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.
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?
The red carpet at the CFDA Awards was brimming with the fashion world’s sexiest stars, including Supermodel Erin Heatherton. To get her show-stopping hair and makeup, follow these easy steps from Celebrity Makeup Artist Quinn Murphy and Stylist Brent Lawler.
Get Erin’s Bronzed Bombshell look by applying VS PRO Radiant FX Face Illuminator everywhere the sun naturally hits: forehead, tops of cheekbones, bridge of nose and tip of the chin.
Add height to the crown by back-combing roots and spraying So Sexy Style Clean & Go Dry Shampoo throughout roots and hair. Gather teased hair at the crown and secure at ear level with an elastic hair tie. To hide the elastic, wrap a small piece of hair around the hair tie and secure with a hair pin