They eat hamburgers for a start.
1. Victoria’s Secret are pretty chill about models taking time off to have kids:
“I wanted to have kids at 20, so 26 was already old for me. I felt it was great timing and I took off a whole year. Victoria’s Secret were fine with freezing my contract and going back later, so I wasn’t worried about my career.” – Alessandra Ambrosio,
2. But that doesn’t mean that losing their baby weight is magically easier for them:
“After having Anja I only had three months to lose all the weight [before doing the 2008 Victoria’s Secret show] and I was on this 1,200-calorie-a-day meal-delivery service that I hated. I wouldn’t do that again.” – Alessandra Ambrosia,
3. Eating a burger and chips before a catwalk show IS a thing sometimes. We know, try not to hate them for it:
“I’ve just been working every day in a different country, so I haven’t had time to prepare. I had McDonald’s for lunch yesterday and pizza for dinner, so that’s not going to change.” – Cara Delevingne,
4. But most of the time, it’s a gruelling process, and one that they don’t take lightly:
“My last two Victoria’s Secret shows, I was told I had to lose weight. I remember staring at my food and thinking maybe I should just not eat. I realised I couldn’t go out into the world—parading my body and myself in front of all these women who look up to me—and tell them that this is easy and simple and everyone can do this.” – Erin Heatherton,
5. No matter how much of a pro you are, the Victoria’s Secret Fashion show is always daunting:
“Girls have done squats backstage at the show, it really happens.” – Behati Prinsloo,
6. Having the entire Kardashian clan in the audience isn’t a good thing (for one model in particular):
“If my sister [Kim Kardashian] is sitting in the front row, and my sister is who she is, it sounds weird, but it would have almost taken the attention away from what I’m trying to do on my own.” – Kendall Jenner,
7. Contrary to the rumours, the Victoria’s Secret veterans don’t really mind the rise of the ‘social’ models:
[On Kendall Jenner and Gigi Hadid being cast in the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show] “Attachment sometimes from the outside in can help, but they do work really hard. Gigi had to try out a few times before she got in. They both did an amazing job and they looked great.” – Shanina Shaik,
8. But sometimes, they kind of do:
“Feeling so much better about not doing BS… sorry I mean VS now that Rihanna isn’t doing it also.” – Jourdan Dunn said in a deleted tweet. (It was rumoured that Jourdan had been dropped from the 2015 fashion show in favour of Kendall Jenner).
9. Those slightly crazy beauty treatments you’ve heard of? Yeah, they probably do them:
“All of the girls usually get oxygen facials before the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show – I really love getting those.” – Taylor Hill,
10. They aren’t afraid to ‘go there’ on the big issues:
“Lighter skinned girls get more work than darker skinned girls… I definitely feel that there has been a lot of improvement in the industry with [the] use of black models, but I would definitely say that it has a long way to go especially with regards to shade.
“Milan’s still very behind when it comes to using a lot more diversity in their shows. Sometimes they say stuff like ‘oh, you know, we’re not using any Africans in our shows this season’, and I’m like ‘eh? what do you mean?'” – Leomie Anderson,
11. Sadly, being a VS model doesn’t let you off the hook with trolls:
“People say such mean things to me on Instagram, and I’m like, ‘I see this! I read every comment!’ They’re so hurtful. You see it and think, ‘Why would you say that to anyone?’ It’s heart breaking that people say these kinds of things to each other. It blows my mind.” – Lily Aldridge,
12. That multi-million dollar Fantasy Bra isn’t quite as glam as you’d think:
[On the honour of wearing the $10 million Fantasy Bra in 2013] “These two women came and made a plaster of paris mould of my breasts” – Candice Swanepoel,
13. Forget competition, the VS ladies are supportive as hell – even when it comes to working out:
“It’s funny you ask because when we go on trips we try to do workouts together. Everybody will teach a different workout because we’re all doing different things. It’s the whole team, like the stylists and the photographers too. It’s really fun.” – Elsa Hosk,
Wait, so essentially they’re all like a big family? Well this just isn’t fair.