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The Victoria's Secret fashion show took place last weekend, and the controversy surrounding the event has been mounting ever since, despite the fact that it hasn't even been aired yet.

Ed Razek, chief marketing officer of L Brands (VS's parent company) threw caution (and tact) to the wind in his exclusive Vogue interview about the fashion show, which first began in 1995.

The public were less than impressed, to say the least, about his statements regarding transgender models in his 'fantasy' show, as well as his attitude towards Rihanna's ground-breaking Savage x Fenty lingerie show.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Razek was quizzed about the lack of diversity in his own show, which features predominantly skinny, cisgender white models, and had more than a few things to say on the matter:

"Do I think about diversity? Yes. Does the brand think about diversity? Yes. Do we offer larger sizes? Yes….Shouldn’t you have transsexuals in the show? No. No, I don’t think we should. Well, why not? Because the show is a fantasy."

As you can imagine, this caused major drama, as it appears to imply that transgender models are not part of the 'fantasy' world of Victoria's Secret.

Razek later issued an apology regarding his comments about transgender models, which wasn't received well:

His outspoken opinions on the 'fantasy' which excluded transgender models were not the only bone of contention. Razek also shared his own thoughts on Rihanna's phenomenally successful show:

"It’s a 42-minute entertainment special. That’s what it is. It is the only one of its kind in the world, and any other fashion brand in the world would take it in a minute, including the competitors that are carping at us."

"They carp at us because we’re the leader. …We’re their first love. And Victoria’s Secret has been women’s first love from the beginning."

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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"Everybody keeps talking about Rihanna’s show. If we had done Rihanna’s show, we would be accused of pandering without question."

Blogger and influencer Louise O'Reilly (@StyleMeCurvy) spoke out about the contentious chief marketing director in a tweet, which Bad Gal Riri LIKED.  The shade.

Her show featured a huge range of models ranging in size and ethnicity, as well as ability. Pregnant model and long-time Fenty ambassador Slick Woods walked the show while nine months pregnant.

Rihanna has yet to officially comment on the Victoria's Secret fashion show, but we highly doubt she'd be impressed by the now-infamous Vogue interview.

To think, it was only back in 2012 that Rihanna performed at the fashion show herself… how time flies.

2018 is a whole other fashion show ball game it seems.

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Last night, the 2018 Victorias Secret Fashion Show went down in New York City. 

Models, fashion insiders and VS veterans from all over the world descended on the venue, and among them was a selection of Ireland's most-followed influencers. 

Louise Cooney sat mere rows away from the runway with fellow blogger and businesswomen Suzanne Jackson, and up-and-comer Belle Azzure. 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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However, while models such as Bella Hadid, Adriana Lima and Romee Stridje sartorially stomped down the runway, we were more than intrigued by Louise's ensemble. 

From Revolve brand h.ours, Louise opted for a one-shouldered, semi-sheer dress with a split so high, the VS lingerie designers would have been proud. 

The stunning dress's midnight blue hue was off-set with a smattering of silver sparkles.

h.ours Candy Dress €206.00, h.ours Behati mini dress €216.00

Louise went for a pair of strapped ASOS heels and a bouncy blow-dry to finish the look. 

Much to our despair, Louise's exact dress, The Lilou, which retails for €184.00, is out of stock, but the brand has quite a few similar options.  

We're browsing in search of our part season staple…

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It is well and truly the end of an angelic age. Supermodel and all-round BADASS lady, Adriana Lima, has bid an emotional goodbye to Victoria's Secret after walking in their star-studded catwalk show for the final time. We'd sob too.

Lima walked in her first Victoria's Secret show way back in 1999, and has remained one of their prime angels ever since. She is also a fan favourite, with many on the internet referring to her as… wait for it… THE GREATEST ANGEL OF ALL TIME. (#goat)

She is retiring from the infamous lingerie brand at the age of 37, and we have no doubt that hanging up those flawless diamond wings must be a difficult thing for the Brazilian supermodel, as VS cemented her career as a supermodel goddess.

