Supermodel and new mum Miranda Kerr is making her Victoria’s Secret comeback, and this time she’s got some serious competition. Tthe dimple-cheeked model wife of actor Orlando Bloom, was notably absent from last year’s Victoria’s Secret extravaganza in New York.
While Katy Perry performed as a coterie of the world’s most beautiful women, namely Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, Anja Rubik, Candice Swanepoel and Isabeli Fontana flaunted their washboard stomachs and angel wings, Kerr was resting with a protruding belly and swollen ankles. At seven months pregnant, it was the first time since 2006 that she missed the event, which is televised to millions of viewers across America.
But on November 9, Kerr, who has effortlessly snapped back to her sample-size shape, will be the star of the Victoria’s Secret show as she model’s the lingerie label’s pièce de résistance – a bejewelled ‘Treasure Fantasy Bra’ worth $2.5m.
“It’s such an honor to wear the bra,” Kerr told People Magazine. “And it’s such a piece of artwork! It’s absolutely stunning — it kind of feels a little mermaid-like — but I can’t believe I’m wearing $2.5 million on my chest.”
The aqua push-up brassiere, created in part by Long Island’s London Jewelers, is handset with nearly 3,400 precious gems, including 142 carats of white and yellow diamonds, pearls, faceted citrines and aquamarines, all set in 18-karat white and yellow gold. The centerpiece features two white diamonds — each more than 8 carats — and two 14-plus-carat yellow diamonds.
“We put a lot of love into this bra,” jeweler Candy Udell told People maazine. Adds daughter Randi, “We put a lot of our most favorite elements into it, such as the tassel — it’ll be wonderful with her walking down the runway, the tassel swinging with her body. We thought about the runway show, and what would catch everyone’s attention.”
Joining the ranks of former ‘Angels’ Tyra Banks, Heidi Kulm, Gisele Bünchen and Karolina Kurkova, who have been bestowed the honour of modelling the ‘Fantasy Bra’ in previous years, Kerr’s weighty brassiere might be worth an arm and supermodel leg, but it won’t break any records for being the world’s most expensive piece of lingerie. No, that went to the bra worn by Bündchen in 2000, which was valued at $15m.
Kerr has been busy practising her strut on the runway recently during Paris Fashion Week – albeit wearing a collection of much more demure outfits than the VS team will style her in.
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