Irish Stella shines at Victoria's Secret
Irish catwalk star Stella Maxwell will lead out an army of Victoria's Secret superstar models at the grand finale of the company's annual fashion show in Paris on Wednesday.
Born in Belgium to Irish parents Stella Maynes and Maurice Maxwell, the supermodel is one of 36 models walking the glitter runway at the annual extravaganza, which has launched the careers of famous models such as Adriana Lima and Gigi Hadid (who has yet to earn her 'wings').
The runway show, which began in 1995, now serves as the fashion world's Super Bowl. Viewers tune in from more than 180 countries around the world, and the spectacle is such a guaranteed ratings boon that CBS reportedly pays the company the rights to air the event.
When the 26-year-old Irish woman was told she would lead out the final section on the night, the model is said to have become emotional.
"Are you sure?" she asked in thrilled disbelief. "Hang on, let me pull myself together," she added.
Joining the girls on the runway for this year's annual musical performances will be Lady Gaga, Bruno Mars and The Weeknd.
Tickets for the event are highly sought after and can cost up to €12,500.