Adri­ana Lima thanks crowd at fi­nal Vic­to­ria’s Se­cret show

The Progress-Index Weekend - - AMUSEMENTS - By Ali­cia Ran­cilio

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 strut­ted, in­clud­ing Ken­dall Jen­ner, Win­nie Har­low and sis­ters Bella and Gigi Ha­did.

Ora briefly walked handin-hand with one of the angels dur­ing her per­for­mance, and a stage hand later fetched a piece of her gold jew­elry that fell to the run­way. Men­des was dressed in black and slung his acous­tic gui­tar on his back as he sang while Gigi Ha­did man­aged a huge para­chute-like set of flo­ral wings that caught the air like a mas­sive wind­sock. He sang “Lost in Ja­pan.”

Jen­ner took to the run­way in a black and sil­ver bikini look and a set of stiff black feath­ers adorned with glitzy stars. For an­other round on the cat­walk, she donned a tiny plaid kilt skirt with a mis­matched plaid train and bra as she smiled. Har­low, a new­comer to the show, walked in sparkly sil­ver with pink feather adorn­ment.

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,” the 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 honor 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.”

[PHOTO BY CHARLES SYKES/IN­VI­SION/AP]

Adri­ana Lima ap­pears back­stage dur­ing hair and makeup at the 2018 Vic­to­ria’s Se­cret Fash­ion Show at Pier 94 on Thurs­day, Nov. 8, 2018, in New York.

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