'Model Squad': Five-time Victoria's Secret veteran Devon Windsor talks her recent engagement and much more
Top model Devon Windsor sits for an exclusive interview and talks about her decade in the grilling fashion industry as E!'s 'Model Squad' premieres soon.
Forget glamor and competition, there's so much more to the modeling industry than what meets the eye. Who better than a squad of top models can give you a tour of the lavish fashion world almost exclusively? As E! nears the premiere of it’s newest docu-series ‘Model Squad,' we sit for an exclusive interview with a five-year veteran of the Victoria's Secret Fashion Show, Devon Windsor, who features alongside eight models for the reality series that takes us on an emotional journey of what it's really like to be a model.
Windsor has been in the industry for a decade now and she understands that having a "girl squad" is "super important" in the "cut-throat" non-stop fashion world. Why? Because "if you don't have somebody around you to pick you up when you're down or overwhelmed or upset because you didn't book the job you wanted then you're definitely not going to be happy and motivated," says the 24-year-old model. "You need those people around you to help you forget about bad news and help build you up," she adds.
Born and raised in St. Louis, Missouri, Windsor was an athletic student when growing up acing hockey, lacrosse and high jump. Fashion, however, was not in her cards. "I wasn't very fashionable," Windsor laughs. "I started to think about modeling when I was 14. I got scouted and I was like huh, I think this is kind of interesting." And as she pursued modeling, her first break came in 2013, when she booked Fashion Week for Prada walking the Spring/Summer 14 collection.
"It was a huge deal for me because I could have never in a million years imagined that I would be walking cool high fashion runway shows. After that, I got to do a bunch of amazing shows and shortly I got the Victoria Secret shows. It was everything I dreamed of and more," shares the recently engaged model.
Windsor, who has over a million followers on Instagram, has been in the public eye for a long time and recently her over-the-top proposal by her long-term boyfriend Johnny Barbara, was in the headlines for being too fantastical. The proposal that took place in June featured a private plane, a private beach, and a massive diamond ring. To top it all, Windsor thought she was off for a photo shoot in the Bahamas when all of a sudden she peeked out of the window and saw the words "MARRY ME"spelled out in the sand.
A glimpse of it was shared on Windsor's social media page, but unfortunately, we will not be seeing this particular proposal on the upcoming series. "Model Squad Season 1 was filmed last year at this time so we don't actually get to see the proposal," says Windsor. "However viewers will get to see me talk about my relationship and navigate through the struggles we face."
Now that we know that they've made it, what could be next? A wedding perhaps. But Windsor confirms that the wedding date has not been confirmed. "We have only been engaged for two months and we're still figuring out how do we go about it and where we want to have it," shares the model.
But in the next five years, the model sees herself married and with children. "I can't wait to be a mom. That's just been my life goal since I was a child because I love kids," she shares. " And career wise I have so many goals left. I want to try and build my brand outside of the modeling industry whether it be acting or hosting or even creating my own line. I would love to have my own line of products be it clothing or anything and do whatever I can lay my hands on," she adds.
Those of you who follow Windsor know that she's best friends with Olivia Culpo, the former Miss Universe, actress and one of the core casts of 'Model Squad,' so in the upcoming series you're going to get a clearer insight on their relationship. "Olivia and I have such have such hectic schedules that it is hard to make time for each other. Filming Model Squad was a guaranteed set time we got to be together," says the 5'11'' model. "Fans throughout the season will see how close we are whether it be matters about our boyfriends or in the modeling industry. We are very supportive of one another. She's trying to get more into actual modeling and is walking runway shows and doing photo shoots and I am trying to expand into her field of being just being known and booked as Devon," Windsor adds.
When it comes to other models including Daniela Braga, Hannah Ferguson, Ping Hue, Nadine Leopold, Olivia Culpo, Caroline Lowe, Ashley Moore and Shanina Shaik, Windsor knew everyone prior to filming but it wasn't like a "9 BFFs" situation. "Some girls were closer than others but after filming the series and spending time with them, I can say we got a lot closer," smiles Windsor.
With less than a week away from the premiere of the squad show, Windsor is most excited about the part where her fans will get to know her as a person. "People are only seeing a picture or a little video here and there, they don't know our real personality so I am looking forward for people to know how I feel about certain things or how my relationship is with my friends. People will also actually get to know me as a person, not just Devon as a model and this is what she looks like but also what does she think, what are her views and how does she feel about things."
Added to that, Windsor believes that there aren't any show like it on TV that aspiring models or even regular people can connect to. "There are modeling shows that are more competition based but this is actually a story about real life models," she clarifies. "I really hope we'll cover more intense topics and in the end, you will see us as friends who navigate together and support each other. There will be tears but I just hope that people will be able to relate to us and see what's it's really like," she concludes.
‘Model Squad’ premiers on September 4th at 8/7 CST on E!