How to become a Victoria’s Secret Angel

Before we tell you the secrets on becoming an Angel, we would like to take a moment to introduce the newest member of our team. Bailey. She will help us fill a major void and provide Ansel and Opie with awesome copy for our editorials and a weekly column on Wednesdays. Bailey grew up in the quaint town of Eldridge, Iowa with a large family. A huge chunk of her heart is reserved by the elderly-most likely from working at a nursing home throughout high school. Fashion was always something she wanted to make a career out of, but never imagined it happening until her arrival at Iowa State. Like everyone else, it was a dream to temporarily leave the nest and study abroad- hint hint London College of Fashion. Her favorite quote is by Christian D. Larson reading, “Believe in yourself and all that you are. Know that there is something inside you greater than any obstacle.”

We are ecstatic to have her join the team and please enjoy her first article. Welcome Bailey!

Victoria’s Most Exclusive Secret: How to Become A Victoria’s Secret Angel

It’s that time of year again- the angels’ time to spread their wings and slay that lingerie. Indulged in their late night chocolate cravings via the couch, women across the country will tune in as these ladies strut their sexy stuff. As the highly anticipated cast of angels is released every year, have you ever wondered: how to become a Victoria’s Secret Angel? (Confidence, power, a killer bod, and a little edge never hurt anyone), but what exactly does it take? Step one: know the requirements. Accept the fact that if you are under 5’8”, you either need to consult an expert surgeon or shoot for a different dream. Step two: build a selection of photos of yourself. If a credible modeling agency is going to take you on, odds are they will want to know what you look like (duh)! Step three: put yourself out there- yes Google can sometimes be your friend. If you want to be noticed as a serious contender and well-known model, take the initiative to register yourself on some modeling websites. Step four: killer bod. Enough said.

Don’t wait until the night before auditions to host your own Krispy Kreme intervention. Step five: research when auditions are. Previously, auditions have been held in Chicago, Miami, New York, and Los Angeles. Plan ahead of time to arrange when you want to audition and how you will get yourself there. Step six: learn from others. Surprise! The internet can be somewhat helpful. Watch some YouTube videos of others who have auditioned and listen to advice they have. Step seven: work it girl! Show some personality and give it all you’ve got! Click here to watch interviews from this year’s ten fresh faces of the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show.

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Oxblood Fashion Show, the video

Last October Ansel and Opie styled and photographed the Oxblood Fashion Show in Des Moines. It was a great night and a terrific event full of entertainment. If you haven’t seen the images of all the looks, check them out here. Then watch the awesome video that was put together by Luminary Creative.

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Oxblood Fashion Show

Oxblood Fashion Show hosted by Royal Flooring

Oxblood Fashion Show was an amazing runway show with an impressive production. No detail went un-noticed. Hosted by Royal Flooring  and produced by Misty Blank. Ansel and Opie had the amazing opportunity to style every look and perform a live fashion shoot for the show. The best part was working with all the amazing talent, many of whom we have worked with before. Make up was done by the amazing Misty Blank, Shelby Stingley, and Tonae Monique. Hair provided Thompson & Co Salon Parlor. The illustrious models; Cecilia Adamski, Arjana Ejupi, Tamia Ayoki-Davis (keep posted for Tamia’s shoot), James Alexander, Jamie Henderkott, Meredith Torvik, and Megan Axne. Video provided by Luminary Video & Media Production. Dj and lighting by BCP Live (I’m sorry I forgot to turn off the projector at the end of the night) And a huge thank you to the all the volunteers and the Iowa State Fashion and Design Program volunteers, we could not have accomplished this without you. A huge thanks to Maxwell/Liebl for bringing all the talent to make this even happen. Special thanks to Velvet Coat, Francesca’s, Nordstrom Rack West Des Moines, Peplum and Paisley and The Boutique for providing all the apparel.

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Here are videos of some our favorite designers during NYFW. Enjoy!

Tadashi Shoji

“Every woman, regardless of size and shape, deserves to feel confident, comfortable and gorgeous.” It is this belief that drives Tadashi Shoji and his namesake brand. Employing expert techniques in draping, ruching and shutter pleats, each garment is masterfully tailored to flatter all figures. Tadashi also carefully chooses fabrics with stretch, such as luxe jersey, embroidered lace and featherweight tulle to render a custom-made feel. So, whether it’s a cocktail dress or floor-length gown, the wearer looks red-carpet polished, with all the effortlessness of slipping on her favorit e T-shirt. From the fabric to the fit, a Tadashi dress is infused with glamour and ease.

Public School

PUBLIC SCHOOL is a New York story. Designers Dao-Yi Chow and Maxwell Osborne, born and raised in New York City, represent the convergence and restless energy of the city in which they live and work. Founded in 2008, PUBLIC SCHOOL is redefining the landscape for menswear and women’s wear. Chow and Osborne blend high and low references from fashion, music, and art to create a point of view that is both unique and precisely detailed.

Chow and Osborne design and manufacture the full range of their collections in New York, incorporating fabric from the best Italian, Japanese and American mills. It is paramount to the Public School brand DNA that it keeps its production roots in New York, supporting local tailors, pattern makers and skilled garment workers. It is these genuine and personal experiences throughout the development process along with their design mantra ”finding perfection in imperfection,”” that epitomize the brand and its commitment to produce only the finest quality clothing.

Greg Lauren

Identity, image development, aspiration and the heroic figure,” explains Lauren, “are all themes that I explore in my work.” Following the success of his work as a painter and sculptor, Greg Lauren created his very first fashion collection, which debuted at Barneys New York in February 2011. Combining “forgotten materials,” as Lauren likes to describe the repurposed fabrics he uses, he was able to create a distinctly modern line that included deconstructed suits, shirts, and even tuxedos retaining the original features of the chosen material, such as grommets, snaps and button holes.


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