Russell James, the fashion photog who took this backstage shot of models getting prepped for the annual Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show, shares a good story about the final minutes before showtime.
VS creative director Ed Razek, the show’s mastermind, gives a last-minute pep talk to his girls each year before the curtain rises, says James. This year, before the Nov. 10 taping in New York, Razek reminded his Angels that, given the global population of women, each model to walk the VSFS runway was “1 in 40 million.”
“There is truly a much better chance of winning the lottery than walking in a Victoria’s Secret fashion show,” he said.
Which, in a way, explains the phenomenal interest in the annual televised VS extravaganza, which airs around the world tonight on CBS: Few of us ever win the lottery, but we all love to see the winners … and fantasize about trading places with them.
There’ll certainly be lots to fantasize about in tonight’s show. The 34 genetically blessed and ridiculously happy Angels will haul ass down a 90-foot runway, blowing pouty kisses as they are bombarded by a pounding soundtrack, a whirlwind of glitter and a sea of balloons, all the while trying to stay erect on 6-inch heels under the weight of those enormous wings.
What to expect? This year’s show looks like relentless fun, with the Angels showing off elaborately impractical costumes in six themed segments — the country and sports themes, in particular, look like a riot. Katy Perry is the featured musical guest and, given two weeks of post-production, we’re betting her version of “Firework” will be considerably more tuneful than the one she delivered at the AMAs last week.
Of course, the VS Fashion Show is such an irresistible assault of pure eye candy that it’s best to put the critical pens aside and just get swept along for the ride. It’s not really a fashion show, after all. It’s part beauty pageant, part infomercial, and 100% pure circus. What’s not to love?
Here’s a few images showing some of our favorite outfits from tonight’s antics. Enjoy!