisturizer - ASAP Daily Defence SPF 50+ ($38.50; facialco.com.au) and follow that with any make up - usually just concealer, some cream blush and a little mascara.
In the evening I remove makeup with Bioderma Sensibio H2O Micelle Solution ($20.99; priceline.com.au). I’ll gently cleanse with Asap Daily Facial Cleanser ($49; adorebeauty.com.au) and out of the shower, tone and moisturise with Bare Minerals Butter Drench Face Cream ($55; mecca.com.au). I also apply Mario Badescu Hyaluronic Eye Cream (26; mecca.com.au.
What’s your secret to feeling confident?
Having a positive attitude and mind set and not being too hard on yourself.
What’s your everyday uniform?
High waisted Levi 501’s. A simple t-shirt or button down and sneakers or cute flats.
Describe your personal style in one word…
Effortless yet put together (...that’s more than one!)
The biggest fashion mistake I’ve made is…..
Oversized blouses that enter pirate sleeve territory!
What's your current Instagram obsession?
Puppy instagrams. I waste far too much time on @retrieverpuppies
What's your current workout regimen?
I’ve always been active and love to exercise, so I train 5-6 days a week depending on my schedule. If I’m in NYC I love dance work outs and train at Body By Simone. When I’m in Australia I go for a walk on the Bondi to Bronte or a class at Lean Bean Fitness. I always travel with my runners, skipping rope and exercise band, so I can keep active on the go.
What does your day on a plate look like?
It depends on my day, but generally consists of a lot of protein, healthy fats, greens and quality carbohydrates.
I love eggs for breakfast with avocado. A salad of greens and vegetables with some kind of protein (usually chicken or fish) with avocado, nuts or a homemade dressing for healthy fats. I’ll add Quinoa or brown rice for sustained energy. Dinner is usually a stir fry, veggies with poached salmon or chicken or sometimes scrambled eggs if I can’t be bothered cooking!
For snacks I’ll have fruit, nuts or a healthy banana bread. Always super simple but healthy, nourishing and tasty! And there’s always room for some chocolate or a treat in there.