I’m mainly excited to goof off with [cohost] John Cena. I feel like he has to lift me at some point; that is necessary. I’ve never hosted anything live like this, so I’m a little nervous.For the red carpet I’m wearing aVersace dress, which was the first one I tried on. It’s a little mini and it’s sexy, fun and colorful. It’s always really hot at the Teen Choice awards, so you want to stay cool. For the show I have five costume changes for all the sketches. We’ll see if I end up wearing all of them.Dressing appropriately for the event is always key, and so is knowing your audience. The most important thing I’d encourage people to do is to not get too caught up in what designer they are wearing. Sometimes it’s not about the biggest name you can wear, it’s about what fits you best. Fit is really important. I’ve been lucky to be able to wear designers like Versace, but I’ve also worn H&M on a red carpet.
Talk about a stairway to heaven.Of the 10 women named to Forbes’ 2012 list of the highest-earning models, six are or have been Victoria’s Secret Angels, the elite group of models selected not only for their considerable physical beauty but also for their personalities — and their ability to sell underwear and swimwear to women across the globe.This story first appeared in the January 28, 2013 issue of WWD. Subscribe Today.“Becoming an Angel significantly increases a model’s earning potential due to their visibility around the world,” said Richard Habberley at DNA Model Management, which represents Ambrosio, Kroes and Lindsay Ellingson, another VS Angel. “It changes the girls’ careers completely.”
Carole White, founder of Premier Model Management in London, said, “It was the most massive thing that could have happened to Miranda Kerr. It made her name. Who had heard of her before Victoria’s Secret? They are great at taking a girl — a good-looking model, but a catalogue model — and launching her into the stratosphere. It’s like a modeling medal.”But Habberley noted that selling bras and undies can be a tricky business.“The merchants drive the decisions on the Angels. They [Victoria’s Secret] try the girls out, and certain girls sell product. They’re women that appeal to other women. And they’re special because they never appear in men’s magazines. Once you start to do that, they become threatening [to potential female customers],” said Habberley.