Other things to look forward to at this year’s show include performances by Lady Gaga, Bruno Mars, and the Weeknd (can’t wait to see him interact onstage with Bella (in full Angel mode), plus VS comebacks by Karlie Kloss and Liu Wen. With all eyes on the blockbuster broadcast, which will be televised December 5 on CBS, the Victoria’s Secret show is easily considered the Super Bowl of modeling. It’s the only consumer-facing runway show beamed out to the masses on such a large scale. For little girls tuning in everywhere (who wouldn’t otherwise have exposure to fashion shows), this is their formative notion of what modeling is. Therefore, the casting of the show is more important than you might think.
From a sociology standpoint, one of the roster’s major improvements was the increase in women of color walking this year’s show. (Props to longtime casting director John Pfeiffer.) More specifically, black models. I was ecstatic to see rookies of the year like Dilone and Lameka Fox make the cut, not to mention Saint Laurent exclusive Jourdana Phillips, and brand newbie Zuri Tibby. Speaking of newcomers, other noteworthy additions to the VS family include: the Hadids (pretty much a given, but Bella’s body is looking insane lately), sex pot Irina Shayk, curly-haired cutie Alanna Arrington; and a handful of other industry staples finally getting their dues—such as Herieth Paul, Georgia Fowler, Camille Rowe, and Xiao Wen Ju.