This year Lais Ribeiro will have the honor of wearing the Fantasy Bra and she can’t help but get a little emotional.
On set at Pier 59 Studios, Ribeiro tells Vogue:
“You just feel so powerful wearing it—like all the hard work has paid off.”
Ribeiro has been working with Victoria Secret since 2010 but officially became an angel in 2015.
Ribeiro found out during fittings for the upcoming Shanghai show on November 20 that she was chosen for the Fantasy Bra – Victoria’s Secret’s annual custom merger of lingerie and jewelry that serves as a focal point within its televised shows.
She notes that not only was she surprised but she also admits she was overwhelmed.
“I had no idea that [the fitting] was for the bra. I came in and when I tried it I cried, it was unbelievable.”
Ribeiro began her career as a model after she gave birth of her son, Alexandre.
She grew up in a small town and honestly never dreamt of becoming an Angel or even walking on a runway.
Instead, Ribeiro said she wanted a career where she could help people:
“I was going to school to be a nurse and then everything happened very fast.”
Ribeiro entered a local modeling contest and that’s where her career began and she credits Angel Adriana Lima for taking her under her wing.
“Adriana knows herself. She’s very strong, powerful, and sexy. It’s inspiring—she helped me a lot in the beginning of my career.”
This year’s Fantasy Bra consists of gold leaves and sapphires and comes with its own bejeweled belt.
And Ribeiro is especially excited because she will be having her family front and center to cheer her on.
“I have my brother and my dad there so it’s going to be very special for me and I can’t wait to see their faces when I’m walking down the runway and just see their reaction!”