Tuesday 11 December 2018

Are Hozier and Ed Sheeran the luckiest men in showbiz?

By Elaine McCahill

BRAY native Hozier must have been pinching himself when he found himself in the midst of some of the world's most beautiful women as he serenaded an array of models at the Victoria's Secret fashion show.

Some of the world's top models - known as Angels - took to the catwalk at Earls Court in London dressed in lingerie and large feathered angel wings.

Forty models were chosen for the show, including Lily Aldridge, Candice Swanepoel, Behati Prinsloo, Alessandra Ambrosio, Adriana Lima, Doutzen Kroes and Karlie Kloss.

The girls were serenaded by Hozier (24), Taylor Swift, Ed Sheeran and Ariana Grande on stage at the high profile event which will be screened on December 9.

But the Dubliner revealed that he didn't recognise any of the Angels before the show.

"I'm familiar with the lingerie brand and have seen shots of it. I know the show is a big fashion event to showcase Victoria's Secret's new line of sexy sexy things," he told Elle magazine.

Hozier performing the 2014 Victoria's Secret Fashion Show in London
Hozier performing the 2014 Victoria's Secret Fashion Show in London
Doutzen Kroes on the catwalk during the Victoria's Secret fashion show at Earls Court. Photo: PA
Singer Taylor Swift (R) performs as model Karlie Kloss presents a creation during the 2014 Victoria's Secret Fashion Show
Victoria's Secret model Doutzen Kroes and Alessandra Ambrosio (R) walk the runway during the finale of the 2014 Victoria's Secret Fashion Show at Earl's Court. Photo: Getty Images
Behati Prinsloo on the catwalk during the Victoria's Secret fashion show at Earls Court. Photo: PA
Alessandra Ambrosio walks the runway during the 2014 Victoria's Secret Fashion Show. Photo: Getty Images
A model presents a creation at the 2014 Victoria's Secret Fashion Show in London. Reuters
Lily Donaldson on the runway at the 2014 Victoria's Secret Runway Show. Photo: Getty Images
LONDON, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 02: Victoria's Secret model Alessandra Ambrosio seen backstage prior the 2014 Victoria's Secret Fashion Show on December 2, 2014 in London, England. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for Victoria's Secret) ***BESTPIX***

"To be honest, I've never seen any of these women before. I certainly have never performed with women passing me by, nor in a setting of that capacity.

"I've never performed like that. I'm usually stuck behind a mic stand with a guitar in my hand."

Sheeran, Grande and Swift also took to the stage.

The top models undergo intense fitness regimes in order to prepare for the show, and this year the lingerie giant hired professional dance coach Mary Helen Bowers to teach the girls to walk gracefully down the runway.

Brazilian beauties Alessandra (33) and Adriana (33) both had the honour of wearing the coveted Fantasy Bra, which is worth £1.25m (€1.5m) and is adorned with sapphires, rubies and 24-carat gold.

It's paramount that the girls look their best, and top beautician Jimmy Coco revealed that he used 3.5 litres of fake tan on the girls in preparation for the show. He uses up to three coats of tanner on each model which adds up to almost 40 cans of product overall.

Hozier's performance marked the first time an Irish singer has taken to the stage at the annual event which costs millions to produce.

The Take Me To Church singer also had another reason to celebrate yesterday as he is currently the number one artist worldwide on music streaming site Spotify.

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