From insane diets to pay cuts — we reveal the extreme lengths Victoria's Secret Angels went to for their wings
THE UK arm of Victoria’s Secret was plunged into administration as the Covid-19 crisis shredded high street lingerie sales.
That was just the latest body-blow to the American brand.
Last year the company cancelled its famous annual underwear show, first held in 1995, to work on an overhaul of its image.
Here, we look at some of the sexiest stars to have modelled for the sexy undies store.
Models have seen their careers soar thanks to the VS show.
The likes of Tyra Banks, Bella and Gigi Hadid, Nina Agdal and Gisele Bundchen all won their “Angel wings” before hitting new heights of fame and success.
While landing a spot in the show was a career game-changer for those models, walking the catwalk in skimpy knickers and bras took weeks of preparation.
Ideally Angels had to be around 5ft 9in tall with a 24in waist and no more than 18 per cent body fat – considerably less than the 21 to 24 per cent usually deemed healthy for women.
Staying in shape and keeping their bodies to the correct proportions could be torture, both mentally and physically.
Brazilian Adriana Lima, a recurring Angel since 2000, has revealed that she went on a liquid-only diet for a shocking nine days to help shed baby weight before the 2012 event.
She guzzled powdered egg protein shakes and a gallon of water a day.
Twelve hours before the show she stopped drinking altogether, saying: “You can lose up to eight pounds just from that.”
Meanwhile, VS veteran Lily Aldridge used to work out twice a day, while the Brazilian brunette Alessandra Ambosio admitted: “You work out as an athlete. All your mind, all your everything, goes into it.”
American model Erin Heatherton was given strict instructions before making her appearances in 2012 and 2013.
She said: “In my last two Victoria’s Secret shows, I was told I had to lose weight. I look back like, ‘Really?’”
Although she was eating healthily and exercising twice a day, Heatherton’s body had started “resisting” her.
She said: “I got to a point where one night, I got home from a workout and I remember staring at my food and thinking maybe I should just not eat.”
Poor Kendall Jenner was dropped one year amid speculation that she was “too bloated”.
And Miranda Kerr was blasted by fans for doctoring her Angel images before they appeared on Instagram.
There were also rumours of pay cuts, as popularity for the event grew.
Two of the most popular Angels, American Karlie Kloss and Dutch model Doutzen Kroes, both decided to quit.
Karlie said: “I didn’t feel it was an image that was truly reflective of who I am and the kind of message I want to send to young women around the world about what it means to be beautiful.”
Models had to act the part too. Any off-message comments had them out on their ear. Aussie model Jessica Hart bad mouthed the performance by pop superstar Taylor Swift at the 2013 VS show.
Jessica said: “God bless her heart, I think she’s great but . . . she didn’t fit. I don’t know if I should say that.”
Jessica wasn’t asked back. Brit Naomi Campbell was one of the first stars to strut the VS catwalk several times but was never made an Angel. She claimed the brand “could not afford me”.
However, the real concern is how notorious Angel fan Leonardo DiCaprio will identify his next girlfriend. Famously, the Hollywood star has dated an amazing 11 VS models over the years.
He’ll just have to wed current VS squeeze Camilla Morrone . . .
Demi: No way I’d risk Botox
DESPITE being dumped by her Winter Love Island beau, Demi Jones has her head screwed on. Demi has turned down a raft of unwanted offers of free cosmetic surgery since featuring on the ITV2 show.
And just weeks after Luke Mabbott ended their romance by phone, she has launched a loungewear range. Demi said: “He initiated it. It’s a shame. His decision came out of the blue. I’ve heard he’s excited about coming out of lockdown a single man, which is upsetting.
“I think about what could have been. I’ve had a few past Love Islanders sliding into my DMs but I just want to be single at the moment.”
Despite promoting her own Project Lip, Demi has snubbed offers of freebie lip injections, preferring a more natural look.
She said: “You get offered cosmetic surgery constantly on social media. It’s crazy.
“Clinics want to give you free boob jobs and fillers. It doesn’t interest me at all. I don’t even open the messages. I’ve never had any cosmetic surgery, fillers or Botox, as I am too scared to ruin my face.”
Mich a sour girl?
SHE has played a string of likeable sweethearts throughout her career.
But now Michelle Keegan wants to be a bad girl.
The actress, who has starred in BBC1’s Our Girl, Coronation Street on ITV and Sky One’s Brassic, said: “I’d like to do a dark role next.
“I always play really strong, feisty females, which I love, but I’m always the good guy.
“So I’d like to try a dark character and be a bad girl next.”
Brooke in body battle
CORONATION Street star Brooke Vincent has bravely opened up about her lifelong struggle for body confidence.
The actress, who plays Sophie Webster on the ITV soap, gave birth to her first son Mexx last autumn. But her ongoing insecurities over her weight began when she was a teenager.
Brooke said: “When I was 16, a lad told me I had ‘thunder thighs’. I look back and I was very, very small at that time.”
And she struggles to accept positive comments too. Brooke said: “If someone ever gives me a compliment, I panic and bat it back. Some people recently have been saying, ‘You look really good after having your baby’.
"And I think, ‘Yeah, but it’s only because I went so big, that’s the only reason why I look so small now’. It’s hard. It’s body dysmorphia. It’s not until you grow older and find Instagram accounts like yours that you’re like, ‘Actually, it’s OK to like myself’.”
We think you look great, Brooke.
LOCKDOWN is taking its toll on the looks of some more image-conscious stars.
Dr Ross Perry of UK clinic Cosmedics said: “I’ve had a couple of my celebrity clients asking for home visits and sending their drivers to collect us.”
SHE is one of the most desired women on telly but Emilia Clarke has been forced to sign up for a dating app like normal folk.
The Game Of Thrones star has set up a profile on celeb dating site Raya.
She’s previously resisted pals’ recommendations – apparently because there were too many models and influencers using the app.
But clearly she’s since had a change of heart.
Emilia last year admitted her love life was a mess, saying: “Fame and dating is just a s**t-show.”
And that was before socially distanced outdoor get-togethers . . .
GREAT news for fans of Celebs Go Dating: The show will be back next month with a virtual version.
This series, featuring matchmaker Paul Carrick Brunson and life coach Anna Williamson will be shorter, with just four celebs looking for love via Zoom dates and park meet-ups.
An insider said: “Now is a tough time for singletons dating.
“Hopefully this social experiment will be inspiring. We are lining up some sexy, outspoken stars to keep it saucy.”
KIM KARDASHIAN says she swears by Pollen CBD gummies to give her a full tank of energy when chasing around after her brood. The reality queen and mum of four had a CBD baby shower last year before son Psalm was born.
JAMIE LAING tried going teetotal last year after doctors said he had burnout. The Made In Chelsea star said: ‘I quit alcohol in November because I was feeling a bit funky and overwhelmed but I started to feel worse. I started drinking again.’
MARTIN FREEMAN is such a fan of the Camden Watch Company he has amassed three of its Victorian-styled timepieces. No wonder he’s always so prompt in Sherlock.
CAGGIE DUNLOP of Made In Chelsea fame is back on the market after splitting with her art consultant beau. She is now looking for love on the celeb dating app Raya.
WAGS’ WORLD host Lizzie Cundy has become a ‘waggony aunt’ after landing her own talkRADIO show with chum Mark Dolan. They are live tonight from 11pm.
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