Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Kris Humphries Finds Out Kim Was Married Before on 'Kardashians' (VIDEO)

Kris Humphries Finds Out Kim Was Married Before on 'Kardashians' (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Aug 29th 2011 9:30AM
'Keeping Up With the Kardashians'

It's a little bit anticlimactic seeing all these faux tense scenes between Kris Humphries and Kim Kardashian on 'Keeping Up With the Kardashians' (Sun., 10PM ET on E!). We already know they got married, but that doesn't make it any less fun to watch him wonder what he's getting into each week. We wonder it about ourselves every time the show starts.

This week, he found out about Kim's little discussed marriage back when she was 19. It came up organically in the conversation, as they'd started talking about Humprhies' biracial heritage. Especially when they discovered that his grandparents had a biracial marriage.

Kim casually mentioned that when she got married, her father wouldn't talk to her for weeks, which left Humphries' jaw on the floor.

"You were married?" he asked her, and then turning to the rest of the family. "Was she married?"

It was an uncomfortable moment for everyone, but the fact that she mentioned it so casually made it pretty clear it's not something she was trying to hide. It probably never came up in a conversation -- though how would it? -- and it's not something she talks about, or even probably thinks about very much.

Actually, planning a wedding probably has her thinking about it a lot, but as we know it all worked out in the end and Humprhies can now proudly call himself Mr. Kim Kardashian ... well, you know what we mean.


Aisha Gaddafi's Private Photo Collection Reveals 'Africa's Claudia Schiffer' (Photos)

Aisha Gaddafi's Private Photo Collection Reveals 'Africa's Claudia Schiffer' (Photos)

Huffington Post UK     First Posted: 30/8/11 17:57 GMT   Updated: 30/8/11 18:12 GMT
The fall of the Libyan regime has allowed many glimpses into the Gaddafi family lifestyle, revealing everything from their taste in gold mermaid furniture, their penchant for bad murals of sports cars and their apparent enjoyment of alcohol (despite the somewhat awkward fact that it was banned in the country by Gaddafi himself).
However, perhaps none of these revelations has been quite so bizarre and unexpected as the private photo album of Colonel Gaddafi's only biological daughter, Aisha Gaddafi.
Aisha herself is a bit of a surprise, in fact.
Known as the "The Claudia Schiffer of North Africa" by the Arab press, not only is she a Western-educated, dyed-blonde lawyer who worked for the defence in the trial of Saddam Hussein, Aisha is also a former UN goodwill ambassador and a defender of women's rights.
On the other hand she has always been a stanch defender of her father's regime, the IRA and various other groups with poor records on human rights.
Now fled to Algeria with many members of her family, it was announced on Tuesday that Aisha Gaddafi had also given birth to her fourth child, thought to be with her cousin Ahmed al-Gaddafi al-Qahsi, who was a colonel in the army before he was reportedly killed in fighting last month.
To learn more about the strange and glamourous life of Gaddafi's daughter take a look at these photos from her private collection, released after they were raided by rebel fighters in Tripoli.

Aisha Gaddafi's Private Photo Collection
Undated photo of Libyan leader daughter Aisha Gaddafi, often nicknamed as 'Libya's Claudia Schiffer', found at her father's
 residence at Bab Al Aziziya compound, in Tripoli, Libya, on August 29, 2011. This and another set of 'fashion shoot' style
photographs were found in the Gaddafi residence, and show the more glamourous (or perhaps slightly tasteless...) private
style of the regime. Photo by Balkis Press/ABACAPRESS.COM

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Is Justin Bieber Planning To Release A Christmas Album?

Is Justin Bieber Planning To Release A Christmas Album?:

Yep, Justin Bieber is either releasing a Christmas song, or an entire Christmas album – we’re not sure yet! Justin took to Twitter to let his fans know that he had something up his sleeve set to release this holiday season:

So it’s true…been in the studio doing something special for christmas. we are going to try and raise alot of money this year for charity!

