A full week after hitting Shanghai’s Mercedes-Benz Arena, strutting an extra-long runway in her underwear in front of 4,000 people, Josephine Skriver was still reeling from the excitement of walking in the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show. In the moment, she was fine, but now, just hours before the show has it’s television debut, a new sentiment has set in: nervousness.
“Always,” the model exclaimed when asked if the nerves come every year, even post-taping. “You do the show twice, so we always tape two shows. You’re like, ‘I hope they used that first part, but then that second part here.’ You never know what they are going to put in.”
Luckily, the excitement did a pretty good job of masking pre-broadcast jitters, as the Angel made an appearance at the brand’s Fifth Avenue flagship to promote their new collaboration with Balmain, which debuted at the runway show and will hit stores tomorrow.
Of the show’s far-away destination, Skriver said taping in China was “so fun.” “I had no idea we had this many fans out there,” she continued. “They were going crazy. They knew all the small details, like would wear little red pandas because they are Martha [Hunt]’s favorite animal. They had your magazine covers and knew your name. Coming from Denmark, I had no idea I had such a fanbase in China.”
Despite returning from a post-show vacation to Thailand just the day before, the Danish model showed no signs of jetlag, and was already in full hair and makeup at the 9 a.m. call-time, wearing a sequined bralette from the Balmain collection and posing next to the punk-inspired look that she’d worn in the show.
“They were maybe my favorite wings ever,” she said. “They were gigantic. I was like, ‘This is how I want to look when I go to heaven.’”
It was a look that she had worn for a situation that many, many girls might actually consider to be heaven: walking around in your lingerie in front of Harry Styles. “I mean, he’s the best,” she said of the show’s musical performer. “He’s so fun, and was giving it his all. He was such a great opener because he has so much energy, and I loved the song that he did.”
So much so, apparently, that she even contemplated jumping into the show’s fan-filled moshpit. “It felt like such a rock show,” she said. “I almost regret not diving into the moshpit, but I feel like my wings might have drowned somebody because they were heavy.”
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