New Victoria’s Secret Angel faced discrimination as IVF baby

Victoria’s Secret just named Josephine Skriver as the newest Angel.

Photo: Instagram

Photo: Instagram

The 22-year-old Danish model, who re-posted the announcement on her Instagram account, has shared quite a bit about her background and upbringing over the years, including that she has been discriminated against for being born via IVF.

“Angel Jo” was to the camera born having posed as a baby for Pampers in her native Denmark. She has been in major campaigns from Tom Ford to Bulgari and has walked countless runways, but the Angel designation is a dream for any young model.

As her star has risen, she has become an outspoken advocate for the LGBTQ community. Several years ago in an interview with Buzzfeed, the model said she hoped to be a voice for children of gay parents.

Skriver was born to a gay, single mom who wanted children. Her mom advertised in a magazine for a gay couple or a gay man who wanted kids. She got five responses. After her mom bonded with the man who would become Skriver’s father, Skriver was conceived via IVF.

Danish people are more progressive about these things than Americans are, she says, so she didn’t face a lot of challenges growing up. Skriver also has a younger brother who has the same mom and dad.

In a recent story for Huffington post, Skriver shared her wish that she not be viewed as a “synthetic” human being because of the manner in which she was conceived.

“If you are someone who has judged me or anyone else on how we were born and conceived, on how we were brought up, or for any other reason, I am here to say that we feel just like you. We hurt just like you. We love just like you — and those feelings are not something that can be disregarded as “synthetic,” she wrote.

If I could ask for one thing, it would be to look at me as a “who” and not a “what.” I would request for everyone to get to know me and to have conversations with me. If you have the time, I would love for you to meet my parents, for I am sure they would brighten your life as I have witnessed them do for so many others.”

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Kit Wong
Kit Wong

Well, you should not share your IVF info with the whole world at the first place. Lesson learn for others, keep it to yourself.

Julie Kelly
Julie Kelly

Telling her to be quiet about it is dismissive of the real pain she feels inside, and it does nothing to prevent more people from being created this way and experiencing the same feelings.

Anna Kenney
Anna Kenney

She is lovely and her mom raised her to be confident in herself.

Christopher Hollis
Christopher Hollis

I hate to side with this. But if it isn't made natural. Take a diamond for example. Natural diamonds come from the earth. Synthetic diamonds are made in a lab. It's just something you'll have to live with.

Unsterblick Wikander
Unsterblick Wikander

That does have to screw a child up though growing up thinking that kind of behavior is ok

Kathryn Tucker
Kathryn Tucker

If she hid it, we wouldn't be here talking about it. Her being open is an attempt to change it... So I don't see why she shouldn't bring it up like this

Deborah Liberatore
Deborah Liberatore

people don't seem to mind that a lot of factory meat in conceived this way and they happily go about eating it...

Dianne Jenkins Buckner
Dianne Jenkins Buckner

No, she should not have to hide it but why does a person feel like everybody has to know their business and then get mad when people comment? People should keep their personal life private if they are in the public eye. Also, I would never thought of her or anybody being a "synthetic Human Being" until I read her comment.

Brittany P. Jones
Brittany P. Jones

I agree. Who would view her as a 'synthetic human being' if she didn't first label herself as such. Who would even Know??? No one! Its like today's generation just looks for ways/ reasons to get offended. There are actual injustices in this world......why create one for yourself?

Kevin Smith
Kevin Smith

No, you absolutely should not have to, but unfortunately that's the world we live in. Until we can do away with the ridiculousness that is bigotry and discrimination toward anything and everything, it's either speak out and accept the consequences or stay quiet and blend in.

Ashley Miles
Ashley Miles

I see your point, but you shouldn't have to keep quiet about things about yourself like being born via IVF because of fear of discrimination.

Kevin Smith
Kevin Smith

This will probably be taken the wrong way and I'm sure I'll receive a lot of hate responses but so be it... Any form of discrimination is positively despicable, and in most cases the person being discriminated against has no way of preventing it in the first place due to skin color, body type, religious adornments and practices, or any type of obvious physical trait. Fortunately for others, like her, who are adopted or born via IVF, and have no physical attributes to invite discrimination, the simple answer is to simply not share it if you're unsure of the consequences. There's a big difference between hiding who you are and choosing not to share with the world.