It’s hard to believe that Victoria’s Secret
even bothers with model castings for its big
December show. It’s surely a case of cherry-
picking the most sought-after, hard-to-book
supers of the moment, attaching some wings
and sending them on their merry way.
But according to the show’s creative director
Sophia Neophitou-Apostolou, attaining Angel
status is a lot tougher—even if you happen to
go by the name of Alessandra Ambrosio.
“It’s quite terrifying for them,” Sophia said in an interview with Vogue UK. “They are provisionally cast by John Pfeiffer but the
final decision is made by the whole team,
sitting at this long table in a room with really
harsh lighting and they have to walk towards us and away from us. They all have to do it—even the contracted girls—and it’s incredibly nerve-wracking for them.”
“For the show, there is no retouching,” long-
time Angel Doutzen Kroes said in a recent
interview. “We can’t escape from the truth.
There are millions of people watching—and
even people watching live— so it’s really
important to work out a lot, which I do, and I
definitely change my diet.”
But Sophia is keen to dispel any assumptions
that being skinny is part of the deal, and
instead compares her Angels to sportswomen.
“It’s about being show-ready,” she explained.
“It’s really like being an Olympian—they have
to be in peak condition. It’s not about being
thin or anything like that—it’s about being
ready to perform and be the best you can be in that moment.”