Love it or hate it, there's a certain "look" one comes to expect of a Victoria's Secret commercial — glamazon Angels strutting their stuff around a super-luxe space, wearing high heels, bold lingerie, a "you know you want me" stare, and not much else. Which is why we were so taken aback when we got an exclusive peek at the imagery for the new Love Is Heavenly fragrance and Dream Angels Bra collection — they are so not what you're used to.
The images reveal the softer sides of Angels Erin Heatherton, Lindsey Ellington, and Toni Garrn, thanks to an earthy setting, flower garlands, and a dreamy overall feel. It's like Victoria's Secret goes to Coachella and we have to say, we like it. Sure, we love our Angels all glammed out and powerful, but sometimes it's nice to see something a bit softer and more romantic. Check out this exclusive behind-the-scenes video of the shoot, then read on for an interview with the surprisingly down-to-earth Erin Heatherton about her beauty secrets, how she keeps her bod so bangin' for those shoots, and what's it really like to spend 75% of your day strutting around in your underwear.
"I love the 'bohemian' vibe and flower headbands. I love the feeling of innocence and earthy-ness. I prefer it because we were barefoot and outside in a gorgeous atmosphere in Miami."
How would you describe the new Victoria's Secret fragrance?
"The new Love is Heavenly fragrance is soft and alluring. The scent of water lily and mandarin flower smells fresh and sophisticated. It’s for the girl who likes to wear the fragrance rather than allowing the fragrance to wear her. It brings out the femininity in every women, so it’s great for girls looking for love — or already in love!"
If you could only smell like one thing for the rest of your life, what would you choose and why?
"I would want to smell like rose because it’s fresh and feminine."
What's your beauty philosophy? Are you low-maintenance or do you like to get really done up?
"Recently I love being low-maintenance. In the warmer months, you need less — a tan is your best accessory."
Have you picked up any hair or makeup secrets from the behind-the-scenes crew since you've become an Angel?
"I have the opportunity to work with such talented hair and makeup artists. They know how to get the perfect sexy bedhead look. I try to do it at home but it’s harder than it looks! There’s a lot of shaking hair upside down and hairspray. [They taught me] how to use dry shampoo. Even when your hair is clean, they showed me how to get the bedhead, sexy look [using it]. The makeup artists on-set also taught me about makeup contouring and how to apply it correctly."
What are the beauty products you can't live without?
"Dr. Colbert's skin care line — it makes your skin glow! I love the Victoria's Secret Beach Sexy Tan Enhancing Shimmer Lotion with Tint. Also, Oribe and So Sexy Hair products make my hair look shiny and full."
We've always wondered what your mindset is when you model lingerie. Do you have to psych yourself up to disrobe or are you pretty free of inhibitions?
"I’m free of inhibitions. I think wearing lingerie, it allows you to feel free and sexy!"
What is your number one beauty secret for looking your hottest before a shoot or fashion show? Are you a cleanser or do you just do a crazy amount of exercise?
"If I really want to look great the morning of a shoot, I like to go on a run and do yoga. It makes my legs look tighter and learner. I’m not into juice cleanses."
What's the absolute craziest thing that has ever happened to you while wearing the Angel wings?
"My wings were electronic and wouldn’t open at last year’s VS Fashion Show. I kept pushing the open button and they wouldn’t open, but I was lucky because the wings still looked beautiful. I think seeing myself in a commercial is always crazy for me [as well]. I get excited every time!"
Photo: Courtesy of Victoria's Secret