What the Angels Are Most Nervous About Before the Victoria's Secret Show

Jessica Chia
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What the Angels Are Most Nervous About Before the Victoria's Secret Show

Tiny clothing, high heels, what could go wrong?

By Jessica Chia. Photos: Getty Images.

Standing in front of a crowd is anxiety-inducing. Standing in front of a crowd in your underwear is a nightmare (I've woken up in cold sweats thanks to dreams like this). Walking down a catwalk in that underwear, in front of millions of viewers, on a nationally televised program, and having some semblance of fun while doing it—that’s panic attack material. Unless you’re a Victoria’s Secret Angel. Then it’s another day at work. But even the pros get preshow jitters. These are the nail-biters the Angels actually sweat before the Victoria's Secret Fashion Show:

The wings:

“I’m closing a section for the first time this year, and I’m wearing these huge wings. I’m so excited to do it, but I’m really nervous because I cannot mess it up. I just want to make the moment perfect!” —Sara Sampaio

The shoes:

“I have really high-heeled shoes in one of my looks—and the song playing during that segment is pretty upbeat, so I’m nervous about those. They’re platform heels, but there’s a strap around the ankle that’s not supertight. I think about it every day: How am I going to walk in those shoes?” —Jasmine Tookes

The poses:

“I’ve been going through in my head what I’m going to do. We try to practice, but my experience from past years is that you get to the runway and do nothing you planned.” —Sara Sampaio

The show itself:

“The whole show in general makes you get nervous and get the tingles in your toes. I have wings in this show now. They’re tall but lightweight, not heavy, so I wouldn’t know if they’re hard to walk with. You should ask Adriana Lima!” —Taylor Hill

“I get nervous every year during the fashion show. It’s a very intense and high-energy time, but once I hit the stage, all my nerves disappear.” —Adriana Lima

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