We can’t wait to hear what you’ve been working on Justin!

Justin Bieber Performs At Taylor Swift’s Show August 2011

Justin Bieber Performs At Taylor Swift’s Show August 2011:

Justin Bieber took the stage at Taylor Swift’s concert! Here’s what Justin Tweeted about the show:

@taylorswift13 we should do that more often. :) great show! #muchlove

Taylor also Tweeted about Justin’s appearance:

You think you’ve heard LOUD screaming in your life.. Then @justinbieber comes out and does a surprise song during your show. Woah. Unreal.

Were you lucky enough to be at the concert?

Is Justin Bieber Singing A Christmas Duet With Selena Gomez For His Christmas Album?

Is Justin Bieber Singing A Christmas Duet With Selena Gomez For His Christmas Album?:

Justin Bieber has been talking about his upcoming Christmas album quite a bit recently. What we know so far is that Justin still hasn’t picked out a name for the album, but that he is planning on raising a lot of money for charity through album sales. This makes us wonder if the album is only going to have music from Justin, or if the pop star will be collaborating with a bunch of artists in order to boost sales of the CD.

One thing we know for sure is that if Justin and his girlfriend Selena Gomez teamed up for a duet on the album, sales would skyrocket! Both Justin and Selena’s fans have been dying to hear a duet from the duo, but nothing has come to fruition yet. This would be the perfect opportunity for the two to team up for a song. We’ll keep you posted if it happens.

What do you hope to hear on Justin’s Christmas album?

Justin Bieber’s “Never Say Never” Behind The Scenes With Miley Cyrus

Justin Bieber’s “Never Say Never” Behind The Scenes With Miley Cyrus:

Here is a behind-the-scenes clip from Justin Bieber’s documentary “Never Say Never.” In the clip Justin is doing the soundcheck for his performance with Miley Cyrus. The “Never Say Never Director’s Fan Cut” DVD is currently available exclusively at Target. Be sure to let us know if you pick it up!

Justin Bieber Punks Taylor Swift In New Punk’d Episode

Justin Bieber Punks Taylor Swift In New Punk’d Episode:

The popular MTV show “Punk’d” is officially coming back, and Justin Bieber is the first celeb to pull a prank on the show! While Justin won’t be hosting the series, as previously rumored, he does headline the very first episode and a different celebrity will host the show each time.

Justin’s prank is on his unsuspecting friend, Taylor Swift. No word yet on how Justin Punk’d her, but we know one thing for sure – we’ll be tuning in when “Punk’d” returns to TV so we can see!

The show will continue to be executive produced by the former host, Ashton Kutcher.

We’ll keep you posted!

Selena Gomez At The 2011 MTV Video Music Awards

Selena Gomez At The 2011 MTV Video Music Awards:

Selena Gomez is co-hosting the 2011 MTV Video Music Awards pre-show! Here are two photos from MTV of Selena arriving at the awards show tonight. What do you think of Selena’s outfit? Love it or hate it?

P.S. Are you watching the show right now?

Justin Bieber At The 2011 MTV Video Music Awards

Justin Bieber At The 2011 MTV Video Music Awards:

MTV posted this photo of Justin Bieber to their Twitter account of Justin at the 2011 MTV Video Music Awards. Justin was interviewed on the black carpet by his girlfriend Selena Gomez – did you see the interview? It was SO cute!

Take our poll below to let us know what you think of Justin’s VMA style!

Justin Bieber At The 2011 MTV VMAs

Justin Bieber At The 2011 MTV VMAs:

On August 28th Justin Bieber showed up at the 2011 MTV Video Music Awards wearing animal print shoes and bright red pants carrying a snake in his hand and wearing fake glasses. While it would be a very interesting look on anyone else, to say the least, Justin somehow managed to pull it off and make it look cool!

The MTV VMAs were held at The Nokia Theatre L.A. Live in Los Angeles, California and broadcast on MTV. Did you tune in for the show?

