I remember the first time I got Victoria’s Secret like it was yesterday. The days leading up to the casting I would practice my walk everyday and watched every single show that I could find on youtube (they have literally had the best performers every single year). Walking into the casting was really surreal, order seeing the likes of Joan Smalls looking radiant as well as other new hopefuls all hoping to be picked for the biggest show on Earth; I was so nervous but knew that it was a do or die situation. I would either eat my nerves and go in and show them my personality or I would let doubt consume me.
When my booker called me a few days later to tell me I had gotten the show I cried my eyes out and naturally tried to call my mum, who of course, didn’t answer her phone for another six hours- I couldn’t believe I had gotten it! What was funny to me was the fact that after I got it, when I was interviewed about it, I was always asked questions along the lines of “Did you feel pressure to work out to compete with other girls” “Have you heard any stories of bitchiness backstage” and I would always internally roll my eyes- why is it that when a group of women get together, people assume that we try to drag each other down? Why is it that women are always pitted against each other?
Whether it is a Rihanna vs. Beyonce tweet or a badly pieced together tabloid cover, it’s like people want women to be secretly against one another but one of the reasons I loved doing the show last year and am so excited about going to paris this year is because it proved all of these assumptions wrong. Backstage there was this buzz of excitement oozing from everybody who stepped in; be it Adriana Lima who had walked the show 16 times or a newbie like myself, everybody was so happy to be there. All the girls were mingling and talking over breakfast and as much as people would love me to say it was like Mean Girls with a “you can’t sit with us” situation, it was literally the most chill time ever. When it came to show time, all the big girls were so supportive of us newbies and made us feel so comfortable and confident; it really was like a sisterhood backstage.
Before the last show, Ed Razek gave us a beautiful speech, moving the likes of Adriana to tears. He explained to us how special we all were to be there today and how proud of us he was; I remember feeling so energised and happy afterwards, I couldn’t wait to walk again.
As much as people would revel in the idea that there was cat fights and hair pulling backstage there just wasn’t; the Victoria’s Secret show really is a celebration of powerful, confident women on screen and off and I cannot wait to be a part of this year in Paris!
Scroll through the gallery above to see more exclusive backstage pictures from last years Victoria’s Secret Show!
It’s been a week since the show premiered in the U.S and premiers today in the U.K so I thought it would be a perfect time to put out my VSFS video diary (press the play symbol above!) and show you some unseen pictures from my time in Paris! Scroll through and read the answers to some of the questions I’m asked the most about my VS experience!
What was the flight like?
The flight was so much fun, drugs salve everyone had so much energy (at the beginning lol) and it was such a good vibe. The food was literally the best I’ve ever had on a plane- they had everything and you lot already know that I appreciate a good meal and consistent snacks!
Which look did I prefer?
I loved both my looks for very different reasons, cialis 40mg so I can’t really say which one I liked more. My first look will always be so special to me as it was the first time I had wings which is a really big honour in the VS game. My look was sexy and flirty so I got to play up to that with my walk. my second look had a lot of attitude and character which I loved; I imagined myself being a sort of Totally Spies girl as I walked the runway.
What do you like the most about Paris?
To be honest, before this trip, I had such mixed experiences with Paris; I’m either getting lost there or nearly being arrested for loosing my metro card lol. This trip completely renewed the love I had for the city because of all of the memories I made there. The weather was perfect everyday so I got to walk around and soak in the beautiful city and then my two best friends came to celebrate the moment with me to top it all off- I love Paris!
What was Gaga like?
Lady Gaga is such a beautiful human inside and out; she even waited after the show to give every single girl a single white rose; “from an angel to an angel”… Her performances literally snatched me bald; so happy I got to walk to both her and The Weeknd!
For backstage access watch my latest vlog here or click play above!