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The anything-goes era: 1995 to 1998

The first Victoria's Secret Fashion Show was all about straight blowouts; a handful of models even had short, sleek bob haircuts. For several years after that, each girl who stepped onto the runway had a different hairstyle. Some had long waves similar to what we now associate with the Victoria's Secret Angels, but others wore boyish crops (Helena Christensen), curls (Naomi Campbell), shoulder-length hair with flipped-up ends (Rebecca Romijn), even a side ponytail (Tyra Banks).

2016 Victoria's Secret Fashion Show: How the Models' Hairstyles Have Changed Since 1995


By Petra Guglielmetti. Photos: Getty Images.

Just in time for nobody fitting in their jeans post-Thanksgiving, America will now gather to collectively gaze at barely clothed supermodels. That's right, the 2016 Victoria's Secret Fashion Show is just around the corner (December 5 at 10 P.M. ET on CBS), and there are plenty of new reasons to tune in—including a new location (Paris!), Gigi and Bella Hadid sharing the runway, and Jasmine Tookes in the most over-the-top Fantasy Bra to date.

Yet amidst all the excitement, cleavage, and bronzer, the essence of the Victoria's Secret Fashion Show is always that hair. Those voluminous, perfectly messy waves that are nearly as unattainable as the bodies on display. So synonymous are long, curled extensions with Victoria's Secret-dom that it's hard to imagine the models floating down the runway with any other hairstyle (and any momentary break from the show's runway-hair norm can cause a stir). But truth be told, it took many years for the lingerie brand's signature runway hairstyle to take shape. Let's take a little strut down memory lane and revisit how dramatically Victoria's Secret Fashion Show hair has changed since the annual event's debut in 1995.

This story originally appeared on Glamour.

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