The 20th annual Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show is upon us, taking place tomorrow at the Lexington Avenue Armory in New York City, and last week we got a sneak peek at what to expect when we visited Candice Swanepoel at one of her fittings. The veteran Angel—one of five who will walk alongside 10 newbies, including Elsa Hosk and Taylor Hill, and other top models, like Gigi Hadid and Kendall Jenner—was a total pro as she tried on her look for the Boho/Psychedelic section in front of the collection’s creative director, Sophia Neophitou, and the rest of the VS team.
It was quite the process: Original jewelry selects were replaced with newer gems by Eddie Borgo while extra feathers and frills were added in all the right places. There was talk of sending the wings off to be made sturdier so that they wouldn’t jiggle as much when the model walked. This was not an outfit to be taken lightly, even if, from afar, it looked to be just that—light and airy. We spoke to Swanepoel about how she prepares for the show and what she’s most looking forward to this year.
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Who What Wear: What’s your favorite part of doing the show every year?
Candice Swanepoel: The musical acts are all so different every year. I love seeing what they bring to the stage and then my outfits—they’re all so unique.
WWW: Is there an act you’re most looking forward to?
CS: Well I’m a big fan of The Weeknd, but I’m really excited to see Ellie Goulding because I’ve heard her on the radio before and her voice is just incredible.
WWW: Do you have a favorite look this year?
CS: I have two amazing ones, so it’s hard to choose. There’s one in the Boho/Psychedelic section that comes with some really cool wings and a bikini.
WWW: Do you still get nervous before the show?
CS: Yes! I get more and more nervous every year.
WWW: Do you do anything in particular to help calm your nerves?
CS: I just take a lot of deep breaths and try to measure up what’s really important in my life [laughs].
WWW: Do you and the other models have any pre-show rituals?
CS: Not really. We’re all just hanging out backstage and chatting and enjoying the moment. There are definitely a couple of “squads” going on backstage [laughs].
WWW: Who are some of your closest friends among the Angels?
CS: Lily [Aldridge], Behati [Prinsloo], Jasmine [Tookes]—I mean we’re all pretty close; we see each other quite a lot.
WWW: What advice would you give to the new Angels?
CS: Just to enjoy it as much as they can and to not fall [laughs]. It’s such a different experience for each person, so you can’t really say.
WWW: Leading up to show, do you do anything special with your fitness routine and diet?
CS: Yeah, we’re all working out quite a bit. I do a lot of yoga and resistance training—no cardio because I get too skinny quickly. I try to eat more too so that I can build more muscle. It’s hard… We get nervous!
WWW: Do you have any big plans for after the show to celebrate?
CS: No, I’m working the day after the show, so I unfortunately have to go to bed early and there’s going to be minimal partying for me [laughs].
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