Monday, September 25, 2017

2017 Victoria's Secret Fashion Show Lineup

Adriana Lima 2017 Victoria's Secret Fashion Show
Adriana Lima leads the Angels to Shanghai in 2017.

The 2017 Victoria's Secret Fashion Show will head to Shanghai, China. This follows visits overseas to London, England and Paris, France, and is the show's first visit to Asia. China in particular is a massively important new market for Victoria's Secret, where they have recently opened many new stores. If you notice a number of Asian names on the list below - that's likely not a coincidence.

Lais Ribiero 2017 Victoria's Secret Fashion Show
Lais Ribiero returns for the 2017 Victoria's Secret Fashion show.

The number of women walking in the Victoria's Secret Fashion Show has been rising in recent years. This year, 57 models have been selected for the show, but the actual number won't be certain until the show takes place.

Victoria Lee 2017 Victoria's Secret Fashion Show
Victoria Lee joins the Victoria's Secret Fashion Show for the first time in 2017.

Victoria's Secret likes to keep things on the down low until the event actually takes place for, among many other reasons, security concerns. The 2017 Victoria's Secret Fashion Show will be shown on Tuesday, November 28th at 10/9C on CBS, but the actual show will take place earlier in November.

Vanessa Moody 2017 Victoria's Secret Fashion Show
Vanessa Moody passed the audition and will be a rookie in the 2017 Victoria's Secret Fashion Show.

"Angels" (there currently are 15, denoted below) are not required to audition - they are contract models with Victoria's Secret and automatically earn a slot in the Victoria's Secret Fashion Show. All of the other girls must audition before a panel of judges and wait to see if they have been chosen. Candice Swanepoel and Behati Prinsloo return from maternity leave.

Sui He 2017 Victoria's Secret Fashion Show
Sui He leads a large Asian contingent in the 2017 Victoria's Secret Fashion Show.

Here's the list as of this date, in alphabetical order:

Adriana Lima (Angel)
Aiden Curtiss (first-timer)
Alessandra Ambrosio (Angel)
Alanna Arrington
Alecia Morais (first-timer)
Alexina Graham (first-timer)
Amilna Estevao (first-timer)
Barbara Fialho
Behati Prinsloo (Angel)
Blanca Padilla
Bruna Lirio
Candice Swanepoel (Angel)
Cindy Bruna
Daniela Braga
Dasha Khlystun (first-timer)
Devon Windsor
Elsa Hosk (Angel)
Estelle Chen (first-timer)
Frida Aasen (first-timer)
Gizele Oliveira (first-timer)
Grace Bol (first-timer)
Grace Elizabeth
Herieth Paul
Irina Sharipova
Jasmine Tookes (Angel)
Josephine Skriver (Angel)
Jourdana Phillips
Julia Belyakova (first-timer)
Kate Grigorieva (Angel)
Kelly Gale
Lais Ribiero (Angel)
Lameka Fox
Leila Nda
Leomie Anderson
Lily Aldridge (Angel)
Liu Wen
Maggie Laine
Maria Borges
Martha Hunt (Angel)
Mayowa Nicholas (first-timer)
Megan Williams
Ming Xi
Nadine Leopold (first-timer)
Sanne Vloet
Romee Strijd (Angel)
Roosmarijn de Kok (first-timer)
Samile Bermannelli (first-timer)
Sara Sampaio (Angel)
Shu Pei
Stella Maxwell (Angel)
Sui He
Taylor Hill (Angel)
Vanessa Moody (first-timer)
Victoria Lee (first-timer)
Xin Xie (first-timer)
Zuri Tibby

Roosmarijn de Kok 2017 Victoria's Secret Fashion Show
Roosmarijn de Kok walks for the first time for Victoria's Secret in the 2017 Victoria's Secret Fashion Show.

Going to China was exotic, but it also posed a few challenges. Several models reportedly could not attend the show because the Chinese refused to grant them visas. These apparently included Kate Grigorieva, Irina Sharipova and Julia Belyakova. Gigi Hadid was blacklisted by the Chinese because, upon examining her social media accounts, they found an Instagram video of her that they interpreted as mocking Asians.