The veteran model received a standing ovation as she carried out her final walk, wearing a sheer, sparkling top, blue lingerie, feathered beige heels and those statement wings. She looked like a vision, as per.

Lima was understandably tearful as she waved at the camera, saying goodbye to her fans and fellow angels with the glamour and grace of a true #angel. We're not crying. You're crying. 

In a moving Instagram post showing her best moments from a compilation of 19 shows, Lima wrote a caption thanking the brand for all that they have done for her:

"Dear Victoria, thank you for showing me the world, sharing your secrets, and most importantly not just giving me wings but teaching me to fly. And all the love to the best fans in the world! Love, Adriana."

Lima is now a mother of two, and was the longest-serving Victoria's Secret model and Angel, as well as acting as a spokesperson for the company. She joined forces with them at the tender age of 18.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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She has stomped the runway at the lingerie brand's annual televised show every year except 2009, while she was pregnant with Valentina, daughter number two.

She had been aiming to walk a total of 20 Victoria's Secret shows, as People reported back in 2017; 

"Maybe more, I don't know. It's nature. I'm working out, I'm being healthy, so let's see how the body is going to turn out. But I enjoy it. So let's say 20."

However, this changed when Lima spoke about the long-term struggles of modelling, and the tribulations of focusing on body confidence while being permanently aware of what you look like.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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She posted on Instagram:

"I had received a call for the possibility of filming a sexy video of me to be posted and shared in social media. Even though I have done many of this type, something had changed in me, when a friend approached me to share that she was unhappy with her body. 

"Then it made me think…. that everyday in my life, I wake up thinking, how do I look? Was I going to be accepted in my job?"

"And in that moment I realized that majority of woman probably wake up every morning trying to fit in a stereotype that society/social media/fashion etc imposed…. I thought that's not a way of living and beyond that…. that's not physically and mentally healthy, so I decided to make that change," she continued.

"I will not take [off] my clothes anymore for [an] empty cause….. #Embraceyouself #natureisbeautiful #naturalissexy #LOVEYOU."

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Her body confidence post inspired many fans to speculate that she was ending her ties with Victoria's Secret, which is renowned for the immense pressure it puts on it's models to look a certain way, and be a certain weight. It notoriously only showcases one body type on the runway.

The VS models are put through a gruelling exercise regime and diet, which many find almost impossible to endure for more than a few years. Adriana Lima, as the brand's longest-serving angel and mother-of-two, appears to have felt that the time was right to hang up her wings.

We'll miss her working those stunning catwalk #LEWKS every year, but her career is still booming. Age and beauty standards definitely won't hold this gal back.

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It wasn’t just the Kardashian sisters who decided to dress up as Victoria’s Secret angels this Halloween.

Kim, Kylie, Kourtney, Khloe and Kendall all donned white angel wings and various forms of lingerie for their group Halloween costume. 

Love’s Island Georgia Steel also paid homage to the iconic annual fashion show by nabbing a look that was very similar to the Kardashian sister's. 

Georgia optred for a pair of white, custom-made feathered angel wings to create her Victorias Secret look. 

She wore a white bodyshuit with a cut-out detail, along with white fishnet tights and holographic silver boots. 

Rather than going full VS, Georgia added a deathly element. 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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The Love Island alumn added white-out contact lenses and dark grey eyeshadow to add a spooky vibe. 

The reality TV star partied the night away with pals Samira Mighty and Nicole Charbass. 

Looks like Victorias Secret is the them of this Halloween. 

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One of the coolest couples on the planet – Kings of Leon frontman Caleb Followill and Victoria's Secret model Lily Aldridge – are expecting their second baby. 

The couple are already parents to their adorable daughter Dixie, who celebrated her sixth birthday in June.

The pair, who have been together since 2007 and married since May 2011, are delighted to be expanding their family. 

 

SURPRISE

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The 32-year-old announced their news with a snap on Instagram, where she showed off her bump in a bikini.

