Models go head to head at Victoria's Secret castings

  • Victoria's Secret has released a behind-the-scene video of its most recent casting call ahead of its first ever show in Shanghai next month 
  • The clip sees models strutting their stuff in the brand's lingerie in the hope of being chosen for this year's show
  • 'We have such a rigorous elimination process you have to tick all the boxes with no compromises,' creative director Sophia Neophitou-Apostolou explains 
  • At the end of the video, the lucky models who have been chosen are jumping up and down with excitement while some cry tears of joy  

By Erica Tempesta For Dailymail.com

Published: 20:56 EDT, 17 October 2017 | Updated: 21:18 EDT, 17 October 2017

The Victoria's Secret Fashion Show is one of the most highly-anticipated event of the year with models from all over the world vying for spots on the runway, but only a lucky few make it past the rigorous casting process. 

Ahead of the lingerie brand's first ever show in Shanghai next month, Victoria's Secret has released a behind-the-scene video of its most recent casting call — and there were plenty of tears when it was all said and done.  

'I mean I think for every model the Victoria's Secret Fashion Show is one of the biggest things you can book,' model Robin Holzken says at the start of the video. 

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Big audition: Victoria's Secret has released a behind-the-scene video of its most recent casting call ahead of its first ever show in Shanghai next month
Big audition: Victoria's Secret has released a behind-the-scene video of its most recent casting call ahead of its first ever show in Shanghai next month

Big audition: Victoria's Secret has released a behind-the-scene video of its most recent casting call ahead of its first ever show in Shanghai next month

Strutting their stuff: Each model wore a black Victoria's Secret bra and matching underwear to walk the runway for the casting directors 
Strutting their stuff: Each model wore a black Victoria's Secret bra and matching underwear to walk the runway for the casting directors 

Strutting their stuff: Each model wore a black Victoria's Secret bra and matching underwear to walk the runway for the casting directors 

'Just everything about it, it's something I can't describe, and of course for your career it is really good too. Like it's Victoria's Secret,' she adds.  

For those who aren't Victoria's Secret Angels with guaranteed spots on the catwalk, being cast in the show can change a model's career. The brand is known to cast models one year and not the next, meaning that no one is a sure thing. 

Although Robin has modeled for Victoria's Secret, she was not chosen to be in this year's show. However, she was recently named a Sports Illustrated Rookie, meaning she will be appearing in the magazine's iconic swimsuit issue in 2018. 

Jen Rubinetti, a modeling agent from Women Management, explains in the clip that her 'least favorite part of the casting process' is when she has to tell models who worked so hard that they didn't get cast.  

'Just because you didn't get it this year, it doesn't mean you are never going to get booked for the show,' she says. 

Important audition: 'I mean I think for every model the Victoria's Secret Fashion Show is one of the biggest things you can book,' model Robin Holzken says at the start of the video
Important audition: 'I mean I think for every model the Victoria's Secret Fashion Show is one of the biggest things you can book,' model Robin Holzken says at the start of the video

Important audition: 'I mean I think for every model the Victoria's Secret Fashion Show is one of the biggest things you can book,' model Robin Holzken says at the start of the video

Pick me, choose me: For those who aren't Victoria's Secret Angels with guaranteed spots on the catwalk, being cast in the show can change a model's career
Pick me, choose me: For those who aren't Victoria's Secret Angels with guaranteed spots on the catwalk, being cast in the show can change a model's career

Pick me, choose me: For those who aren't Victoria's Secret Angels with guaranteed spots on the catwalk, being cast in the show can change a model's career

Anything can happen: Jen Rubinetti, a modeling agent from Women Management, says her 'least favorite part of the casting process' is telling models that they didn't make the cut
Anything can happen: Jen Rubinetti, a modeling agent from Women Management, says her 'least favorite part of the casting process' is telling models that they didn't make the cut
Anything can happen: Jen Rubinetti, a modeling agent from Women Management, says her 'least favorite part of the casting process' is telling models that they didn't make the cut
Anything can happen: Jen Rubinetti, a modeling agent from Women Management, says her 'least favorite part of the casting process' is telling models that they didn't make the cut

Anything can happen: Jen Rubinetti, a modeling agent from Women Management, says her 'least favorite part of the casting process' is telling models that they didn't make the cut 

Shake it! The women all put on an incredibly enthusiastic display as they strut out onto the makeshift runway in front of the team of people who will decide whether or not to cast them
Shake it! The women all put on an incredibly enthusiastic display as they strut out onto the makeshift runway in front of the team of people who will decide whether or not to cast them

Shake it! The women all put on an incredibly enthusiastic display as they strut out onto the makeshift runway in front of the team of people who will decide whether or not to cast them

'You know, we've had models who've tried out for years and then finally just something changed, something clicked, or they just happen to have the right look for that year.' 

For this year's auditions, each model put on a black Victoria's Secret bra and cheeky black underwear before strutting her stuff in front of Victoria's Secret senior creative Ed Razek, executive producer Monica Mitro, creative director Sophia Neophitou-Apostolou, and casting director John Pfeiffer.

Although casting can be stressful, Estelle Chen tells the camera ahead of her audition that it is important to 'just take it easy and have fun.'  

'Of course it is an important casting, but you really want to enjoy it because it is only once in a year,' she says before learning she has been cast for this year's show. 

