"Upstairs we all jostled to get a sound-bite from one of the throng of supermodels as they had their hair tonged, extensions attached, lip gloss painted and - in another area of the room - a "body specialist" contoured their bodies with spray tan. The interviews revolved mostly around what the models have eaten over the past few months, what they've eaten the last week, what they've eaten today, and what they will eat after the show. The ubiquitous questions about how Miranda Kerr, Doutzen Kroes and Adriana Lima lost their baby weight are regurgitated like, well, like babies' spit-up.
One television producer carried a McDonald's burger in her handbag. During each Angel interview she produced the burger and challenged the model to eat it. There were no takers.
The event itself is said to cost between $10- $12million to produce, which includes each Angel's hefty appearance fee. To get them runway ready, the company had on hand 50 dressers, 22 makeup artists, 22 hairdressers, seven body people or "groomers" (which means spray tanning and oiling the limbs to make them shine) and two manicurists.
The Angels were all dressed in hot pink silky robes, with Swarovski crystal wings studded on the back. There were standard issue pink flip flops. They are instructed to talk as much as possible to the press and give enthusiastic interviews about what it means to be an Angel. Then, without a word of warning, one of the Angels, Candice Swanepoel dropped her robe and stalked, like a flamingo, up and down the room past the two long rows of makeup stations.
This was no ordinary, demure runway walk: this is a walk that requires one's hips to be almost dislocated - all wiggling bottom, jutting out hips, back arched and camp posing".
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