Some new Angels show their wings on the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show runway this holiday season, and Taylor Hill is one of them.
Formerly a model for the company’s junior line PINK, she also was in last year’s edition from London … but she allows it’s different to join the official Angel ranks alongside Adriana Lima, Alessandra Ambrosio, Lily Aldridge (who wears the jewel-encrusted $2 million Fantasy Bra) and others as the event returns to New York’s Lexington Avenue Armory for its annual CBS telecast Tuesday (Dec. 8). Kendall Jenner and Gigi Hadid also participate — and since the special always combines modeling with music, Selena Gomez, Ellie Goulding and The Weeknd take the stage, too.
‘”It’s a very, very big deal,” the friendly Hill tells Zap2it of the 20th Fashion Show, “and it’s very exciting. I had the jitters coming into it, because I get wings and I get officially crowned as an Angel. But you forget [about that on the runway]; you try to focus on taking one step at a time, putting one foot in front of the other, and it all comes together. If you embrace it, it’s not as hard. Don’t think too much about it.”
Now in her late teens, Hill is glad others including Elsa Hosk, Martha Hunt and Stella Maxwell also are among the 2015 inductees as Victoria’s Secret Angels. “It’s so great to be with them,” Hill notes. “We’re all really good friends, we all hang out and we have dinners together, and we talk about everything. It’s an incredible experience to be able to go through this with somebody else … and not even one other person but nine, who know exactly what you’re going through. There’s always somebody to talk to.”
That also includes the veteran Angels, whom Hill deems “amazing. They’re so supportive. If you have a question or are nervous about something, you can just check with them and they’ll be like, ‘Oh, girl, don’t worry. This is what happened to me … .’ To have people who you can look up to, and who are there to watch your back, it’s incredible.”
Former gymnast Hill’s family has been a big support system, too. “My parents are my No. 1 fans,” she says, “and I have two sisters and a brother and they’re all extremely supportive. They love that I get to do this, and they know it’s my dream. They’re proud of me, and it feels really good to know that I have people like that in my life.”