At one point in the clip, Razek has a model go back and her walk because she is a bundle of nerves.  

All smiles: 'I came to this casting before, two times. The first time was a success and the second time was not,' Blanca Padilla (pictured) admits 
All smiles: 'I came to this casting before, two times. The first time was a success and the second time was not,' Blanca Padilla (pictured) admits 

All smiles: 'I came to this casting before, two times. The first time was a success and the second time was not,' Blanca Padilla (pictured) admits 

Feeling confident: 'I don't look like your typical Victoria's Secret model. But you know they took me in with open arms,' model Dilone (pictured) says of her audition 
Feeling confident: 'I don't look like your typical Victoria's Secret model. But you know they took me in with open arms,' model Dilone (pictured) says of her audition 

Feeling confident: 'I don't look like your typical Victoria's Secret model. But you know they took me in with open arms,' model Dilone (pictured) says of her audition 

Tough choices: Monica Mitro, Sophia Neophitou-Apostolou, Ed Razek, and John Pfeiffer (from left to right) can be seen deliberating over their final decisions 
Tough choices: Monica Mitro, Sophia Neophitou-Apostolou, Ed Razek, and John Pfeiffer (from left to right) can be seen deliberating over their final decisions 

Tough choices: Monica Mitro, Sophia Neophitou-Apostolou, Ed Razek, and John Pfeiffer (from left to right) can be seen deliberating over their final decisions 

They're all beauties: 'We have such a rigorous elimination process you have to tick all the boxes with no compromises,' Neophitou-Apostolou says of the decision-making process 
They're all beauties: 'We have such a rigorous elimination process you have to tick all the boxes with no compromises,' Neophitou-Apostolou says of the decision-making process 

They're all beauties: 'We have such a rigorous elimination process you have to tick all the boxes with no compromises,' Neophitou-Apostolou says of the decision-making process 

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'Go back and establish your walk and then just come to us. Because you came running out and you didn't give yourself a chance,' he tells her. 

Model Aiden Curtiss, who will also walk for Victoria's Secret for the first time this year, notes in the clip that 'it's kind of nice' to be surrounded by models who are in the same situation and can offer tips.  

'I came to this casting before, two times,' Blanca Padilla tells the camera. 'The first time was a success and the second time was not. 

'But that doesn't mean I gave up,' she adds. 'I think that was great for me actually to get a no, so I got really ready mentally and physically.'

Blanca goes on to say that she felt really good about her walk, and she was right to feel confident. 

Wanting it: Dutch model Roos Marijn de Kok (pictured) explains in the clip that she has been working with Victoria's Secret for three years
Wanting it: Dutch model Roos Marijn de Kok (pictured) explains in the clip that she has been working with Victoria's Secret for three years

Wanting it: Dutch model Roos Marijn de Kok (pictured) explains in the clip that she has been working with Victoria's Secret for three years

Owning it: Roos, who is pictured walking the runway during casting, explains that booking the show would 'mean everything' to her 
Owning it: Roos, who is pictured walking the runway during casting, explains that booking the show would 'mean everything' to her 

Owning it: Roos, who is pictured walking the runway during casting, explains that booking the show would 'mean everything' to her 

The brunette beauty, who looks strikingly similar to actress Rachel Weisz, will walk in this year's show.

Meanwhile, model Dilone says she knows that Victoria's Secret is looking for a girl who is confident, but she admits she was shocked when she got the casting call. 

'I was like why do they want me? I don't look like your typical Victoria's Secret model,' she says. 'But you know they took me in with open arms, and all the girls were really welcoming. So I feel good in my own skin and the way I look and the way I am.'

While they are mulling over their final decisions, the casting directors all agree that they have more girls they love this year than they've had before.

Amazing moment: Model Amilna Estevao drops to the ground and cries tears of joy when she hears the news
Amazing moment: Model Amilna Estevao drops to the ground and cries tears of joy when she hears the news
Amazing moment: Model Amilna Estevao drops to the ground and cries tears of joy when she hears the news
Amazing moment: Model Amilna Estevao drops to the ground and cries tears of joy when she hears the news

Amazing moment: Model Amilna Estevao drops to the ground and cries tears of joy when she hears the news 

She got it: Model Estelle Chen gets a round of applause after she hears the amazing news 
She got it: Model Estelle Chen gets a round of applause after she hears the amazing news 

She got it: Model Estelle Chen gets a round of applause after she hears the amazing news 

Happy as can be: Dilone did a little dance after she learned she would be walking in the show 
Happy as can be: Dilone did a little dance after she learned she would be walking in the show 

Happy as can be: Dilone did a little dance after she learned she would be walking in the show 

'We have such a rigorous elimination process you have to tick all the boxes with no compromises,' Neophitou-Apostolou says of the decision process.

For almost every model in that room, being chosen for the show is a dream come true. 

Dutch model Roos Marijn de Kok explains in the clip that she has been working with Victoria's Secret for three years and being cast would 'mean everything' to her. 

After she shows off her walk, Razek says he has a question for her Roos before he asks her to be in the show.

'Are you serious?' the model asks, and after he confirms the good news, she throws her hands over her mouth and starts to tear up. 

Roos isn't the only one who is moved to tears, and the end of the video is filled with models being overcome with emotion as they jump up and down with joy.

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