Welcome to the sexiest show on earth, the announcer intoned, marking the opening of the 2012 Victorias Secret Fashion Show.
Sexy? Sure. With 40 of the worlds most recognisable modelsMiranda Kerr, Doutzen Kroes, Alessandra Ambrosio, Adriana Lima and Candice Swanepoel includedswanning about in their scanties, it couldnt help but be that.
But the show is also noteworthy for sheer entertainment value. It brings together every manner of marvel, from acrobats to star performers like Rihanna, Justin Bieber and Bruno Mars. There are outlandish, gravity defying costumes onstage and bold-faced names (Alexa Chung, Poppy Delevingne, Alexander Wang) on the front row.
In other words, the show has everything a modern media consumer could desire, served up on a Manhattan night when snow flurries only add to the magic.
The lingerie circus in six acts began with a bigtop-themed scene. It opened with Lima sweeping down the catwalk in ringmaster tails and a top hat. Soon after, Karlie Kloss stepped out in Beetlejuice-esque striped latex thigh-highs and rotating target wings.
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