The shot was simply captioned, ''SURPRISE'' with a lot of smiley emojis. 

Well wishes flooded in  from friends and family, with comments such as ''congratulations lily!!! I'm so excited for you'' and ''ahhh Im so happy for you!! I have been waiting for you and Caleb to have another beautiful baby. Congrats to both of you!!! Wishing you just the best and a joyful, easy pregnancy.'' 

 

Family FunDay

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Celebs flocked to congratulate Lily, with Rosie Huntington Whiteley posting lots of love struck emojis, Alessandra Ambrosio writing, "yeahhhh!!! Amazing … so excited for you guys" and Nick Jonas commenting with the praise hands emoji.

Lily hasn't shared yet how far along she is but we wish her all the best in her pregnancy! 

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For months now, Irish shoppers have patiently waited as Victorias' Secret sets up its first fully-stocked Dublin store.

The shop front on Grafton street has been hidden from public view for the best part of a year, and it's safe to say we're all dying to get inside the doors.

While an official date is yet to be confirmed, one blogger has claimed the lingerie store will open for business on December 5 or 6 – just in time for the Christmas rush.

Louise Cooney took to Snapchat to reveal the news after she reportedly received an invite to the big launch.

However, as Victoria's Secret have yet to comment on the launch, we won't be planning any shopping trips just yet.

But hey, this definitely looks promising.

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It's almost that time of year again – the Victorias Secret Fashion Show 2018 is just around the corner. 

Whether you tune in to spot your favourite models or to check out the clothes, the show is always a massive spectacle. 

Happening on November 28 in China, the show is one of the most talked about TV events on social media. 

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Every year, the showstopping piece of the show has to be the Fantasy Bra.

Iconic Angels like Adriana Lima, Candice Swanepole and Gisele Bündchen have all been tasked with wearing diamond and jewel-encrusted Fantasy lingerie on the runway, ranging in value from $1-15 million dollars.

This year's Fantasy Bra has finally been revealed, and it's prettier than ever. 

Decorated with vine-like jewelled embellishments and a drop-down necklace-style element, 2018's Fantasy Bra is one of the most striking yet. 

The stunning Lais Ribeiro has been awarded the honour of donning the $2 million bra this year. 

Lais, originally from Brazil, first walked for the brand back in 2010, and became a fully fledged Angel in 2015. 

 

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This will be her first time wearing the coveted Fantasy Bra. 

The model was stunned when she discovered that she would be wearing the Bra this year, after VS bosses surprised her with the announcement. 

Tricking her into thinking she was being hired for a regular Victorias Secret photo shoot for their new bralettes, the company waited until the last moment to spring the surprise. 

Now we're more excited than ever for this year's show.

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Up until now, we have been forced to designate our Victoria's Secret underwear shopping to our inconsistent trips to Terminal 1 in Dublin Airport. 

Long has the question been asked: 'Why is the only Irish Victoria's Secret at the airport?'

Seriously, we have been tempted to book ourselves a cheapo boarding pass just to get in and shop the goods.

However, the long-standing BT2 store on Grafton Street has been under renovation for close to a year now, as preparations are made to open a brand spanking new VS store. 

Calls went out for new employees a number of months ago, and those jobs have been allocated.

The store will be opening it's lace-decorated doors in December, according to VIP.

The flagship store is rumoured to carry the entire underwear selection along with the brand's PINK line.

Just in time for us to buy ourselves a Christmas present, we say. 

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The wait is almost over for a Victoria's Secret store in Dublin that isn't past airport security.

The all-American lingerie store has taken over the BT2 building on Grafton Street and will be opening in the coming weeks.

The store is currently hiring it's new batch of retail workers and lingerie experts, according to a sign attached to the store fronts construction barrier.

"If you are inspired by our brand, have a passion for customer service and love being part of a winning team, apply now," reads the company websites career section, which does not include the Dublin vacancies.

To apply for management and retail opportunities at the Dublin store, you can email your CV to ukrecruiting@victoria.com. 

