The angels are back in town for the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show.
The annual show landed back in New York City after spending two years abroad, with international romps in Paris (2016) and Shanghai (2017).
The night marked the end of an era for one Victoria’s Secret Angel: Adriana Lima. The supermodel hung up her wings with an emotional tribute, retiring from the fashion show that made her a household name.
“The Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show Holiday Special” airs Sunday, Dec. 2 (10 EDT/PDT) on ABC, but we got a seat at the show Thursday at Pier 94. Here are the five biggest moments from the 2018 event:
Adriana Lima teared up during tribute
The show paid a special tribute to Lima, featuring a video montage of clips from her past iconic Victoria’s Secret moments. The video ended with a “thank you” message to Lima before the catwalk darkened and the model herself came out.
Lima, 37, strutted solo down the runway, visibly tearing up when she reached the end of the runway while the crowd rose to their feet to cheer for the supermodel as she walked in her 19th and final VS show.
Lima also shared her gratitude in an Instagram post Wednesday.
“Dear Victoria, Thank you for showing me the world, sharing your secrets, and most importantly not just giving me wings but teaching me to fly,” she wrote in the caption of the post.
The top supermodels continued their reign
Gigi and Bella Hadid, Kendall Jenner, Lima, Elsa Hosk, Candice Swanepoel, Jasmine Tookes and Behati Prinsloo returned to the Victoria’s Secret runway, continuing to flex their top model status.
Hosk was tapped to wear the coveted, diamond-encrusted Fantasy Bra, worth $1 million. Jenner and Gigi skipped out on the Shanghai show, but they strutted in their angel wings and long trains as if they’d never missed a beat.