It’s been a busy couple of years for the Victoria Secret Angels—from London to Paris and last year in Shanghai they’ve certainly racked up some frequent flier miles.
This year’s lingerie extravaganza will officially relocate back to its home in New York, where it all started in 1995. The brand announced the news on Instagram and Twitter with several photos of their top models carrying precious feathered angel wings all over Manhattan. Sara Sampaio was spotted in Grand Central, Elsa Hosk coming out of a subway station, and Josephine Skriver hailing a taxi.
The casting call for this year’s show, which also takes place in New York, just wrapped up last week, and the girls were quick to post to Instagram to confirm their placement in the most talked-about runway show in the world. There will be 18 new faces on that sparkly runway. This will also be the third year in a row that at least one official Victoria Secret Angel will be missing from the lineup. Behati Prinsloo has been out for the last two years since giving birth to two baby girls, but is likely to return this year. Candice Swanepoel missed out on the Paris show, but walked in Shanghai when she was a few months pregnant. This year Lily Aldridge will be out as she is pregnant with her second child.
Last year, the brand also faced some issues with their Shanghai spectacle due to the visa rules in China. Several girls who were promised a spot on the runway were denied visas. Mayowa Nicholas, Kate Grigorieva and even Gigi Hadid were unable to spread their wings last year but Nicholas and Hadid are confirmed to walk this year’s show.
From Harper’s Bazaar