Gigi Hadid gets emotional in behind-the-scenes casting video for the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show

Fashion / November 9, 2015

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It’s almost V-Day!

The eagerly anticipated Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show tapes Tuesday in New York City and the famed brand has been releasing fun little trailers that reveal all the tears and tiaras that go into making the lingerie fiesta.

The most recent video, episode four, reveals the grueling casting process where the Secret honchos see between four to five hundred girls over two days and whittle that down to the lucky 47 who make the cut.

The girls are required to strut their stuff in their bra and panties before a long desk of executives decide if they have what it takes. More than a few of the models get emotional and break down in tears when discussing what it means to them.

Even Gigi Hadid is shown getting emotional upon hearing that she’s been picked to walk the runway.

As Collection Creative Director Sophia Neophitou says: “There is no room to hide. There is no airbrushing. You have to bring it.”

The scrutiny on these models seems to be even more intense than it used to be.

“Models are just no longer pretty cover girls,” explains publicist Fred Howard. “People want to know who they are, they want to know her background, they want to know what she does when she’s not working. They want to know her.”

It’s also a veritable United Nations event with girls from Russia, Nepal, Germany, Denmark, Peru, India and Holland trying out for spots. The execs are momentarily stumped when one girl tells them she is from Reunion Island. (A tiny French controlled island off the coast of Africa).

Episodes one, two and three show how it all begins and the arduous task of creating the collection.

The 2015 Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show airs on Tuesday, Dec. 8 on CBS.

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