Since it was launched nearly fifty years ago, the Pirelli calendar has become on the most coveted calendars of all time. The 2013 edition is particularly special, though, because it is full of firsts. Now age appropriate Karlie Kloss has reportedly made her debut, war photograper Steve McCurry has been brought on board to shoot it for the first time and Adriana Lima has also brought in a new first.
Vanity Fair Italy released this image yesterday showing the Brazillian model pose for McCurry heavily pregnant, marking the first time that a model has appeared visibly pregnant in the calendar. The look is also supposed to be different with the models being portrayed as 'protagnoists involved in the support of foundations, NGOs and humanitarian projects' as opposed to simply celebrating their bodies in all their glory.
Yesterday Victoria's Secrets confirmed that their line-up of Angels is expanding and considering all of the pregnancies amongst their major stars like Alessandra Ambrosio and Adriana Lima, it comes at no surprise. The luck girl joining the impressive rooster is German model, Toni Garrn.
Even if you're not familiar with her name you have definitely seen her face. Her career started with a bang after bagging a worldwide exclusive with Calvin Klein and ever since she has walked for everyone from Prada to Jil Stuart and everyone in between as well as catalogues for retailers like H&M. Despite having such high profile fashion jobs in the past becoming a Victoria's Secret spokesperson deal is a big gig for any model.
There must be something in the water at Victoria's Secret headquarters. While most mums take a while to get their post-baby bodies back and don't even think about going back to work, the opposite is true for the Angels. Heidi Klum was the first to start it off as she was back to work and walked in the Victoria's Secret show weeks after giving birth and the same was true for Adriana Lima, Doutzen Kroes and Miranda Kerr.
This week heavily pregnant Alessandra Ambrosio made it clear that she too has no plans of slowing down. 'I already have jobs planned for afterwards so hopefully will be back in shape! I told my booker and my manager; 'I know I have a job to do, so just book the jobs and hopefully it'll be fine,' she told Vogue.com. 'I only have a few more jobs to do before I have the baby — all editorial, no more catwalk now — and then I hope to be back in London for the opening of the Victoria's Secret store in July. I should definitely be back for the next Victoria's Secret show — I have quite a while until then.'
I am just about the only person that hasn't fallen in love with the Carine Roitfeld-styled Jennifer Lopez cover for V magazine, but this editorial featuring Adriana Lima and Doutzen Kroes in the sports themed issue definitely makes up for it. The Victoria's Secret models show off their enviable post-baby bodies in the Mario Testino-shot editorial wearing lingerie pieces styled by Nicola Formichetti.
Adriana Lima was in the hot seat recently over her dieting habits in the run up the Victoria's Secret shows. In an interview with the Telegraph she explained how she goes on a liquid diet for nine days, stops drinking 12 hours before the show to "dry out" and works with a trainer twice a day for the three weeks leading up to show day.
As you would expect, her confession didn't go down to well prompting her to make a statement yesterday. “I know it’s very intense but … I just have an athlete’s mind and I appreciate doing this thing,” she told E!. “It’s not that I do crazy diets throughout the year. I just do it for this particular thing. After this show, I become normal again.”
We've been talking about it for the past month and yesterday finally saw Victoria's Secret host their annual catwalk show. Kanye West and Jay-Z were the suprise performers of the night in addition to Maroon 5 and Nicki Minaj who had both already been confirmed.
Guests at the after party ranged from Donna Karan and Carine Roitfeld to Nicky Hilton and Lala Vazquez and Joan Smalls gets my vote for the best dressed Angel on the night.
Anyone that follows DKNY PR girl on Twitter will know that Donna Karan is currently in Haiti. The designer has chosen the country as the backdrop for the S/S12 Donna Karan campaign, which makes sense considering that it was the main source of inspiration for the collection.
Just to get you excited about the big reveal, enjoy these behind-the-scenes images from the campaign shoot starring Adriana Lima.
Last night Victoria's Secret held a party to celebrate their SWIM 2011 catalogue at Club L in LA. Angels Miranda Kerr, Alessandra Ambrosio and Adriana Lima all attended the event showing off their svelte post-baby physiques.
This was Kerr's second big appearance since giving birth to baby Flynn three months ago - she walked in the Balenciaga show last month - and comes a week after fellow Angel, Doutzen Kroes, showed off her back-to-normal body on the beach in Miami eight weeks after giving birth to son Phyllon
Solange Knowles, Kim Kardashian and Robin Antin were all in attendance.
That's definitely the question on all of our minds. Last week, it was revealed that Carine Roitfeld wasn't attending the Victoria's Secret show just to enjoy the collection. She was allegedly there to scout models for a big Vogue Paris editorial.
According to The Imagist: "[Roitfeld didn't just want] a dose of good old American spectacle. Let's just say there's a veeeery sexy Inez and Vinoodh edit abrewing for Vogue Paris. Extra points to the gossip gurl who can suss out who the cast for that booking will be. There's said to be at least 3 angels (past n present) in the mix." As Fashionologie reports, jewellery designer Rodrigo Otazu recently Tweeted: "Busy morning with French Vogue shoot [sic] today with top models Karolina Kurkova, Lily Donaldson, Adriana Lima and Izabel Goulart."
After 13 years Heidi Klum has decided to part ways from Victoria's Secret and focus on other ventures. Many expected Klum to take her final bow in the brand's upcoming show in November but the model has since confirmed that she won't be taking part.
"All good things have to come to an end," she said when the news was announced. "I will always love Victoria's Secret. It has been an absolutely amazing time." So who will walk in the show next month? Adriana Lima, Alessandra Ambrosio, Miranda Kerr and Doutzen Kroes are the only Angels left but with the latter two being pregnant will we see a temporary shift in the line-up?