‘I Thought I Was Going To Flash Someone!’
Stella maxwell lifts the lid on the pre-show ritual she shares with her fellow Angels
If you thought choosing what to wear to work was a tough job, try being a Victoria’s Secret Angel. With all eyes on the stellar line-up from the restroom to the runway at the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show, the models face extreme pressure to get it right. And it turns out Belgian beauty Stella Maxwell, 26, is just as critical of her own performance when she gets to work. ‘The second show was the better one – we knew what was coming up. We knew what we were doing,’ she tells Look after the finale at Paris’s Grand Palais. With the audience fixated on every inch of every outfit, the Angels have to resist temptation to give them a tweak. ‘The bejewelled, sheer body suit was my favourite,’ says Stella, ‘but I felt like it started to ride down my body. I had this feeling to try to pull it up, but then I was
like: “Don’t start doing that on the runway!” But it was epic and I don’t think you could see it falling down, so it was all good.’
It’s no understatement to describe the fashion show as spectacular. Lady Gaga joined the 51 Angels and Stella was full of adoration for the Poker Face hit-maker, who grabbed her hand as she strutted past in brown suede booties and a yellow lingerie set, teamed with a lederhosen-style skirt, matching suspenders and an array of feathers adorning her back. Here, Stella reveals just what it takes to earn those prestigious wings…
Do you work out harder in the run-up to the show? Yes, I was working out every day for two weeks. I wouldn’t do that usually. I mean, I still have a lot of other shoots to do, but this is such fun and everyone loves it. Do you and the girls have any pre-show rituals? We wish each other good luck and give one another compliments. We say: ‘You look sick,’ and ‘You’re gonna kill it!’ Elsa [Hosk] and I were sitting next to each other and she was like: ‘You look amazing,’ and I was like: ‘No, you look amazing!’ Where you nervous? No, not really. I was feeling good as I was enjoying it so much. I didn’t let the nerves get to me this time. Do you share workout tips with each other? If so, what’s your top one? Jasmine [Tookes] was telling me about ankle weights, as I’ve never worked out with them. She was telling me to do the same exercises but with the weights to make it harder and more effective, so now I use them. To tone up, my trainer makes me use bands around my knees and ankles, and then I do squats. When it burns, you know you’re doing it right. Are there any foods you avoid before the show? Generally, all year round I’m in shape and I work out, so I just eat healthily to complement that lifestyle. I drink juices. I do yoga. I eat a lot of protein. I also eat everything in moderation and don’t avoid anything. Beets and carrots go into my favourite juice – oh, and apples. What do you have for breakfast, lunch and dinner the day before? For breakfast I’ll have a protein shake, scrambled egg and avocado, then a chicken Caesar salad for lunch and sushi for dinner. Do you get facials before the show? I didn’t have the oxygen facial, but Bella [Hadid]did and she said it was amazing. I try to not play around with my skin too much before an event in case it breaks out. Everyone’s skin is different. A product that makes your skin glow? I love Max Factor’s Creamy Blush – it really highlights the right part of the cheek. Is there any rivalry between the girls? No! It’s so nice. There isn’t anyone that doesn’t fit in. We all gel really well. Which celeb would love to spot on the front row? I don’t really think about the front row. I just think about what I’m doing. If you were going to design your own wings, what would they be like? Black, lacy and tight – super-sexy. They wouldn’t be that big, though. It’s not about size but how pretty they look.
Stella with Look’s Lydia