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Angels spread wings once more

The 2015 Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show is causing a flurry of excitement and it hasn’t even aired to the public yet. Every year, this extravaganza somehow manages to go above and beyond. So, if you aren’t hip, I’m here to fill you in on all of of the important details.

This year, the show took place in our beloved New York City yet again, one of the few places where anything this over-the-top can be dismissed as casual, everyday ambiance.

A model prancing around in her underwear with rollers in her hair and a phone in hand is a common occurrence backstage. Everyone is getting ready and wants to personally document their experience.

Along with the veterans, there are a few newbies, but the two that are most notable are Kendall Jenner and Gigi Hadid. I can’t help but think that Kim Kardashian paved the way for her family where each one of her family members is capitalizing on their own endeavor.

Jenner is a great model, but she just might be considered one in a million if the Kardashian name wasn’t attached to her. She wanted to just be known by her first name, “Kendall,” trying to alleviate some of the buzz her name generates.

Nevertheless, she has reached the holy grail of modeling while debuting as an angel amongst some of the current greats. The power of social media works in the favor of these girls. For instance, Hadid, daughter of an ex-model and cast member of “The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills,” has grown up in the spotlight just as much as Jenner has.

This show seems to have been taken over by two girls that are the same age as most of the St. John’s students, while other models are vying for the spotlight. There were 47 models in the show,  but Jenner and Hadid stood out among the others.

Even with their presence, there were other notable models in show. Maria Borges,  a 23-year-old Angolan model, made her third appearance in the fashion show this year wearing her hair all natural. This was groundbreaking, considered that the angels tend to have a “cookie cutter mold,”  which includes long, flowing locks of hair. Borges rocked the runway with her cute, curly fro, hand-in-hand with The Weeknd. It was truly a sight to behold.

So many girls already feel the pressure to be perfect while looking at these pencil-thin models. But, seeing someone with natural hair adds an element of realness, which made Borges more relatable. Natural hair being equated with beauty is a milestone that is slowly being reached. Borges was absolutely stunning and stole the show in her own natural way.

Each section of the show had its own theme, from hip ‘60s angels to patriotic pink ones. The iconic “Fantasy Bra” is what everyone was really waiting for. This jewel encrusted, glittering bra is worth 2 million dollars, and weighs in at 19 pounds, if you include the battery pack. Lily Aldridge, Victoria’s Secret Angel and Sports Illustrated model, had the honor of modeling this bra. Still, 2 million dollars was nothing compared to the 20 million dollar bra back in 2000 worn by Gisele Bundchen, who also appeared in this year’s show.

Many were sad to hear that Rihanna would not be performing this go round, but The Weeknd, Ellie Goulding and Selena Gomez were adored by the audience all the same. Each of these artists have hits, many current, and I personally can’t wait to see what they have performed once it airs.

Not only was the runway star-studded with world-class models and performers, but the audience was filled with the rich and famous as well. The Big Apple drew in celebrities from all genres to the show. Nick Cannon, Matt Harvey and Caitlyn Jenner were just a few of the notable stars that graced the show with their presence.

Be sure to tune in to the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show on Dec. 8 on CBS.

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