9 Victoria's Secret Models Who Were Initially REJECTED From The Show
The equal measures of joy and jealousy that we feel every December certainly aren't foreign to us. Not because our sister got the gift that we wanted at Christmas but because the goddess-like Victoria's Secret Fashion Show models sashay down the runway, amazing our eyes but making us feel like trolls who live under a bridge.
So it would probably surprise you that some of the most famous of these ladies have actually been knocked back when auditioning to be walking lingerie. WHAT? But it's true. Look....
1. Gigi Hadid
Gigi is probably the biggest model in the world rn so it’s beyond shocking that she was REJECTED from the VS show the first time she auditioned.
She told Vogue: "I was working out every day, and I felt my body was really ready. I was healthy, athletic and ready for the show but I think that the only thing that got in my way was genuinely how nervous I was. I can’t tell you how scary it is walking into that room, it is so scary. You know I was so nervous and I think that that came off as shy. I wouldn’t consider myself the shyest person but you definitely can’t be shy when you’re doing the Victoria’s Secret show. I think that if anything it’s given me more confidence for next year and I can use it as an advantage."
2. Sara Sampaio
Harry Styles’ rumoured ex gal pal Sara tried out for the show twice before she was accepted. But third time was the charm and now she’s a regular on the catwalk.
She admitted to Vogue: "The first year I didn't get picked it was okay. The second time I didn’t make it, it was like a knife. It is something you work all year for and when you don’t make you it you really start doubting yourself. The third time I thought ‘I’m not giving them any excuse not to pick me’. This is a very special booking, you have to earn your way into it."
3. Elyse Taylor
Elyse has had quite the rollercoaster with the show, being rejected, then getting picked, then being rejected again. Unless you have the safety of being an official Angel, you always have to audition no matter if you have been in the show before or not.
She told Vogue: "I had gone one prior year before and not gotten it and then the year I went I got it and I think I went the year after and I didn’t get it. I think it means more when you are rejected and then you do get it. And so many girls go year after year and they don’t get it and put so much work into it for nothing. I mean it’s quite shattering and I’ve spoken to girls that are devastated, just crying. There’s so much that goes into getting your body ready and getting mentally ready for that confidence for 30 seconds while you’re at the casting so it’s quite stressful."
4. Bridget Malcolm
The model admitted that it took her a few auditions before she was given a spot in the lingerie show. She told Daily Mail Australia: “This was the third year I cast for the show...The first two years I was turned away. The first year was because I wasn’t in good enough shape and the second year I was confident enough to pull it off.”
5. Jasmine Tookes
She’s one of the most recognisable faces at the brand but her first shot at the show didn’t go to plan.
She told the VS cameras: "The first time I auditioned, I didn't end up making the show. I didn't take it personally because I knew I just needed to grow up a bit more. I was 18." Now she is a staple at the show, even wearing the Fantasy bra last year, the ultimate prize for the models.
6. Bella Hadid
Bella’s dream of becoming the first set of sisters to walk the VS catwalk, with Gigi, was shattered when she was rejected her first time around in 2015. She admitted to Paper Magazine: "I tried [in 2015 to be cast in] the show. but I think everything happens for a reason." She made it for 2016 and has been announced as walking this year.
7. Georgia Fowler
In 2016 Georgia finally got to walk for the first time after auditioning a whopping five times. She told The Daily Telegraph: “It's the fifth time lucky I guess. Determination, I guess, paid off but I suppose you just have to wait for your turn and hopefully it will then be an ongoing thing.
8. Shanina Shaik
Although she actually made it on her first go and walked in the 2014 and 2015 shows, Shanina was noticeably absent after that. She was nowhere to be seen in the 2016 shows and her mum posted a tweet with her condolences, leading people to believe she was also rejected from this year too. Boooo.
9. Hailey Baldwin
According to sources, Hailey auditioned for the show last year but didn’t make the cut and was forced to watch her besties Kendall and Gigi walk. But it’s thought that she’s going to be given a place in this year’s show so she’ll finally achieve her dream. She told the Daily Mail: “I want to walk in the Victoria’s Secret show. It’s every girl’s dream.”
- Caroline Fergusson