Victoria's Secret celebrates 20th anniversary of first fashion show

The sexiest women on the planet will be in New York on November 10 to show us the new Victoria's Secret collection, and to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the famous brand's first fashion show. Let's take a look at the key moments in the history of this must-see event.


Victoria's Secret Angels before the Victoria's Secret Fashion Show in London in 2014 - AFP / Adrian Dennis

Aside from Fashion Week, it is undoubtedly the most highly anticipated catwalk show of the year. Although it is not strictly fashion, as it is all about lingerie. This year, the Victoria's Secret Fashion Show celebrates two decades of this awe-inspiring event in which the main characters are some of the most beautiful women in the world.

The Holy Grail for models

A place in the Victoria's Secret Fashion Show is a career high point for international top models. The most sought-after models on the planet have paraded down its catwalk with just a few exceptions. The show is not an end in itself, but rather a springboard for many young women who want to access the upper echelons of the modeling world. But to do so, a dream figure and curves in the right places are required.

August 1995: the first Victoria's Secret show took place in New York, the brand's favorite city, and included such names as Stephanie Seymour, Frederique van der Wal and Magdalena Wrobel. At this point in time they were not called "Angels", but their status as the brand's representatives already proved priceless.

Year after year, the most high-profile models have strutted down the lingerie brand's catwalk. Naomi Campbell, Tyra Banks, Karen Mulder, Laetitia Casta, Claudia Schiffer, Heidi Klum, Gisele Bündchen, Eva Herzigová, Adriana Lima, Alessandra Ambrosio, Isabeli Fontana, Natasha Poly, Karolína Kurková, Izabel Goulart, Doutzen Kroes, Miranda Kerr, Candice Swanepoel, Edita Vilkeviciute, Cara Delevingne, Karlie Kloss and Lily Aldridge -- to name just a few -- have all modeled at least once for Victoria's Secret.

The Fantasy Bra is the highlight of the show

Extremely beautiful ensembles can be seen at all the Victoria's Secret shows, but there is one piece that attracts extra attention. It is the ornately-designed Fantasy Bra which is studded with stunning precious stones.

This mythical creation, which is generally worth several million dollars, is the highlight of the show. There is fierce competition to become the lucky Angel which will wear the Fantasy Bra. Gisele Bündchen, Heidi Klum, Tyra Banks and Adriana Lima have all had the privilege of doing so.

What's in store at the 2015 show?

The brand has not given much away this year, but a few important announcements have already been made.

For this anniversary show, Lily Aldridge has been selected to wear the Fantasy Bra, which will be covered with all kinds of precious stones, on November 10. On the entertainment front, Selena Gomez, The Weeknd and Ellie Goulding have been chosen for the evening.

Other news which has created a buzz: two weeks ahead of the show, Gigi Hadid, who has never taken part in the event, was selected to put on her Angel wings. Also making headlines is the news that Kendall Jenner will walk for the brand. She will be in the company of names such as Alessandra Ambrosio, Lily Aldridge, Adriana Lima, Sara Sampaio, Stella Maxwell, Behati Prinsloo and Elsa Hosk.

There are likely to be other surprises at this anniversary event. We can expect the return of iconic Angels who are part of the show's history, a list that includes Miranda Kerr, Gisele Bündchen, Tyra Banks, and Heidi Klum.

The show, which will be held on November 10, will be broadcast on the US network CBS on December 8.
 

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