Everything You Need to Know About the 2018 Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show


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Welp, it’s that time of year again, folks, and I’m not talking about the changing of seasons—I’m talking about the Victoria’s Secret fashion show. Preparations are already underway, castings are complete, and the show is coming back to the United States! Below, everything you need to know about one of the biggest events in November—second only to Thanksgiving, of course.

1. It’ll take place in New York City.

The brand announced on its Instagram that the show will take place in the Big Apple, following a two-year hiatus abroad.

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Tag your Angels and get ready! Plus, get more #VSFashionShow via profile link!

A post shared by Victoria’s Secret (@victoriassecret) on Sep 17, 2018 at 10:01am PDT

As you probably know, last year’s show was held in Shanghai, China, and some women were reportedly denied visas to travel there, including Gigi Hadid, Katy Perry—who was originally confirmed as one of the event’s performers—Russian models Julia Belyakova, Kate Grigorieva and Irina Sharipova, and Ukranian model Dasha Khlystun. The afterparty was also allegedly shut down by authorities before midnight. The year before that, the show was held in Paris.

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So excited to have the VSFS in NYC this year!

A post shared by Lais Ribeiro (@laisribeiro) on Sep 17, 2018 at 11:10am PDT

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2. Your fave models are returning.

Veterans returning to the VSFS include Lais Ribeiro, Martha Hunt, Stella Maxwell, Leomie Anderson, Cindy Bruna, Georgia Fowler, Ming Xi, Grace Elizabeth, Devon Windsor, and more.

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New York New York #VSFS can’t wait!

A post shared by Stella! (@stellamaxwell) on Sep 18, 2018 at 6:38am PDT

It was also recently announced that Behati Prinsloo would make her catwalk comeback this year after skipping the past two years to give birth to her two children with Adam Levine, Dusty Rose and Gio Grace.

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We missed you in wings…CAN’T WAIT to see @behatiprinsloo on the #VSFashionShow runway again this year!!!

A post shared by Victoria’s Secret (@victoriassecret) on Oct 9, 2018 at 5:43am PDT

3. But there will also be some new faces.

In an emotional Instagram post, Winnie Harlow announced that she’s making her debut. “I had a break down before I walked into the most nerve wrecking [SIC] casting of my life,” she wrote in her caption. But she explained that once she got to the offices and “made new friends and saw old friends” it “already felt like home.”

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I had a break down before i walked into the most nerve wrecking casting of my life. I asked my driver to go around the block twice before i could walk into the @VictoriasSecret offices so i could re coup, and remember (while my trainer @bodybymato reminded me on the phone through sobs – thank you lol) how hard I’ve been working! I went in and made new friends and saw old friends and it already felt like home! We patiently waited while @ed_razek @johndavidpfeiffer @monica.mitro @10magazine carefully took time to get to know each girl. When it was finally my time, within my nervous storm of anticipation i changed into a black Victoria Secret set and stepped out!!!! I spoke to them about Jamaica, @nick_knight , my abs, and how i was beyond honoured to be given the opportunity to try out.. then I walked for my life!!!! I can’t believe this!! Thank you for giving me all the energy and kindness in that room! Thank you for allowing me to walk for VICTORIA’S SECRET! Thank you to my agencies @firstaccessent @womenmanagementnyc @women_paris @thesquadmanagement my pr @remibrb my agent @mannyuk and mama bears #sarahstennett & @thelilmisse for having my back supporting and believing in me! I love you guys you’re FAMILY!! Thank you mommy for praying with me everyday for the past 3 days. And thank you so much to my fans who have been pushing me forward to this point in my career. I’m so blessed thank you Lord!! IM WALKING THE VICTORIA’S SECRET SHOW! Thank you Vogue for the exclusive interview

A post shared by Winnie Harlow (@winnieharlow) on Sep 8, 2018 at 9:14am PDT

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Kelsey Merritt will also be the first Filipino model to walk in the show.

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WE DID IT PHILIPPINES!!!!!! What an honor it is to be the first Filipino to walk in the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show 2018!!! Ahhhhhh I can’t believe this!! Thank you soooo much @johndavidpfeiffer, @monica.mitro, @10magazine, and @ed_razek for making my dream come true!! And to my agents at @suprememgmt @nomadmgmt @romanyoung @david_kimm @marissasurmenkow thank you for believing in me and being there for me throughout this journey!! But most of all thank you to all my followers you guys are my rock!!! I couldn’t have done this without you guys. Thank you for your never ending support I LOVE Y’ALL para sainyo to!!! #VSFashionShow

A post shared by Kelsey Merritt (@kelseymerritt) on Sep 7, 2018 at 8:37am PDT

Other newcomers include Duckie Thot, Sadie Newman, Lorena Rae, Mélie Tiaco, Willow Hand, Yasmin Wijnaldum, and more.

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Super excited to announce that i am going to be walking in the VICTORIA’S SECRET FASHION SHOW 2018 !!! Thank you to everyone who believed in me (and who didn’t) @ed_razek @monica.mitro @10magazine @johndavidpfeiffer @victoriassecret for giving me this insane chance, forever grateful

A post shared by Yasmin Wijnaldum (@yasminwijnaldum) on Sep 7, 2018 at 1:15pm PDT

4. Alessandra Ambrosio will not walk the runway.

After 17 years of modeling in the show, she confirmed her retirement in an Instagram post last year.

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Words cannot describe how grateful I am to have been working for this amazing brand that inspires me and women all over the world. In my wildest dreams I would have never imagined doing 17 Victoria’s Secret Fashion Shows. Thank you Ed, and all my Victoria’s Secret family for making these memories unforgettable. Last night was so emotional to say goodbye to my #angel sisters but we put on the biggest and best show ever. I could not have done this without all the love and support from my fans. It gives me great pride to be part the Victoria’s Secret movement! I will always be cheering for you! Love you forever

A post shared by Alessandra Ambrosio (@alessandraambrosio) on Nov 21, 2017 at 3:20am PST

5. Bella Hadid, Gigi Hadid, and Kendall Jenner’s castings are still unconfirmed.

While Bella walked in the show last year, it’s unclear whether she’ll make an appearance this time around because she hasn’t posted anything and the brand hasn’t made an announcement. The same goes for her sister Gigi. Kendall Jenner made her debut for VS in 2016, but due to her contractual obligations with competing lingerie brand La Perla (she starred in its 2017 Pre-Fall campaign), she didn’t walk in Shanghai, and it remains unknown if she’ll return this year.

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6. The venue and performers have yet to be announced.

If previous years are any indication, though, you know it’s going to be a very over the top affair in the best possible way.

7. This year’s first designer collaboration has been confirmed.

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#VSxMaryKatrantzou…see it—and shop it—during the 2018 #VSFashionShow.

A post shared by Victoria’s Secret (@victoriassecret) on Oct 4, 2018 at 6:34am PDT

On Thursday, it was announced that Greek-born designer Mary Katrantzou would be collaborating with VS to make a capsule collection that will debut on the runway. The London-based designer is known for her whimsical, colorful ensembles and use of pattern mixing, so she’ll probably bring those signature elements to the lingerie.

A design from Mary Katrantzou’s most recent runway show in September. Getty ImagesJeff Spicer/BFC

Last year, the brand partnered with Balmain and sent a bunch of studded, punk-inspired looks down the runway for a portion of the show. So, at the very least, this year’s choice of designer is definitely a departure from that edgy aesthetic.


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