The 2016 Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show (AKA one of the most Instagrammable fashion shows of the year) will kick off for the first time in Paris tonight. Fifty-one carefully selected models include first-timers Bella Hadid and Irina Shayk, as well as Angel veterans, Adriana Lima and Alessandra Ambrosio. Notably missing from the pack are Candice Swanepoel, and Behati Prinsloo who only recently gave birth. The runway lights up in the Grand Palais, home to many a fashion month event, to showcase the Angels and their enviably-sculpted bodies in bedazzled bras and twenty foot wings. The show won’t be televised until December 5th, but in the meantime, Vogue Arabia looks to the best backstage photos of the models being prepped and spray tanned to perfection for the 21st edition of the show.
Backstage makeup artist Tom Pecheaux leads a team of 35 makeup artists, who created this year’s sharp cat-eye, flushed cheeks, creamy rose lips and layers of mascara as seen on Grace Elizabeth.
Sara Sampaio shows off her expert makeup in a backstage selfie.
Joan Smalls showcases bombshell beach waves, in true Victoria’s Secret fashion.
First-timer Irina Shayk can hardly contain her excitement in this ultimate squad picture with Kendall Jenner, Joan Smalls, and Lily Donaldson.
Brazilian beauty Daniela Braga strikes a quick pose during hair and makeup.
Alanna Arrington models the 2016 Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show backstage robe.
Proud mom Kris Jenner shares a pic of a beaming Kendall.
Pucker up: Kendall Jenner and Josephine Skriver blow fans a kiss from the dressing room ahead of the show.
Brazil’s homegrown beauties Lais Ribeiro and Alessandra Ambrosio cozy up next to each other, or in Ribeiro’s words, “Brazil in the house.”
Click here to discover how Bella Hadid prepares for the Victoria’s Secret Show.