Victoria’s Secret Models Storm Paris Catwalk

By Ikenga Chronicles December 1, 2016

Victoria’s Secret Models Storm Paris Catwalk

US lingerie brand, Victoria’s Secret was showcased on a freezing Paris night. Victoria’s Secret has about 1,000 shops in the US with $7.6 billion sales last year, but announcing itself in France, where there is a long tradition of high quality lingerie, for the first time was massive step forward.

French fashion figures including Balmain designer Olivier Rousteing, a favourite of singers Rihanna and Beyonce missed out of the show. However, Lady Gaga, who was to bring kitschy Las Vegas glamour to the catwalk, had informed her 64 million Twitter fans that she picked up a “couple of bruises from dance rehearsal” prior to the event.

American models who are the major participants said they felt “goose bumps”, as they stepped out under the hallowed dome of the Grand Palais, the Art Deco temple where the luxury French label Chanel holds its fashion design shows. Three of his favourite models — Gigi and Bella Hadid, and Kendall Jenner from the Kardashian dynasty — were among the brand’s “angels”, (so called because the models wear wings) on the runway.

Others include 35-year-old Brazilian beauty Adriana Lima and Jasmine Tookes with the former walking her 15th show on the pink-themed set.

The mother-of-two had earlier said she keeps in shape with porridge for breakfast and a buckwheat drink before bed. “Eating buckwheat before bedtime actually helps you burn calories while you sleep.” she said.

Tookes also was “first black woman to sport the Victoria’s Secrets Fantasy Bra in nine years”, after Selita Ebanks and Tyra Banks and she closed the show by modeling the emerald- and diamond-encrusted “Bright Night Fantasy Bra”, which costs $3 million (2.83 million euros).

The 25-year-old Californian had debunked allegations that she had bleached her skin for the show. “Are you kidding me! Who in the world does that?” she wrote on Instagram.

“Lighting is everything… not to mention I’m way darker in the summer and much lighter towards the winter. My skin tone changes all the time just like everyone else” she added.

Former Swedish professional basketball player Elsa Hosk was also a personality on ground to promote the brand’s new sportwear range.

The star-studded show, which will be broadcast in 190 countries from December 5, is being seen as an attempt by the label to break into the lucrative European market.

Awareness for the event which started months ago, had the hashtag #trainlikeanangel on social media, showing the models working out to get in shape for the catwalk.

Victoria’s Secret has regularly faced criticism for presenting women with an unrealistic body imagination, with models admitting that they are on special diets for weeks before the show.

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