British Burberry model Cara Delevingne on the catwalk, making her Victoria’s Secret debut Photo: GETTY

Manhattan’s 69th Regiment Armory played host to the thrilling 2012 Victoria’s Secret show. The show witnessed 65 costumes run the walkway on the most perfect and famous bodies of the world amongst which included British-born angels Lily Donaldson, Cara Delevingne and Jordan Dunn – the latter two for whom it was their debut.

The traditional display of Swarovski crystals and feathers lit up the mood and most noteworthy was Puerto Rican beauty Joan Smalls savored her tiger-print costume which shone in all its glory with glittery, fiery hoops for wings.

As Rihanna, Justin Bieber and Bruno Mars crooned to the models, filling the atmosphere with electrifying performances – Rihanna looking every inch as seductive as the models – the runway specilists graced the floor with the most amazing lingerie design collections ever.

Jourdan Dunn (left) and Lily Donaldson take to the catwalk as Rihanna performs. Photo: GETTY

The extravaganza was split into four segments: Circus, Dangerous Liaisons, Pink is Me and Calender Girls. Brazilian Angel Adriana Lima effortlessly implemented her post-pregnancy comeback (gave birth only 2 months ago!) in a red lacy two-piece and afterwards coming back as a sexy circus ringmaster.

Alessandra Ambrosio in the $2.5 million ‘Fantasy Bra’. Photo: AFP

London-based stylist and editor Sophia Neophitou-Apostolou (who’s also the collection’s creative director) styled the show.

The giant lingerie brand which has 1,000 shopping spots around the US and 2 recently-launched stores in London has donated, in the past years, $1 million to devastated hurricane Sandy victims.

Watch Rihanna‘s performance at the show


Pictures from before the show

Jourdan Dunn, preparing for her Victoria’s Secret debut, shared this picture on twitter

Heart-embellished ambiance backstage

Doutzen Kroes and Lily Aldridge looking effortlessly beautiful

Cara Delevingne and Sharam Diniz take a moment to smile before the show

Jourdan Dunn, Joan Smalls and Shanina Shaik strike a pose with Sharam Diniz at rehearsal

Paparazzi can’t get enough of Alessandra

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