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    • Victoria's Secret runway models pose backstage during the 2018 Victoria's Secret Fashion Show at Pier 94 on 8 November 2018 in New York City.
    • Shanina Shaik poses backstage during the 2018 Victoria's Secret Fashion Show at Pier 94 on 8 November 2018 in New York City.
    • Sara Sampaio poses backstage during the 2018 Victoria's Secret Fashion Show at Pier 94 on 8 November 2018 in New York City.
    • Bella Hadid prepares backstage during the 2018 Victoria's Secret Fashion Show in New York at Pier 94 on 8 November 2018 in New York City.
    • Victoria's Secret runway models react during the 2018 Victoria's Secret Fashion Show at Pier 94 on 8 November 2018 in New York City.
    • Candice Swanepoel, Behati Prinsloo, Rita Ora and Adriana Lima prepare backstage during the 2018 Victoria's Secret Fashion Show in New York at Pier 94 on 8 November 2018 in New York City.
    • Devon Windsor poses backstage during the show at Pier 94 on 8 November 2018 in New York City.
    • Kendall Jenner poses backstage during the 2018 Victoria's Secret Fashion Show at Pier 94 on 8 November 2018 in New York City.
    • Stella Maxwell and Sofie Rovenstine pose backstage during the 2018 Victoria's Secret Fashion Show at Pier 94 on 8 November 2018 in New York City.
    • Halsey poses backstage during the 2018 Victoria's Secret Fashion Show at Pier 94 on 8 November 2018 in New York City.
    • A model gets ready backstage for the Victoria's Secret 2015 fashion show in New York on 10 November 2015.
    • Bella Hadid poses backstage during the 2018 Victoria's Secret Fashion Show at Pier 94 on 8 November 2018 in New York City.
    • Behati Prinsloo and Gigi Hadid pose backstage during the 2018 Victoria's Secret Fashion Show at Pier 94 on 8 November 2018 in New York City.
    • Barbara Palvin poses backstage during the 2018 Victoria's Secret Fashion Show at Pier 94 on 8 November 2018 in New York City.
    • Barbara Fialho poses backstage during the 2018 Victoria's Secret Fashion Show at Pier 94 on 8 November 2018 in New York City.
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    Victoria's Secret runway models pose backstage during the 2018 Victoria's Secret Fashion Show at Pier 94 on 8 November 2018 in New York City.

    Victoria's Secret is a popular US brand of lingerie and sleepwear. Its fashion shows differ from the usual variety, as the brand invites celebrities and entertainers to take part in its events.

    Reports emerged on Sunday that Victoria's Secret might have hired its first transgender model after Valentina Sampaio had hinted at it on Instagram. She posted some pictures, accompanying them with hashtags "vspink" and "vstorm". Sampaio is a 22-year-old Brazilian model who underwent gender change surgery at the age of 10.  

    Last year the company was criticised for its remarks about transgender people and plus-size models when one of its executives said that such models should not take part in Victoria's Secret's TV fashion show.  

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