Being the model chosen to wear Victoria's Secret's annual ultra-extravagant Secret Fantasy Bra is a big deal, one that's gone to the likes of Gisele Bündchen and Miranda Kerr, to name a few. This year, the honor has been bestowed upon the stunning VS veteran Angel Lily Aldridge, as she announced on her Instagram this morning. The bra, designed by world-renowned jeweler Mouawad, is valued at $2 million and comes in at just under 1364 carats of gemstones, all of them set in 18-karat gold. The bra was fittingly named the Fireworks Fantasy Bra and will be worn by Aldridge on the runway of the Victoria's Secret Fashion Show, airing December 8. We caught up with Aldridge to talk about her reaction to the exciting news and how she's prepping for this year's big show, so keep reading for our exclusive interview.
Who What Wear: First off, congratulations! What does it mean to you to be selected to wear this year’s Fantasy Bra?
Lily Aldridge: It really is just an incredible honor to follow the long list of women who have worn it. To see where they are now and what they’ve accomplished really does make you believe that dreams come true. I’m really excited to get this honor!
WWW: How did you learn of the exciting news?
LA: I was in New York, and Victoria’s Secret planned a whole pretend day, made me do pretend interviews, and then they brought me into this room and told me I had to surprise Candice [Swanepoel] with this thing. And so I thought I was surprising Candice, and Candice ended up surprising me with the Fantasy Bra. It was very emotional.
WWW: Besides wearing the Fireworks Fantasy Bra, what are you most looking forward to at this year’s show?
LA: Honestly, the thing I look forward to most is being with all of my friends and seeing the girls—the girls that have been in the show already and the new girls. It’s such an empowering, fun night, and to all be together is really just priceless memories. It’s an incredible bonding experience with these amazing women.
WWW: What is your routine leading up to the big show?
LA: The night before, I’m trying to workout as much as I can and getting a good night’s sleep is so important. It’s so exhilarating, so fun; you workout so hard, it’s really just such a great feeling. It’s like prepping for an Olympic event or something; you’re just working so hard, and then the day comes and it’s really exciting.
WWW: What advice would you give all of the new girls walking in the show?
LA: I think just to stay true to yourself and enjoy every second of this. Be positive and healthy and let your inner beauty shine, because I really think that’s what makes a girl stand out on the runway, when you get to see their beautiful personality.
WWW: What is the one item you put on that makes you feel instantly sexy?
LA: Fragrance. I love a nice fragrance. I love so many different things, but Dream Angels was the first thing I put on when I was like a teenager, so that will always be in my rotation.
WWW: How do you apply your perfume?
LA: It’s always on my wrists. My daughter, actually, I have this really beautiful bottle of a perfume oil, and she loves to take it and put it on me. It looks like a little shot, I think she thinks she’s being a doctor. I have a beautiful vintage tray with all my perfumes.
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