Victoria's Secret tapes its annual fashion show today.
The brand's famous models fuel the retailer's famous fashion show and usually become celebrities in their own right.
Earning a spot walking in the Victoria's Secret Fashion show is a highly complicated and political process.
Victoria's Secret executives rely on one specific quality to sell underwear, Richard Habberley at DNA Model Management told Women's Wear Daily earlier this year:
“The merchants drive the decisions on the Angels. They [Victoria’s Secret] try the girls out, and certain girls sell product. They’re women that appeal to other women. And they’re special because they never appear in men’s magazines. Once you start to do that, they become threatening [to potential female customers],” said Habberley.
In other words, it's imperative that Victoria's Secret customers like the models it features.
It also sheds insight into why the retailer famously rejected Kate Upton. Her constant sexy pictorials and commercials are threatening to other women and would turn off potential customers.
The brand also parted ways with former Angel Miranda Kerr earlier this year. Insiders speculated that her hot career made female customers feel threatened by her.
Erin Heatherton, who was prominently featured in the show last year, is also rumored to be out. Heatherton is known for her famous boyfriends — she's dated actor Leonardo DiCaprio and Browns player Jordan Cameron.
Meanwhile, the top Victoria's Secret Angels are wives and mothers who are often photographed with their families.
Being a Victoria's Secret Angel pays off. Eight of the top 10 highest-paid models in the world have worked for the retailer.
“Becoming an Angel significantly increases a model’s earning potential due to their visibility around the world,” Habberly told WWD. “It changes the girls’ careers completely.”
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