Archive: Candice Swanepoel

Candice Swanepoel Chosen To Wear The Victoria’s Secret $10 Million Dollar Fantasy Bra

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Candice has been chosen to don the all-important Fantasy Bra at the 2013 Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show, this year dubbed the “Royal Fantasy Bra.” Created by Mouawad, the bra and matching belt features over 4,200 precious gems, including rubies, diamonds and yellow sapphires set in 18 carat gold with a 52-carat ruby at the center. Altogether, the thing rings in at $10 million.

It’s Candice’s first time wearing the coveted bra, which is always presented as the final look at the runway show. Claudia Schiffer was the first, sporting the inaugural “Million Dollar Miracle Bra” in 1996, followed by Tyra Banks, Gisele Bündchen, Heidi Klum, Miranda Kerr and Adriana Lima, among others.

Last year, Alessandra Ambrosio did the honors in a floral-themed bra covered in blooms. It was beautiful, of course, but we can’t help but admit how shamelessly excited we are for this year’s royal theme, done in red and blue with a proper diamond bow. Think the British royal family will approve?

The 2013 Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show airs on Dec. 10.

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Victoria’s Secret’s “Sexy Little Geisha” look sparks controversy

Victoria’s Secret is in hot water today after their new “Sexy Little Geisha” outfit causes a stir. The outfit is part of VS’s “Go East” collection, an “Eastern-inspired” floral print fabric plus a removable obi belt. The model poses with a matching fan and chopsticks, which Candice Swanepoel models. Victoria’s Secret claims the outfit is “your ticket to an exotic adventure”.

The negative reactions began several weeks ago. On Racialicious, Nina Jacinto took Victoria’s Secret to task for essentializing Asian identity and reducing “Eastern” culture to a stereotype of exotic sexuality. “It’s a narrative that says the culture can be completely stripped of its realness in order to fulfill our fantasies of a safe and non-threatening, mysterious East,” she argues. Done at the corporate level, “it’s a troubling attempt to sidestep authentic representation and humanization of a culture and opt instead for racialized fetishizing against Asian women.”

The Frisky concurred: “Considering the complicated history of geishas, repurposing the [geisha] ‘look’ for a major corporation to sell as role-playing lingerie seems a bit tasteless.”

Victoria’s Secret has responded to the protests, if only tacitly: type in the URL for the Sexy Little Geisha product page and it redirects you to VictoriasSecret.com. In fact all the product pages for the “Go East” collection, including the Printed Chiffon Robe we highlighted last month, now simply redirect to the Victoria’s Secret homepage.

What do you think? Does the outfit seem inappropriate to you?

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Miranda Kerr, Erin Heatherton and more ‘Angels’ show off Victoria’s Secret’s NEW lingerie line!

Miranda Kerr looks incredibly sexy in these just-released images from Victoria’s Secret’s latest campaign.

Wearing nothing but a camisole and french briefs, the mother-of-one and Orlando Bloom’s wife shows off her amazing body. Miranda has been an ‘Angel’ since 2007, and was the first Australian model to do so. She loves working with the company, and recently said, ‘They’re about promoting a healthy body image and a curvaceous image so, you know, it’s good, it’s good for us.

‘But I do think it’s important for anyone to have [an] exercise regime because then they feel better about themselves.

‘It’s just as much a mental thing as it is a physical thing.’

She added: ‘The first step is eating healthy. I predominantly eat organic when I can.

‘I eat extremely healthy because when I do, I have more energy. ‘I love spinach, avocado, lots of greens and broccoli.

‘I’m pretty much 80 percent healthy, 20 percent indulgent, because I don’t believe in depriving yourself.’

This year’s lingerie collection introduces the bust-enhancing Dream Angels and Gorgeous Lace Push-up Bras.

The U.S. lingerie brand, which has around 1,000 stores worldwide, is set to open a flagship shop on New Bond Street in London later this year, with further openings planned across the country.

Also pictured in this campaign are  ’Angels‘ Adriana LimaCandice Swanepoel, Erin Heatherton and Lindsay Ellingsonare.

PS: That leggy blonde below is Erin Heatherton – who’s currently dating Leonardo DiCaprio!