Sunday, November 17, 2013

Backstage Buzz From the Victoria's Secret Fashion Show

On Wednesday, I had a really tough assignment: covering backstage at the "sexiest show on earth" aka the Victoria's Secret Fashion Show. I've had the opportunity to cover this show many times, when it was in LA and Miami, as well as NYC and it's always really fun because it's not your typical red carpet scenario. You get to the interview the Angels backstage in a sea of bright pink and clouds of hairspray as they're getting all glammed up for the big show in their silk robes. It's kind of like a big slumber party on steroids. You can read my coverage on Wonderwall, but here's some of Victoria's secrets:

1. Yes, the Angels are still very pretty without makeup. Since I had an early interview time, most of the girls had no makeup on while I was backstage or were in the process of getting primped, and they're all naturally gorgeous before the glam squad. But they're also human...I saw some dark circles.

2. Spray tans are a must, even for supermodels. Behati Prinsloo, who's engaged to Adam Levine, told me all of the Angels get spray tans the night before the show. They also get slathered in VS Runway Ready Luminous Bronzing Lotion the day of the show before walking the runway. And if you're wondering how they get their hair so perfectly voluminous, the Angels all get extensions put in, which are styled with GHD tools by 22 hairstylists.

3. Some models eat on the show day. Although Adriana Lima once told me she sticks to a liquid diet for 9 days before the show, I saw Hilary Rhoda eating oatmeal and Cara Delevingne Instagrammed a pic of herself eating bacon before the show. Seriously.
4. Karlie Kloss has a nerdy side. She told me her latest hobby is computer coding, as in learning how to program and build websites. Who says models aren't smart?

5. Adriana Lima is ridiculously nice in addition to ridiculously gorgeous. The Brazilian mom of two was gesturing with her hands a lot during our interview and accidentally sent my tape recorder flying when she was answering a question. She apologized so many times...I thought it was funny!

6. Candice Swanepoel got to wear the most expensive bra. Every year, a super pricey blinged out bra gets handmade by a jeweler and one lucky model gets picked to wear it. Heidi Klum and Miranda Kerr have previously had the honors, but the South African stunner got to wear the Royal Fantasy Bra this year, which was worth $10 million dollars and featured rubies, diamonds and yellow sapphires set in 18 karat gold.

See the Victoria's Secret Fashion Show, featuring performances by Taylor Swift, Fall Out Boy and Neon Jungle when it airs Dec. 10 on CBS. 
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