Roosmarijn de Kok 2017 Victoria's Secret Fashion Show
Katy with sunflowers in Taipei in 2015. The Chinese did not like this.

While not a Victoria's Secret model, Katy Perry also was banned from entering China to sing at the show. The reason apparently was that Perry once had donned a sparkly green sunflower dress during a Taipei, Taiwan performance. The Chinese, who scrutinize visitors' histories before allowing them into the country, viewed this as a political protest against China. At that 2015 event, Perry waved the Taiwanese flag, leading critics to believe she was expressing solidarity with the 2014 Sunflower Student Movement. That was enough for the Chinese to ban her in 2017. What's interesting is that Gigi was not included on the lists of models who would be making the trip that were distributed some time before the event - leading some to surmise that it was not a last-minute decision as appeared to be the impression that Gigi and Victoria's Secret wished to convey. The since-deleted video showed Hadid laughing while squinting her eyes and holding a Buddha-shaped cookie. Gigi posted an apology on China's microblogging site Weibo, but apparently the Chinese thought she should have apologized on all of her social media platforms so that people outside of China would learn of the incident, too.

Gigi Hadid explains to her fans at the last minute that she cannot participate in the 2017 Victoria's Secret Fashion Show - but does not explain why.


Wednesday, May 3, 2017



Colorado Springs balloon Labor Day Festival

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Thursday, January 12, 2017

Daniela Peštová: Czech Late Bloomer

Daniela Pestova
Daniela Pestova.

There aren't a lot of models who you can identify from either their first or their last name. Daniela Peštová is one such lady. If you talk to anyone in the fashion industry with any sense of history and mention that Daniela will be at a party, or that Pestova is going to be on the cover of Elle, they should know right off the bat who you are talking about. Let's learn a little bit about this legend.

Daniela Pestova

Daniela was born in Teplice, Czechoslovakia (it is now the Czech Republic) on 14 October 1970. The story goes that Daniela wasn't thinking about modeling. In fact, she was a mail carrier of all things. Then, Dominique Caffin of the Madison agency spotted her at a theater. That's the way it always happens, right?

Daniela Pestova

Well, the story is a bit more unusual than that once you get into the details, because Daniela was already 19 years old at the time. Most models, especially European ones, already are veterans by then.

Daniela Pestova

Some claim that Daniela did some local modelling beginning at age 17, so maybe she wasn't really 19 during her first gigs - but she was still "discovered" older than most girls who become superstars. Despite her late start, Daniela quickly made up for lost time.

Daniela Pestova
Daniela at the Prada Spring 1992 Ready-to-Wear Fashion Show.

Just getting spotted isn't always enough; usually, a model then has to prove herself worthy. The typical way to do that is to enter a modeling contest. So, Daniela entered such a competition, and won. See how easy it can be? Then, she signed with Madison.

Daniela Pestova

By 1991, Daniela was walking for Revlon. She got her first major cover, for Vogue Germany, in January of that year, and also one for Cosmopolitan.

Daniela Pestova
Vogue Australia, November 1995.

Everybody loved Daniela, but she still wasn't breaking out into the truly big time. To capitalize on her Cosmo cover, the following year, 1992, Daniela moved to New York City. It proved to be a charm for Daniela.

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“Daniela At Ease,” Glamour US, March 1996. Photographer: Andre Carrara.

Daniela quickly became a legend in the modeling racket. She was a spokesmodel for L'Oreal beginning in 1994.

Daniela Pestova

Around that time, Daniela began her long run with Sports Illustrated. She was in the Swimsuit Issue in 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2003, 2004 and 2006.

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Daniela Pestova on the cover of Sports Illustrated.

And, Daniela was probably in Sports Illustrated some other years, too, but when you get to double figures, who's really counting any more? She was on the cover in her very first year, 1995, too - that's considered special.

Daniela Pestova
Christian Dior, 1991.

Daniela was in the Victoria's Secret Fashion Show in 1998, 2000 and 2001.

Daniela Pestova
Angie Everhart, Naomi Campbell and Daniela Pestova.

When Sports Illustrated decided to feature Joanne Gair's body painting in its swimsuit issue, who do you think they called? You're right! It was Daniela Pestova.

