In 2017, Josie Canseco tried out for the Victoria’s Secret present for the primary time — however her runway audition was lower than good.
“I had one job, and that was to stroll. I couldn’t even do this!” she mentioned, remembering how she snagged her heel on a carpet and tripped. “I laughed it off, although. I’m actually good at laughing at myself.”
Whereas she didn’t make the reduce, the upbeat blond mannequin — the daughter of controversial former Main League Baseball participant Jose Canseco — impressed present executives sufficient to get a shot on the 2018 lingerie parade, which airs Sunday on ABC.
For this 12 months’s audition, the 22-year-old got here armed with extra bodily and emotional endurance, which was useful throughout one significantly lengthy callback when she and the opposite fashions had been stored ready for 4 hours.
As an alternative of being irritated, Josie felt anointed.
“I used to be honored to be sitting there with all these women. Everybody was so excited and rooting for one another and smacking one another’s butts. I used to be like, ‘I’ll sit right here ceaselessly,’” she mentioned.
She burst into tears when her agent informed her she was formally on the roster. The newly minted VS mannequin then referred to as her mom, her boyfriend and, lastly, her father.
Again within the 1980s and early ’90s, her Cuban-born dad, Jose Canseco, was one of many largest stars of Main League Baseball, amassing accolades like American League Rookie of the 12 months in 1986 and AL MVP in 1988 — a 12 months earlier than his group, the Oakland A’s, gained the World Sequence. He was a six-time All-Star and such a prolific dwelling run hitter that he and teammate Mark McGwire earned the nickname “Bash Brothers.”
He additionally had a bad-boy rep off the sector, having been arrested for reckless driving, weapons possession, home violence towards Josie’s mother (his then-wife, Jessica), aggravated battery in a bar battle and probation violations. The previous outfielder retired in 2003, a pair years after he barely performed for the Yankees throughout what he referred to as “the worst time of my life.”
Issues solely went downhill from there. In his 2005 memoir “Juiced,” he notoriously admitted taking steroids and outed different gamers, together with McGwire, for doing in order nicely. After its publication, Jose claimed to have acquired demise threats. In 2008, he misplaced his Encino, California, dwelling to foreclosures. That very same 12 months, he was sentenced to 12 months’ probation on a drug cost. In 2012, he declared chapter. At this time, he lives in Las Vegas and continues to sporadically play for unbiased league groups.
“I like my dad and I’m pleased with the place I come from,” Josie mentioned. “Rising up, there was lots of strain to reside as much as sure expectations and cash as if I used to be wealthy and stuff. It was a little bit of a façade. I didn’t need folks to know the battle as a result of it was out of my energy — for instance, the chapter or [times] he was arrested.”
The one little one of Jose and beauty tattoo artist Jessica Canseco, who had been married from 1996 till 1999, Josie was raised in Los Angeles. A skilled dancer, she attended a performing-arts faculty and casually took up modeling as a younger teen, posing for manufacturers like Kohl’s and Hollister. When she turned 17, she signed with Subsequent Fashions, which despatched her to New York Metropolis. When she moved, her father dished out monetary recommendation.
“It’s public information my dad was up and down financially,” she recalled. “He was like, ‘Josie, I’m telling you, don’t blow all of your cash and assume you want a [pricey] bag.’”
Initially, she lived in a cramped mannequin condo.
“Quite a lot of fashions say you aren’t an actual mannequin except you’ve lived in a mannequin condo with six or seven women,” mentioned Josie.
“[Inevitably,] there are some women are doing medication, some are cooking fish at 7 a.m., stinking up the entire place, and there are cigarettes. You haven’t any privateness, which is hard. But it surely’s how I needed to begin.”
Round that point, she discovered a grounding affect: rapper Mike Stud, né Michael Seander, whom she met on the Los Angeles lounge On the Rox.
Seander, now 30, graduated from Duke and Georgetown and, like Josie’s father, performed baseball, albeit on the school stage.
“He’s so good and intriguing,” Josie mentioned of her boyfriend. “He provides me a way of motivation and ambition.” In October, the pair celebrated her 22nd birthday vacationing within the Bahamas.
“That is, [I’m] 99 % [sure], the man I’m going to finish up being with for the remainder of my life, which is loopy to consider as a result of we’ve been collectively since I’m 18,” she added.
However earlier than marriage, Josie has extra to accomplish.
“I believe having an American Vogue cowl can be unimaginable,” mentioned the mannequin, who has already walked the runway for style manufacturers Kith and Moschino. After bouncing between New York and Los Angeles for the previous couple of years, she’ll quickly be renting an condo full time in Gotham. This time, she gained’t be sharing it with a bunch of fashions, however she embraces her salad days.
“I’m so grateful for every part I went via,” she mentioned. “We be taught from the hardships.”