With the 2017Victoria’s Secret Runway Show happening in Shanghai slated to be the largest ever staged, VS angels chosen to walk the coveted runway this year are building up the excitement with minute by minute twitter, facebook and IG updates. Here’s the funny thing about the annual Victoria’s Secret gig. As captivating as the lingerie, bejeweled Fantasy Bras and guest star performances season after season may be, it is really the bevy of wing-bearing VS models with their dazzling smiles, perfectly tousled manes and lithe bodies who lured us to sit glued to the tv screen during CBS LIVE Broadcast of the annual fashion extravaganza.
“You don’t get a free pass to this show, you don’t get in because you are somebody, you get in because you earned it.”— Ed Razek, senior creative @Victoria’s Secret who decide who’s in who’s out.
When it comes to beauty perfection from head to toe, the VS models are indeed in a league of their own. While it’s arguable that youth is on the side for newly minted junior angels, veterans like Adriana Lima who would be walking the runway for the 18thtime this year, and a handful from the exclusive alumni, obviously know a trick or two about looking good. Here’s a round-up of the 5 most iconic VS supermodels who’ve donned those infamous pink satin robes, strapped on those wings and strutted down the runway from beginning to now, giving us a hint on how to look as close to heavenly perfection as one can be.
Angel Veronica Webb— Highlight your personal best
Actress, writer, television personality and ex-90s supermodel Veronica Webb was right there in the beginning when it first started, one of the first models to be signed by the lingerie powerhouse way back in 1995. Taking roots as a small humble underwear presentation at The Plaza in NYC, the Victoria’s Secret Runway Show had since metamorphosed into one of the world’s biggest fashion spectacle, boasting a multi-million-dollar budget that most designers’ brands would kill to have. Looking closer to 30 than her actual age of 50, ex-Angel Veronica looks like she’s ever-ready to reprise her role at a snap of the fingers though her wing-bearing days were left far behind. Adding beauty editor (AS IF Magazine) to her impressive resume, Veronica is a living example to her own beauty mantra, and has more than a handful of extra beauty tips to dispense. Notably, she believes in highlighting one’s best asset, enhancing the feature and letting it shine through.
“For me, it’s my skin. I actually skipped all other makeup except a little foundation most of the time. For you, it could be your skin, eyes, lips or cheekbones. But whatever you feel it is, play that one feature up to the hilt! Trust me: Less is very often so much more.”— Veronica Webb
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Angel Heidi Klum— Incorporate fitness into your everyday life
German supermodel turned successful television personality and show producer, Heidi Klum, was an all-time favorite VS angel who stole the limelight every single one of the 11 times she walked the runway,before retiring her wings for good in 2010.Besides being chosen not once, twice but thrice as the ambassador to showcase the crown jewel of the show, the Fantasy Bra, Hedi gave us many memorable moments in VS history, including a spectacular costume reveal that transformed her into a giant snowflake, and a super PDA moment of a live duet with then spouse, Seal.
“ I pretend that it’s bikini season all year as I run along my favorite route in NYC. It’s a beautiful path, and you always feel surrounded by such an amazing community, seeing the same people running every morning, and they inspire me to keep going. That and knowing there is a Starbucks coffee at the end of the route.” — Heidi Klum
Even as her feathered wings gathered dust as the years roll past, Heidi at 44 remains as a perennial fave when it comes to celebrities’ red carpet spotting from LA to Cannes. While it’s expected for angels to run that extra mile on the treadmill in days leading up to the all important show, Heidi advocates incorporating fitness in your everyday life for beauty and healthy living.
Angel Gisele Bundchen— Drop the hairbrush for coiffure care
Undisputedly the sexiest Victoria’s Secret angel of all time, no models had come close to match the attention that Brazilian bombshell, Gisele Bundchen commanded every time she strutted down the gilded runway, from year 2000-2007. Perhaps it’s her genetically gifted features, natural poise, and that innate Brazilian sultriness, Gisele continue to influence our decision and was once described by VOGUE IT as “the King Midas of Fashion”, turning every product she touts to gold.To ensure the health of her signature mane of perfectly tousled beach curls that earned her legions of fans and multi-million dollar endorsement deals, Gisele opt for a low-maintenance off-duty style, skipping the hair dryer and ditching the brushes to avoid overstyling which damages your strands in the long run.
“In my job, you have to remember people are brushing my hair every day. You have to remember the last thing I want [on a day off] is a brush in my hair!”— Gisele Bundchen
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Angel Tyra Banks— Embrace positive body image
Tyra Banks found success in two equally illustrious careers, garnering rave reviews both during her former catwalk days as a supermodel, and as a larger than life television personality in her latter years. In 1997, Tyra became the first African American chosen to front the cover of the Victoria’s Secret catalog, and went on to become a VS angel, donning those infamous wings for 9 straight years in running till her highly publicised retirement in 2005. The creator of “American Next Top Model” often spoke openly against body shaming in the fashion industry, citing her switch from high fashion to lingerie model as a conscious decision made to embrace her womanly curves and put a stop to the constant weight struggle in order to fit into sample pieces of couture.
“Stop saying these negative things about yourself. Look in the mirror and find something about yourself that’s positive and celebrate that.”— Tyra Banks.
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Angel Adriana Lima— Go with the Pro
Together with BFF Alessandro Ambrosio, Adriana Lima is the longest serving Victoria’s Secret angel, walking alongside and holding her own against models who were barely crawling when she first hit the glittery runway 18 years ago in 1999. The 36 years old veteran angel has no intentions of retiring from the Victoria’s Secret runway anytime soon, with a plan to stay, as long as her body allows her. Never one to hide behind filters and editing apps, Adriana prefers to upload un-edited images of her sweating and destroying while working out. Her approach to beauty is simple yet definitive, preferring to entrust the care of her skin to experts who can advise her on a professional level.
“I do not have a lot on my skin, but I like to use products from my facial guy that I go to in Paris. He is a different type of facialist. When you go in it’s not like there is a menu, he builds everything for you, for your skin. Your skin changes based on a million different things–what you eat, where you travel. So he sees you and he builds for you based on that.”— Adriana Lima.
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