Is Victoria’s Secret preparing for the retirement of its veteran Angels and grooming a new generation of models? Let’s examine the evidence.
Exhibit A: When Adriana Lima and Alessandra Ambrosio were announced as this year’s dual fantasy bra wearers, the rumour mill went into overdrive saying that it would be their final bow. Fear not, as both Angels confirmed they will be back for another year. Whether that means they one have one year left in them or a few more, many believe 2015 will be their swansong.
Exhibit B: Speaking of, Gigi Hadid is now a Victoria’s Secret Pink model, having Instagrammed from the set of a shoot with Elliston Lutz. We think the Sports Illustrated alumni is the perfect fit for the younger sister to Victoria’s Secret’s mainline: she has a social media following in the millions, the looks of an Angel, a boxer’s physique (thanks to Gotham Gym where she trains with a host of the other VS girls) and as we can vouch after interviewing her in Australia, the personality to go very, very far. The 19-year-old model told us in November this year when pressed about Victoria’s Secret that “it’s obviously a team that I’d like to work with. I think it will happen at the right time.” It seems we will have to wait a little longer to find out whether Victoria’s Secret’s newest recruit is here to stay.
Exhibit C: The lingerie company ensured the nine model debutantes received a fair share of media buzz before, during and after this year’s show. Names like Romee Strijd, Stella Maxwell (who has already shot campaigns for the brand) and Imaan Hammam are a few of the newcomers now commanding major attention. Second-timers like Kelly Gale and Josephine Skriver and near-Angels Isabeli Fontana, Izabel Goulart and Martha Hunt are firmly front and centre.
Exhibit D: Kendall Jenner was reportedly in the running for a spot on the line-up at this year’s show. That is, until Chanel called trumps. Needless to say, those rumours could live another year, bringing an entirely new demographic (reality TV star/celebrity offspring-turned-model) to the show.
Let’s see what the New Year brings but our conclusion from the evidence is that a whole new crop of models will soon be taking the reins, or rather, wings
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