What do you think of Justin’s outfit? Take our poll.

Justin Bieber’s VEVO Channel On YouTube Was Hacked

Justin Bieber’s VEVO Channel On YouTube Was Hacked:

Oh no! Justin Bieber, whose YouTube videos had broken records with their billions of views, has had his VEVO channel hacked – losing all of his videos! No word yet on if YouTube will be able to get back all of Justin’s views, or if his videos will be starting from scratch when the appear back on the site.

When you try to go to Justin’s VEVO page, this is the message you get:

“‘Justin Bieber – Never Let You Go’

‘Justin Bieber – …’ This video is no longer available due to a copyright claim by iLCreation.”

Uh oh…who do you think hacked Justin’s account?

Justin Bieber Wins Best Male Video At The 2011 MTV VMAs For “U Smile”

Justin Bieber Wins Best Male Video At The 2011 MTV VMAs For “U Smile”:

Justin Bieber took home the MTV Video Music Award for Best Male Video for his song “U Smile.” Below you can watch Justin’s acceptance speech – and see his girlfriend, Disney star Selena Gomez, smooch him when his name is announced!

Get More: 2011 VMA, Music

Justin took to Twitter to comment on his win after the show:

Not gonna lie…2nite i was surprised. im a fan of all those other artists. super #grateful and humbled. very cool night. kinda shocked. Also thank u to my family, my friends, my team, and my FANS!! i got so much more to say now that it is over. haha. blanked out up there, but honestly i am a fan of all the nominees…so @brunomars @eminem @ceelogreen and @kanyewest i share this one with u. #HONORED #wildnight

P.S. Did you hear that Justin Bieber’s VEVO page was hacked! Uh oh!

Selena Gomez At The 2011 MTV VMAs

Selena Gomez At The 2011 MTV VMAs:

Selena Gomez attended the 2011 MTV VMAs where she not only took to the stage to present an award, but also hosted the black carpet at the event, interviewing stars like Justin Bieber (her boyfriend!) and Britney Spears (a former Disney star!).

A lot of Selena’s fans aren’t sure how they feel about her MTV Video Music Awards style. Be sure to take our poll and let us know what you think of the dress!

Taylor Swift And Justin Bieber Write A Song Together!

Taylor Swift And Justin Bieber Write A Song Together!:

Finally! Good friends Taylor Swift and Justin Bieber have teamed up to write and record a song together, and we are dying to hear it! Songwriter and producer Kuk Harrell Tweeted about the writing session, check it out:

Wow!! Got to see @justinbieber & @taylorswift13 write a song together last night!! SMASH!!!! SMASH!!! SMASH!!! Let’s do it again Yall!!!

@taylorswift13 You and Justin Killed that writing last night!!! SMASH!!!!!!!

This is so exciting!

Britney Spears Attends The 2011 MTV Video Music Awards With Her Boyfriend Jason Trawick

Britney Spears Attends The 2011 MTV Video Music Awards With Her Boyfriend Jason Trawick:

Britney Spears attended the 2011 MTV Video Music Awards over the weekend with her boyfriend Jason Trawick at her side! MTV posted this adorable picture to their Twitter account of the super cute couple arriving on the black carpet at the event.

During the show there was a tribute paid to Brit’s career, which included a dance number done by a group of kids. Britney looked like she really enjoyed watching the performance and maybe next year we’ll get to see her take to the stage again to do a performance of her own!

Britney will soon be in Europe touring with Jonas Brother Joe Jonas! Do you have tickets to any of the Femme Fatale concert shows? Let us know!

Tush Magazine Fall 2011 Cover: Natasa Vojnovic, ph: Txema Yeste, stylist: Tyron Machhausen

Tush Magazine Fall 2011 Cover: Natasa Vojnovic, ph: Txema Yeste, stylist: Tyron Machhausen:

Txema Yeste photographed Natasa Vojnovic for the Fall 2011 Tush Magazine cover with stylist Bernat Buscató on June 8-9, 2011.

