On Wednesday night, Lady Gaga joined all of the Victoria’s Secret supermodels and certified Angels, like Lily Aldridge, Alessandra Ambrosio, and Adriana Lima on stage to give the audience the show of a lifetime. It was obvious that all of the VSFS 2016 veterans were enjoying themselves, as they made their way down the runway in elaborately embroidered, laced, and bejeweled lingerie.
The Weeknd performed as his ex-girlfriend, Bella Hadid, took the catwalk, and many swear they saw her giving him the evil eye, but that could have easily just been a momentary trick of the camera. Bruno Mars also took the stage and, as always, gave a stellar performance. While it may seem that all of the fun was happening onstage, it is actually the behind-the-scenes secret antics that are worth talking about.
Lady Gaga’s Gift
On and off the runway, all of the Angels are great friends, and they truly support one another both personally and professionally. But, on this particular evening, none of them were expecting the incredibly thoughtful and sweet surprise that awaited them back stage after the show. According to Lily Aldridge, when the show ended, and all of the models were just calming down from all of the excitement, Lady Gaga surprised them by presenting each of the girls with their own personal single rose. As if the models were not already huge fans of the electrifying singer-songwriter, Lady Gaga’s surprise gesture for the VSFS models threw their admiration for her over the top.
VSFS 2016 marked Lily Aldridge’s 8th time on the runway for the prolific lingerie company, and every year she rocks the stage like it will be her last time. She commented on the kind gift from Lady Gaga, stating, “She waited for each of us to come back after the show and gave us each a personal rose. I love you, Gaga.” Most people might assume that because the Victoria’s Secret Angels have to work very hard on their bodies by following strict exercise and diet routines, that they would be pitted against one another and preoccupied with competition—but this could not be further from the truth. As the saying goes, the proof is in the pudding.
The girls are constantly enjoying themselves backstage by having mini dance parties, Snapchatting up a storm at fittings, and just generally having a good time together. Their camaraderie is evident even in the way they interact with one another and work together onstage. The older models have created a cohesive bond with the younger models, practically guiding them through the ins and outs of the fashion industry. There is no animosity or fierce competition among the Victoria’s Secrets Angels; there is only love and a close sisterhood of friendship. Although many of them are scolded for being too skinny or portraying unhealthy body images, the truth is that they actually lead very healthy lifestyles filled with good (not perfect) eating habits and rigorous workout routines. That is right; these girls do not just play hard, they also work hard for everything they have accomplished.
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