Behind the Scenes of the 2015 Victoria's Secret Fashion Show
What do you get when you fuse the world's sexiest models with thousands of feathers, a confetti show of sequins and a whole lot of skin? The hottest fashion show on earth, of course. So it comes as no surprise that prepping for show time is quite a production. Backstage at the show in New York City, the pros worked their magic transforming everyone from first-timers Gigi Hadid and Kendall Jenner to seasoned show veteran Adriana Lima into sex bombs (as if they need any help) for the annual Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show.
From primping in hair and makeup all morning long to taking time between hair teasing sessions, we captured every must-see moment from behind the scenes: take a look at them all here.
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Gigi Hadid can rely on her natural beauty to shine, but for the highly anticipated show, a team of hardworking hair and makeup professionals help the star model achieve that voluminous, full of life 'do.
CENTER OF ATTENTION
Though Hadid is surrounded by hundreds of photographers, she still manages to keep her cool. So what’s her beauty M.O.? “My mom’s always been like less is more,” she says. “She never wore that much makeup and I appreciate that now. I think that’s probably the best.”
THE PERFECT 'DO
Like all of the Victoria’s Secret Angels, Hadid knows how to effortless rock any barely-there bikini along with a multi-layered hairstyle. However, it takes hours of primping and hundreds of curlers to reach that camera-ready look.
Always the social butterfly, Kendall Jenner took time to bond and chat with her fellow VS Angels. "I think just being in this industry and watching so many people do your makeup all the time, I think that you learn from them," she says of her makeup philosophy. As for her runway looks, she adds, "I'm going to keep it a secret!"
Hairstylist Akki is charged with giving each Angel her bouncy curls, while makeup artist Dick Page helps to create their sultry, dewy glows.
THE OFF-DUTY UNIFORM
Though all of the models are expected to bare it all on the runway, each Angel wears matching pink silk robes as they prepare for the big night. Here, Sara Sampaio awaits her turn in the hair and makeup chair.
AMIDST ALL THE ACTION
Candice Swanepoel is just one of the dozens of models who got the glam treatment from the VS team.
BUT FIRST, A SELFIE!
Model Sui He strikes a pose as she takes to her iPhone for a stunning backstage selfie.
Though many of the models used their cellphones to snap some memories, others took a more classic approach.
SMILING CHEEK TO CHEEK
The VS Angels help empower each other moments before the show. As they exchange words of encouragement and receive their finishing touches, photographers also snap gorgeous images of the camera-ready crew.
NEVER TOO MANY PHOTOS
Model Yumi Lambert took a cue from the other girls and also took a moment to strike a pose before she hit the catwalk.
THE EVENING'S IT GIRL
Each year, one lucky model gets to sport the beloved $2 million fantasy bra and this year's pick is none other than Victoria's Secret regular Lily Aldridge.
THE $2 MILLION FANTASY BRA
Designed by jewelry Mouawad, this multi-colored dazzling piece took more than 685 hours to make. The reason? It's covered with 6, 808 gems that include diamonds, strings of blue topaz, yellow sapphires, and pink quartz all set in 18-karat gold.
A SECOND OF REST
Though the action backstage is chaotic, it's important that the models, like Taylor Hill and Behati Prinsloo, save their energy for the runway.
As the models prepare to exit the hair and makeup stations, it's finally time to slip into their one-of-a-kind bikinis and kick off the show.