Daniela Pestova

Daniela is one of those models who could have an entire wall... make that an entire room with pictures of all of her covers on the walls from floor to ceiling. I don't know if she does have such a room, just that she could do that if she wanted to. Heck, if you've got them, you go, girl!

Daniela Pestova

Just as a small sampling, here are a few of Daniela's covers over the years:

Donna (Andreas Ortner)

Harper's Bazaar Czech Republic (Matus Toth)

Elle Czech

Marie Claire Czech Republic


Shape USA

Elle Spain

Marie Claire, USA; Cosmopolitan, USA

Mademoiselle, USA; Cosmopolitan, USA

Daniela Pestova

Daniela follows in the footsteps of fellow supermodel Paulina Porizkova, another one of those models with the two recognizable names. Yes, Czech women can make an impact.

Daniela Pestova

Daniela has a variety of looks. She has the nickname "The Chameleon" as a result. Oh, in Czech, that's Chameleon. See how easy it can be to learn foreign languages?

Daniela Pestova

Recently, Daniela has been doing work with Avon and their Anew skin care products. She also appears in Nutri Advance, Luxe makeup and Celluvive ads.

Daniela Pestova

Daniela is signed with Trump Models.

Daniela Pestova
Daniela at the 2015 Victoria's Secret Fashion Show in NYC.

Daniela may have been married to Tommaso Buti - they are described as husband and wife in '90s shots, but it may have been an informal deal. She married Tommaso Buti, then the CEO of Fashion Café, in 1995, and they had a son, Yannick Fausto, the following year. The couple got divorced in 1998.

Daniela Pestova

Daniela's subsequent long-time relationship with Slovak singer Pavol Habera, frontman of Slovak band TEAM, definitely is informal, but with some formal results. They have a daughter, Ella, and a son, Paul Henry, together.

Daniela Pestova

Daniela also was in Peter Lindbergh's 2014 book, "Images of Women II: 2005-2014." If anyone knows a supermodel, it would be Lindbergh, who some claim is responsible for the whole phenomenon.

Daniela Pestova

While Daniela has not done much acting, she has appeared on numerous shows, including The Tonight Show with Jay Leno and various Sports Illustrated video projects.

Daniela Pestova

Daniela remains at the top of the modeling world with her timeless, classic beauty. That's pretty rare: most models hang it up after, you know, the first half dozen Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issues (I'm obviously joking, it is exceedingly rare for any but the very top supermodels to get that many covers).

Daniela Pestova

Sure, Daniela works hard to maintain her look - but that kind of pure beauty is not something that you can create, it has to just happen. For Daniela, it happened. Daniela, incidentally, has a daughter named Ella, born July 21, 2002.
Daniela Pestova

Daniela has well over 100,000 followers on Instagram,

Daniela Pestova

The Sports Illustrated people don't forget their top models, so Daniela made an appearance in the 2014 "Sports Illustrated Swimsuit: 50 Years of Beautiful" TV Special.


Monday, January 2, 2017

Romee Strijd, Dutch Angel Delight

Romee Strijd
Romee Strijd.

Victoria's Secret fans need no introduction to world-class beauty Romee Strijd. This Dutch beauty is an Angel - the highest rung of the Victoria's Secret hierarchy - who lights up the stage every year at the Victoria's Secret Fashion Show.

Romee Strijd

Romee Strijd is from Zoetermeer, Holland, a suburb of both The Hague and Rotterdam. She was born on 19 July 1995, which makes her a Cancer.

Romee Strijd Victoria's Secret After-party

Lots of people pronounce Romee's name wrong. It is Roe-may Stri-de. If you simply say Stride, you'll be really close, just let the "i" in "Stride" glide a little bit. And, put the accent on the second part of her first name - RoeMAY Striiide. That's just an approximation, so don't get upset if it's not exact. Believe me, I know all about difficult-to-pronounce names with a "j" that people just can't get quite right, but make the effort and Romee will appreciate it.

Romee Strijd

Romee was shopping one Saturday with her mom in Amsterdam when she was discovered. She didn't bite right away - she says she was shy - but Romee thought about it a bit and then gave the agent a call.

