The Victoria's Secret Swim Special is a television special airing on CBS on February 26, 2015 and broadcast in 190 countries as well as going live at the Victoria's Secret website.[3] It cost $2 million to film.[3]

It features the Victoria's Secret Angels Adriana Lima, Candice Swanepoel, Lily Aldridge, Behati Prinsloo and Alessandra Ambrosio as well as models Elsa Hosk, Martha Hunt, Jasmine Tookes, Stella Maxwell, Joan Smalls and Jac Jagaciak. There are also musical performances by Maroon 5 and Juanes.

Another 'Victoria's Secret Swim Special' aired on March 9, 2016, featuring the Victoria's Secret models and musical performances by Nick Jonas and Demi Lovato. [16]

Background

Every year Victoria's Secret Angels and models shoot the swimsuit campaign. At the end of 2014, after the annual fashion show, some of them posted pictures on Instagram announcing an upcoming secret project. After rumors of a fashion show featuring the swimsuit line, it turned out being a television special.[4]

It doesn't feature all of the shoots of Victoria's Secret's 2015 swimsuit collection. Indeed, some pictures were taken at Saint Barthélemy, including some models who are not featured on the television special.[5]

One of the models, Joan Smalls, was born in Puerto Rico and lived there for 19 years.[6]

Then Angel Karlie Kloss wasn't featured in the broadcast, fueling speculation that she had left the brand, which Edward Razek would later confirm.[7] However, later the same year, all the featured models in the broadcast aside from Smalls would be revealed as part of the brand's newest Angels.[8]

Synopsis

The Victoria's Secret Swim Special shows Angels and models shooting the Victoria's Secret swimsuit catalogue,[9] including underwater shoots.[10] They also talk about their lives and careers, dance to the songs performed by Maroon 5 and Juanes[11] and are said to "tackle jungle treks, underwater shoots and overcome personal fears".[12]

Cast

Angels

Models

Musical performers

Reception

Kate Dries form website Jezebel compared the Victoria's Secret Swim Special to Jurassic Park and the upcoming Jurassic World.[13]

As for Alyssa Bailey from fashion magazine Elle, she found the opening of the Victoria's Secret Swim Special similar to the one of The Hills.[14]

The A.V. Club qualified it "unbearable".[15]