Supermodel Candice Swanepoel has been chosen to wear Victoria's Secret Royal Fantasy Bra at this year's fashion show. She will join the likes of Claudia Schiffer, Miranda Kerr, Gisele Bundchen, Heidi Klum, Alessandra Ambrosio and Adriana Lima who have donned the million dollar undergarment in the past.
The 25-year-old South African is excited by the propect of wearing the $10m bra encrusted with more than 4,200 precious gems, including diamond, yellow sapphires and ruby.
"They had to mold my body to be able to make [the bra], and I was really excited," Swanepoel told People magazine. "I tried to imagine after they'd done the mold, how would they make it, how it would look. My imagination didn't do it justice. My favorite part is this beautiful 52-carat pear-shaped ruby. Every part of it is exquisite."
"I've never worn anything this pricey, and we have to put gloves on when we put it on. It's kind of a big ordeal. The bra comes with two bodyguards and we have to handle it with a lot of care!" she went on to say, adding, "Definitely being the Fantasy Bra model is more nerve-wracking [than shooting swim] because it's a one-time thing. Walking around wearing $10 million does seem to make me a little bit nervous."
It may be recalled that "Fantasy Bra" concept was first introduced in 1996, and supermodel Claudia Schiffer donned the $1 million undergarment called "Million Dollar Miracle Bra". In 2000, Gisele Bundchen showcased $15 million "Red Hot Fantasy Bra", which is the most expensive bra and panties set in the world.
This year's Victoria's Secret show will be held at Lexington Avenue Armory, New York City on Wednesday (13 November) and will be aired on CBS on 10 December, 2013.