The flagship store is rumoured to carry the entire underwear selection along with the brand's PINK line.

Fingers crossed for a Valentine's Day grand opening. 

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The Victoria's Secret Fashion show is still fresh in our minds, from the gorgeous outfits to the lush Parisian setting and that awkward moment between Bella Hadid and the Weekend, it wasn't a show we were going to forget any time soon. 

Every year, people watch to see their favourite models, be they Victoria's secret veterans like Candice Swanepoel or newcomers like Kendall Jenner. 

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There has been some pretty heated debates on Twitter as to who the best Victoria's Secret model is, and while we all have our favourites, getting a definitive answer might clear things up once and for all.

Luckily, data analytics site D'Marie has come up with an algorithm that has done just that.

The algorithm ""compiles over 24 specific metrics from each social media platform that determines an individual's ranking amongst other's in any variety of categories," a D'Marie spokesperson told Fashionista.

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So essentially, the analytics tracks the most popular and influential models and ranks them in order.

Wondering who nabbed the top spot? Here's the top five favourite Victoria's Secret models. 

1. Adriana Lima

2. Alessandra Ambrosio

 

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3. Taylor Hill

 

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4. Josephine Skriver

5. Lily Aldridge 

 

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Did your favourites make the list? 

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Thanks to the likes of Kendall Jenner and Bella Hadid, what we wear underneath our clothes has never been so fashionable.

Long gone are the days of boy shorts and extreme push up bras, with delicate lace and intricate detailing taking over when it comes to what we’re wearing under it all.

 

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Now, while it’s easy for a Victoria’s Secret Angel to get her hands on some to-die-for lingerie, us mere mortals can’t afford to forking out €20 on a pair of knickers.

 

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That’s why we're absolutely BUZZING about Penneys' latest additions to their lingerie range.

From sweet babydolls to lacey bralettes, these amazing pieces will have you embracing the underwear as outwear trend before you can say ‘Is this appropriate?’

Pink Tattoo Bralette – €8, Tattoo Thong – €4
Red Padded Halter Bra – €10, Love Range Brief – €4
Navy Tattoo Bralette – €8, Tattoo Thong – €4

 

With Christmas and New Years well and truly in the rear view mirror, Penneys are already looking forward to Valentine’s Day with some seriously seductive red pieces.

Love Range Longline Bra – €10, Love Range High Waisted Briefs – €6
White Tattoo Bralette – €8, Tattoo Thong – €4
Love Range Bralette – €10, Love Range Thong – €4

 

Who says sexy lingerie is just for those in a relationship? Research has proven that women feel more sexy, feminine and confident when they up their underwear game.

And every woman deserves to feel ALL of those things!

Love Range Bodysuit – €13
Strappy Babydoll – €11

 

With prices starting at just €4, there’s no reason why you shouldn’t be bringing these bits to the till when they land in stores at the end of January.

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Model Gigi Hadid has revealed that she suffers from Hashimoto’s disease, a condition which affects the thyroid.

The model faced online criticism for her weight loss in the lead up to this year's Victoria's Secret fashion show and at a Reebok fitness event this week, where her sinewy arms and lean middle were clearly visible.

The star told Elle that she didn’t want to lose weight ahead of the lingerie brand's fashion show in Paris, and blamed her medication for the weight drop. 

 

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"My metabolism actually changed like crazy this year. I have Hashimoto's disease," she told the magazine.

"It's a thyroid disease, and it's now been two years since taking the medication for it, so for the VS show I didn't want to lose any more weight, I just want to have muscles in the right place, and if my butt can get a little perkier, then that's good."

 

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Hashimoto's Thyroiditis can slow down the metabolism, cause depression and effect how a person feels temperature, usually making them feel colder. 

Treatment involves the use of a synthetic thyroid replacement, which helps the body re-balance it's weight. 

"You know, I've never taken a sick day.I feel that pressure of not taking time for yourself because you don't want it to affect your professionalism," the model finished.

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