Inside Tonight's Victoria's Secret Show

Show features Liu Wen, the first-ever Asian Angel
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 1, 2009 10:39 AM CST
Inside Tonight's Victoria's Secret Show
Liu Wen walks the runway during the Victoria's Secret Fashion Show at the Lexington Armory Thursday, Nov. 19, 2009 in New York.   (AP Photo/Jason DeCrow)

(Newser) – The Victoria's Secret fashion show airs tonight, and the New York Daily News is here to tell you that—believe it or not—getting into those $3 million bras and humongous angel wings isn't as easy as it looks. "People don't realize that there are about 20 layers of makeup on my butt alone," says one model, adding that one of her "looks," a 30-pound lightning bolt with sharp edges, required adding a 15-pound sandbag on her hips. The 38 models spend three to five hours getting hair and makeup done—at the hands of five stylists each.

One of the models using her share of the 100 pounds of body glitter on hand is Liu Wen, Victoria's Secret's first Asian model. The 21-year-old entered a modeling contest in her native China four years ago, trying to win a computer, and was plucked from a casting call by the Angels. "Of course I had seen the show on television. I watched it every year," she tells CNN. "But it was so different when I got here and got to meet the other girls."
(Read more Victoria's Secret stories.)

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