NEW YORK (CBS/AP) Three new models have earned their Victoria's Secret wings.
Lily Aldridge, Candice Swanepoel and Erin Heatherton are the newest models to receive the brand's "Angel" status reserved for its top models, and that means they got some of the best outfits to wear in the retailer's annual catwalk show, which airs Tuesday night on CBS.
At their fittings, though, these young women kept their eyes wide, their attitude humble and gave off more of the girl-next-door vibe than that of the jaded fashionista.
Here's a look at the newest Angels:
Lily Aldridge joked that she's becoming so used to walking around in her underwear in front of a crowd that it's beginning to feel a little "weird" to be fully dressed.
In preparation for the big, televised splash on the runway, the 25-year-old revealed she does extra sessions of pilates and kickboxing and the dreaded series of 100 crunches, leg lifts and rear-end lifts. She also tries not to eat sugar, she added, but she'll go back to cooking steak, peas and mashed potatoes, and playing shuffleboard when she visits her family in Nashville, Tenn.
Being a Victoria's Secret model was a longtime aspiration, she said.
"Every year, there's always a big photo op, and you'd see the models looking so pretty and so happy. Remember the year of the pink-and-white matching outfits as they stepped off the jet? I wanted that."
Aldridge went to a casting about 18 months ago, got a catalog gig and then won a slot in last year's show as one of the models in the teen-oriented Pink portion of the catwalk.
Her mother came to this year's show, taped earlier this month, when Aldridge wore a gingham push-up bra, matching panty and a one-shoulder, balloon-bottom mini-dress.
She said some people will now recognize her as she's walking down the street. But her boyfriend, Kings of Leon frontman Caleb Followill (who wasat the fashion show), has yet to see to see her life-size, pinup poster that previously hung in the window of the store in her downtown Manhattan neighborhood.
"Hopefully they'll put me back in," she said.
Erin Heatherton doesn't go on any of her globe-trotting fashion shoots without her iPad. She needs a constant, eclectic soundtrack to her work, fun and travels, she said.
Currently, Heatherton is playing a mix of Katy Perry, Kings of Leon, Hall & Oates, Tito Fuentes, LL Cool J and Tupac Shakur.
Most people don't put it together that Illinois native doubles as the glamorous model who wore a gold-warrior capelet and peacock panty on the runway, as well as a sequined boxing bra.
"Sometimes people know me when I'm shopping in the store, but, otherwise, I transform a lot with makeup. My look is normally almost boyish and very young looking," the 21-year-old said.
She's fallen in with a crowd of friends that includes several of the other Victoria's Secret models, and that makes her a little less nervous about the show. It means there's some fun happening backstage and maybe on the runway itself, she added.
"I shoot for Victoria's Secret all year, so every day I do that, I have to be at my best. That means I have to be sleeping, having dinner with friends and be relaxed. I am always eating healthy and working out - but I had chocolate last night."
Candice Swanepoel gets "in a zone" that's positive, upbeat and confident when it's time to model lingerie on the catwalk.
"Getting down to your knickers in front of the whole world is a little nerve-racking, but I love it," she said. "I feel very comfortable in my own skin, and it's our moment to shine."
It's the 22-year-old South African who has been the face of the runway show this year, with her face featured on ads, in displays and on the invitation received by celebrities, stylists and fashion editors.
But when Swanepoel gets the retailer's catalog in the mail, she'll study her own photos and look for flaws that surely no one else would notice.
Christmastime is when she'll let down her guard a little bit when it comes to exercise, but eating right and being fit is part of her job, she explained. The free time she does have is spent on the beach. "Being cold is not something that comes naturally to me," she said.
Because of that, her cold-weather uniform usually includes leather pants and several scarves.
She's also not a stranger to cozy, comfortable clothes that allow her to hunker down with her new Jack Russell terrier, Luna, and indulge in her homebody tendencies, she said.
Tell that to her midriff-baring gingham bra and bustle set covered up just a bit with a red crocheted sweater.
The Victoria's Secret Fashion Show, which features performances by Katy Perry and Akon, airs at 10 p.m. EDT on CBS.