I've gained a lot of intel when it comes to the Victoria's Secret Fashion Show, having covered it for the past 12 years when it's taped, and then taking it to the next level by living like Angel Lily Aldridge for a week. So, thanks to the backstage access beauty editors are granted, here are 11 things you might not know about television's sexiest fashion show.
The models practice in their heels so they don't bite the dust.Once they find out what shoes they'll be wearing during the show itself, the girls walk in those heels during the fittings and the rehearsal. This way, they feel comfortable wearing them and don't bust their butts on the runway.
Some of the girls wear a nude thong under their lingerie.
This helps with potential overexposure.
There are bra inserts available for every girl to use if they want.
They don't have to put them in their bras, but why not? A little added padding never hurt anyone.
Stylists use double-sided tape to keep everything in place.
You won't see any bras and underwear sliding around or causing slips of any kind.
Outfits do rip backstage when the models are trying to put them on.
And seamstresses are there to stitch them right back into their outfits.
The models are in the hair and makeup chair for hours before the show.
While the models wake up gorgeous, a lot of effort goes into making their hair and makeup look VS-worthy. In fact, there were 32 makeup artists, 27 hairstylists, and 11 manicurists on hand to get all 55 women runway-ready.
The models in the show are more diverse than ever.
This year there are 55 models, representing 20 different countries—from Grace Bol, a stunning, deep-skinned Sudanese model with a shaved head, to Alexina Graham, a gorgeous British redhead, to the beautiful Liu Wen, a Chinese model who's walked the VS fashion show six times to date.
The hair was more about a sexy, undone look, and all textures are welcome.
"This year's look is relaxed and sexy—each models' natural texture was enhanced and perfected for a 'day-after-the-party' vibe," says lead hairstylist Anthony Turner. "Hair had volume and separation for a sexy, 'undone' feel with movement." Styles ranged from shaved heads to afros to loose waves to super curly hair.
The models' skin look *flawless* because they get touched up with body makeup before getting dressed.
There were zero spray tans before the show this year (tanning guru Kristyn Pradas did, however, bronze Martha Hunt, Elsa Hosk, and Romee Strijd a few days before). Instead, body makeup and Victoria's Secret Love Fragrance Lotion were applied to each girl before they walked down the runway to make sure their skin looked its absolute best.
Getting dressed is a very hands-off experience for the models.
Backstage, an entire team of dressers is responsible for getting the models in and out of their lingerie and wings. The models literally stand there as their outfits are peeled off of them, and then the next one is put back on, followed by their wings, if their outfit calls for them. I mean, could you get this off by yourself?!
The majority of the models work out twice a day starting a week or two before the show.
Talk about dedication. Although, I can't blame them—I'd be doing the same thing if I had to be half-naked on TV.
This article originally appeared on Cosmopolitan.com. Minor edits have been made by the Cosmo.ph editors.