Lima re­tires from Vic­to­ria’s Se­cret

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NEW YORK — An emo­tional Adri­ana Lima bowed her head in thanks and crossed her hands over her heart as she made her 18th and fi­nal run­way walk in the an­nual hol­i­day Vic­to­ria’s Se­cret Fash­ion Show, her long white feather an­gel wings gen­tly blow­ing as the crowd cheered.

A trib­ute video played Thurs­day dur­ing tap­ing of the ex­trav­a­ganza, declar­ing Lima “the great­est an­gel of all time” while Fat­boy Slim’s Praise You played.

The show will be broad­cast Dec. 2 on ABC and in 190 coun­tries around the world.

The Struts, Shawn Men­des, The Chainsmok­ers, Rita Ora, Bebe Rexha, Kelsea Bal­lerini and Halsey per­formed on the run­way at a down­town Man­hat­tan venue as 60 mod­els walked, in­clud­ing sis­ters Bella and Gigi Ha­did, Ken­dall Jen­ner and Win­nie Har­low.

Back­stage be­fore the show, the 37-year-old Lima, a mother of two, and other mod­els lounged in short black robes be­daz­zled with gold stars. They spoke to jour­nal­ists while sit­ting at makeup sta­tions and loung­ing on couches.

“I thought over the years I would get more re­laxed,” Lima, a blue-eyed Brazil­ian beauty, told The As­so­ci­ated Press as stylists worked on her long dark hair. “No, I still get ner­vous, just like at my first Vic­to­ria’s Se­cret show.”

An­other an­gel mom, 30-year-old Namib­ian blonde Be­hati Prinsloo, smiled wide as she primped back­stage. Prinsloo, who is mar­ried to Adam Levine, has been an an­gel since 2009 but this was her re­turn to the show af­ter two years off, just eight months af­ter the birth of their sec­ond daugh­ter.

“It’s such an hon­our to just be part of it yet again af­ter hav­ing kids,” she said.

Giv­ing birth gave her ex­tra con­fi­dence, Prinsloo said.

“It made me work a lit­tle harder,” she said. “It made me ap­pre­ci­ate my body so much, what it can do, cre­ate life and then, hon­estly, get back and do this.”


Model Adri­ana Lima walks the run­way dur­ing the 2018 Vic­to­ria’s Se­cret Fash­ion Show in New York.

Adri­ana Lima thanks the crowd at her fi­nal Vic­to­ria’s Se­cret show.

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