Victoria’s Secret unveils their 2018 Fashion Show

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Victoria’s Secret unveils their 2018 Fashion Show

Olivia Wilson, Contributor

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This past Sunday was the annual Victoria Secret Fashion Show. This year headed back to New York City after being in Shanghai, China last year and Paris, France the year before that. The show featured over twenty different supermodels, some legends and some new, along with five different musical acts. The show is always divided into different segments based one each collection that the brand creates for its models. This year the show had seven different ones; “Glam Royale,” “Golden Angel,” “Flights of Fancy,” “Pink,” “Heritage,” “Downtown Angel” and “Celestial Angel.”

Singer Leela James started the show with the song This is Me and this number showcased the “Glam Royale” collection with models Kendall Jenner and Gigi Hadid among others. Longtime angel, Behati Prinsloo, closed this first number of the show and lead us into the next section; “Golden Angel” featuring the Chainsmokers and Kelsea Ballerini singing their hit song, This Feeling. Candice Swanepoel opened this number that most notably featured models Lily Aldridge, Barbara Palvin, and Taylor Hill.

The third number called “Flights of Fancy” had a performance from Halsey featuring her hit song Without Me. This section of the show was one of the most glamorous and sparkly portions of the show featuring Toni Garrn, Bella Hadid, and Winnie Harlow. Winnie Harlow became the first model with the skin condition, Vitiligo, to ever walk in the fashion show. Vitiligo is a condition that causes pigment free skin patches on your body. Harlow embraces her condition and absolutely rocked each of her walks during the fashion show.

Next up was the brand’s sister line, “Pink” and its number in the show. Bebe Rexha took the runway to perform her song I’m A Mess. The section of the show is typically known to feature new models. We were introduced to Josie Conseco, Kelsey Merritt, Sadie Newman, Duckie Thot, Yasmin Wijnaldumm, Melie Tiaco, and Willow Hand. Following the “Pink” collection, Rita Ora performed during the “Heritage” collection of the show. This number featured a diverse selection as models like Estelle Chen, Herieth Paul, and Ming Xi. Shawn Mendes performed his new single Lost in Japan during the Downtown Angel segment of the show. Mendes received praise online for his performance and poise during the show. The last performer to take the stage was the English band, The Struts, where they performed their song, Body Talks. This section of the show was the Celestial Angel segment which featured fan favorites Adriana Lima and Candice Swanepoel.

Each year at the show, one lucky angel is selected to wear the fantasy bra. This entire look is usually full on diamonds and costs millions of dollars. This year Elsa Hosk had the privilege to wear the fantasy bra in her last walk of the night. Longtime veteran, Adriana Lima, walked her last walk in the famous show. She has been an angel for 19 years and was given a nice tribute video as she has announced that this would be her last show before retiring her wings. Lima is arguably the most popular angel of all time and has been the face of the brand for many years.

This year’s show featured the largest number of performers it had ever had. There were eight different performers the show and featured many models who made a return to the runway who had not been in the show the previous year. However, the ratings of the show did suffer as comments were made by the chief marketing director of the bran stated that the show does not need diversity because “the show is a fantasy and an entertainment special.” Halsey who performed in the show stated that these comments made after the show did not align with her views and said she does not “have a tolerance for a lack of inclusivity.” She also said that the only “fantasy” she supports is “complete and total acceptance.”

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