That’s all there is to it, in the end! Yes, Victoria’s Secret has put a major wheel in motion with each and every Victoria’s Secret Show – a handful of gorgeous girls walking around in lingerie, wearing all sorts of crazy, sweet, daring accessories in a financial seduction game.
Though it was initially (read the 90s) placed near Valentine’s Day, VS Fashion Show has slowly but steadily migrated in Christmas’s cozy proximity. Actually, this year it was a major show for Victoria’s Secret as they celebrated 10 years from their first TV broadcast show! 10 years of gorgeous girls cheerfully walking around in VS lingerie with more and more elaborate accessories. VS Angels, ten of the twenty to forty models to walk for Victoria’s Secret each year, made their debut in 1998. (hit the jump to see the rest of the images, the video; click here for the gallery)
Since then, many faces have come and gone (notably Helena Christensen, Stephanie Seymour, Claudia Schiffer, Daria Werbowy and so many others), however, Victoria’s Secret name has only climbed the ladder of underwear glamour and much awaited entertainment.
The Pink label made its debut in 2004, mostly targeting college young women and teens and 2006 marked both the last year Gisele walked for VS and the PINK catwalk debut. Prior to that, in 2011, the Fantasy Bra has made its runway debut worn by some of the most beautiful women ever to have worked under Victoria’s Secret (Heidi Klum, Gisele Bundchen, Tyra Banks, Adriana Lima, Miranda Kerr). Like a curiosity, between 1999 and 2005, the Fantasy Bra has exceeded the $10 Million price tag; from 2006 on, its value has constantly decreased to arrive at $2 Million in 2010. This year marks a revigoration of the Fantasy Bra value, going up by a quart, reaching the $2,5Million mark.
Enough of the boring data sheet – let’s get back to our girls. The models having walked the 2011 Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show were as gorgeous as ever and the costumes as imaginative as always (there was a notable absence – Magdalena Frackowiak went off radar for the show, although she was part of the initial lineup). 37 models graced the VS catwalk with their daring strut and irresistible smile (of which 13 made their debut for VS). Oh, and their amazing lingerie – wearing bodies!
I told you, when I first started the VS talk of this year, that I saw good, bad and plain ugly. And even though only a day has gone by since the show, my bad and ugly memories faded away under all those layers of glitter, fake tan and cheerful colors! As always, the Victoria’s Secret marketing machine was perfectly fueled by the show, the performers and the girls! What? Oh, yes, the lingerie too!
My only regret, watching the pictures taken during the presentation, was that the models weight could affect the general perception of the underwear. However, the people who will watch the show on TV won’t see much of the really thin girls as to realize how this would reflect on their eating habits. What they’ll see is smiling, happily looking extremely beautiful girls with a healthy tan and a dreamy, fierce strut! Bottom line – exactly what Victoria’s Secret is aiming for!
I doubt the Victoria’s Secret magic will ever disappear so, as always, I’m faithfully waiting for the final edited version of the TV broadcast Victoria’s Secret 2011 Show. After which, I’ll be perusing their website for goodies! (what? You didn’t seriously think they were making billions out of thin air! Normal people like you and me it’s what they’re after! And although I’m not imagining walking the catwalk each and every time I wear my Victoria’s Secret lingerie or swimsuit, it does add a bit of glitter and glamour!) (this was made possible with a little help from 1, 2, 3)