Thousands of arms flew up into the air, and the hands of eager Virginia Tech students waved in unison at two people standing on the Drillfield: Elsa Hosk and Jessica Hart. The blond bombshells of the Victoria’s Secret PINK clothing line stood there somewhat unfazed by the amount of attention they were receiving. But with smiles on their faces, they were clearly just as enthusiastic as their audience to be in Blacksburg.
Both women started their careers in the modeling industry at a young age. Hosk, who was born in Sweden, has worked for the likes of Dior and Dolce & Gabbana, while the Australian native, Hart, has been featured in prestigious magazines like Sports Illustrated. However, their journey with stardom eventually brought them together where they now work for Victoria’s Secret.
The Collegiate Times had the opportunity to speak with these friendly ladies about their thoughts on the PINK Nation Collegiate Showdown, and their world before walking the catwalk.
CT: So, are you guys excited to be here?
I am really excited!
: So excited — this is so cool. I mean this must be really exciting for everyone.
These lines — it’s amazing!
It’s like joined up behind us I think. And no wonder they won the votes; look at how many people there are. And they must be really happy to have us. We’re so excited to be here.
CT: Have you guys attended other PINK parties before?
Elsa has, but this is my first PINK party; this is a really good first party.
I’ve done a bunch and we’re really excited to have Jess on the team. (The PINK party) is always a lot of fun. You know everyone get’s excited, and today is a sunny day and we can be happier. It’s perfect.
CT: What was your first reaction when you heard that Tech won?
It’s always exciting to see who wins because it’s always the college who wants it the most.
And then that always makes it more fun for us to come.
Yeah, because we know there will be a great response. It’s just so cool that so many people voted — and congratulations!
It’s such a beautiful campus too, by the way. It’s so sunny. I was so surprised when I walked in, because I’ve never seen it before. It’s amazing and it’s really beautiful — very cool.
CT: How did you guys get into modeling in general, and then eventually with Victoria’s Secret PINK?
Well I think that … I started working for PINK a couple years ago, and I think it was always a goal that I had and my agent (had). I wanted to do Victoria’s Secret and we worked hard to get there. And I saw them and went to casting, I tried out, and I’ve been with them ever since.
I started modeling when I was 14. But this is the type of job that you really work toward. And after 10 years it’s great to be here and working for them. They’re such a great company.
I started at 14 as well — yeah, early.
CT: How is this environment different from the one you work in right now?
Well I was saying to Jess when we got off the airplane that it’s just so nice to be here. The air is fresh, we saw the mountains around and it’s just gorgeous. This is why I do my job: so I get out of the city.
But we also just arrived mid day and have only been here for four hours. So we haven’t had a good chance to see the good parts of town, which is a shame because we have to get out really early tomorrow morning.
CT: Obviously your schedule is really busy. Where are you guys off to next?
New York. Fashion Week is still on.
CT: What is the day in the life of a model like?
All days are different, but I don’t know … I don’t think it looks like your typical worker. But if I’m in New York it looks pretty normal. I go and have breakfast, I go to work, I go workout, and I might have dinner with some friends or just stay in.
The only difference is that we change clothes many times during the day. We have to put on like 25 different outfits, and I don’t think anybody else in the world has to do that. I’m getting good at changing really quickly.
CT: But that must be fun being able to wear so many different things.
It’s awesome working for PINK because everything is so comfortable, like the yoga pants and the college pants.
CT: So what were you guys like when you were in school?