Romee Strijd

Getting her first major bookings at a young age was not overwhelming to Romee because she didn't appreciate how fantastic her success was:
I’d be in Paris to walk in a Louis Vuitton show without even appreciating what a big deal that is. So I don’t think I felt the pressure in the same way that I might have if I’d been older.
Romee Strijd

Romee got her first booking with Victoria's Secret through her agency. She says that she was in shock that they would be interested in her.

Romee Strijd

Romee first walked in the big show in 2014. She was an instant hit.

Romee Strijd

Victoria's Secret liked Romee so much that they made her an Angel the following year.

Romee Strijd

To date, Romee Strijd has walked in the 2014, 2015 and 2016 Victoria's Secret Fashion Shows. She is a pretty good bet to walk in quite a few more, too.

Romee Strijd

Among other achievements, Romee was on the inaugural cover of Dutch Vogue. Usually when that happens, it is just the start of a very long association with the publication. It would not be surprising to see Romee on the 10th Anniversary cover, for instance.

Romee Strijd Dutch Vogue

Romee's top covers include:


  • June Vogue Netherlands 

  • October, The Edit, Maxim USA
  • October, The Edit (Bjorn Iooss), USA
  • June, Style, USA
  • May, Vogue Netherlands (Quintin de Briey), Vogue Spain
  • February, French Revue De Modes

  • Victoria's Secret Swim, March 2015, Vol. 5

  • December, Vogue Girl, Korea
  • April, Elle Netherlands, Vogue Netherlands

Romee Strijd

Fellow Dutch lingerie legend and Angel Doutzen Kroes gave Romee some advice upon signing her contract:
She told me to stay cool and try to enjoy it all. Doutzen is a real inspiration, but I think everybody has to approach modeling their own way.
Romee Strijd

Romee told Fashionista that her first appearance at the Victoria's Secret Fashion Show in London was hard to top:
The first time was all so new, I didn't know what to expect. I got to see all of the Angels for real for the first time. From that point, everything happened so fast: I became an Angel myself! It happened two months after the show. I never expected it — I was 19 years old, and I never thought they'd [give a contract to] someone my age.
Romee Strijd

The 2014/2015 year was a time of transition for Victoria's Secret. Several stalwarts like Doutzen Kroes, Erin Heatherton and Miranda Kerr made their final strolls down the runway (and several others may have, such as Karlie Kloss, we shall see). On the flip side, many now-familiar faces began sparkling careers. Aside from Romee, these included Kendall Jenner, Gigi Hadid and many others.

Romee Strijd

Since first walking in the 2014 Victoria's Secret Fashion Show, Romee has walked for Chanel, Balmain, Moschino, Fendi, and other top brands.

Romee Strijd

Nothing compares to wearing those Angel wings, though.

Romee Strijd

In September 2016, Romee walked for Alexander Wang. She said it was a "cool brand." Not to slight the others that she walked for, including Michael Kors, which also are mighty cool.

Romee Strijd

Romee is friends with Taylor Hill, and they appeared together in the fall 2015 Juicy Couture campaign. Always nice when you can work with your buds.

Romee Strijd

Of course, Romee is friends with many of the Angels and other Victoria's Secret models now. But, at heart, she's still just an ordinary girl like everyone else.

Romee Strijd

Below, Romee with Behati Prinsloo. Renee spent the week before New Year's 2017 in Trancoso, Brazil with Lais Ribeiro and Jasmine Tookes. Nice, huh? That's what you get for being one of the world's top models.

Romee Strijd

Romee is very popular on Twitter and Instagram. Her Twitter account is incredibly active, but she doesn't have a ton of followers yet, so go sign up!

Romee Strijd

Romee Strijd:
  • Hair Color – Blonde
  • Eye Color – Blue
  • Measurements – (US) 31-23-33
  • Dress Size – (US) 31-23-33
  • Shoe Size – (US) 8.5

Romee Strijd

Romee is friends with fellow Victoria's Secret Angels Martha Hunt and Sara Sampaio, as well as runway model Daphne Groeneveld, who celebrated Romee's 22nd birthday with her in July 2017.

Romee Strijd

Romee Strijd

Romee Strijd - Boxing from Andrew Day on Vimeo.