Our countdown to this year’s Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show has begun — well, OK. It started as soon as last year’s show ended. And word has it that this year’s performers will be Katy Perry and Akon.
Perry will have no trouble fitting right in on the runway — she more or less runs around in her underwear (or less) all the time, anyway. Akon’s newest single is called “Angel,” and so are Victoria’s Secret’s highest paid models. Parallelism, people.
Still though, it’s not the least obvious choice that whoever plans this show could have gone with. We can already see Candice Swanepoel and Chanel Iman walking down the runway wearing wings that weigh more than they do to Akon’s song. And there will no doubt be lots of Daisy Dukes with bikinis on top during Perry’s stirring live rendition of “California Gurls.” The two will join the likes of Justin Timberlake, Andrea Bocelli, the Spice Girls and Sting, all of whom have made very poppy appearances on the yearly special.
In another not surprising development for this show, Adriana Lima will reportedly wear the $3 million Victoria’s Secret Fantasy Bra, which is covered in more than 2,000 diamonds arranged in a starburst pattern. It’s as close as the company will ever get to producing a crown, and Lima was the most likely choice to wear this year, the first year in which Heidi Klum won’t be in the show since 1997. And while we’re sad to see her go, we’ll admit it was probably time for her to hang up her wings and turn over her jewel encrusted underwear to someone else.