Tush Magazine Fall 2011 Cover

Model: Natasa Vojnovic

Photographer: Txema Yeste

Stylist: Bernat Buscató

Makeup: Tyron Machhausen

Hair: Akki Shirakawa


W Korea August 2011 Cover: Daria Strokous, ph: David Byun

W Korea August 2011 Cover: Daria Strokous, ph: David Byun:

David Byun photographed Daria Strokous for the August 2011 W Korea cover with stylist Rod Novoa on June 21, 2011.

W Korea August 2011 Cover

Model: Daria Strokous

Photographer: David Byun

Stylist: Rod Novoa


Monday, August 22, 2011

September 2011 Spur Magazine Cover: Nimue Smit, ph: Hugh Lippe, stylist: Mana Igarashi, makeup: Dick Page

Hugh Lippe photographed Nimue Smit for the September 2011 cover of Spur Magazine in New York with stylist Mana Igarashi on May 13, 2011.

Spur Magazine September 2011 Cover

Model: Nimue Smit

Photographer: Hugh Lippe

Stylist: Mana Igarashi

Makeup: Dick Page

Hair: Kevin Yoon

September 2011 US Vogue: Hilary Rhoda, Ph: Steven Meisel, Stylist: Marie-Amélie Sauvé

September 2011 US Vogue: Hilary Rhoda, Ph: Steven Meisel, Stylist: Marie-Amélie Sauvé: Steven Meisel photographed Hilary Rhoda for American Vogue with stylist Marie-Amélie Sauvé on May 17, 2011.

American Vogue September 2011 Editorial

Model: Hilary Rhoda

Photographer: Steven Meisel

Stylist: Marie-Amélie Sauvé

Makeup: Pat McGrath

Hair: Guido Palau

September 2011 US Vogue article: Guinevere van Seenus, ph: Lachlan Bailey, stylist: Laura Ferrara

September 2011 US Vogue article: Guinevere van Seenus, ph: Lachlan Bailey, stylist: Laura Ferrara: Lachlan Bailey photographed Guinevere van Seenus for the September 2011 issue of American Vogue on June 26, 2011 in NY with stylist Laura Ferrara.

September 2011 American Vogue Editorial

Model: Guinevere van Seenus

Photographer: Lachlan Bailey

Stylist: Laura Ferrara

Makeup: Romy Soleimani

Hair: Rudi Lewis


Thursday, August 18, 2011

Get Your Music Noticed

Effective Strategies To Get Your Music Noticed
by Randy Chertkow and Jason Feehan

In some music business schools, they still give students assignments that go like this: “Assume that you have one million dollars. Make up a marketing plan on how to promote a band.” Here’s a realistic assignment: “Go to MySpace. Pick a band. You have zero dollars. Now go promote them.”
Although most bands would like to have the kind of budget to promote their latest album on TV, radio, and billboards, they are more likely to have just enough to print up posters for the next gig. And yet indies can get the kind of attention that major label acts get. You just need to plan appropriately and implement a few tried-and-true strategies.
Here are seven effective strategies to get you and your music noticed. The good news is they’re easy on the pocketbook and can be acted on today. All they take is a bit of time and some thought about how to get your music directly in front of the people that are likely to be your new fans. While they may not have heard of you yet, if you follow these strategies, they will.
You have one thing to do before you get started, though. It’s the one thing that every band must know: who’s the audience for your music. What are their ages? Where do they hang out? What do they do? What are their interests? Who are they? The better you know your target audience, the easier you’ll find the strategies are to implement and the greater the return on your planning.
Once you know your audience, dig in.

SEVEN EFFECTIVE STRATEGIES1. The Standing-Out Strategy2. The Piggybacking Strategy3. The Agent Strategy4. The Multi-Tasking Strategy5. The Long Haul Strategy6. The Street Team strategy7. The Stay-Tuned Strategy

1. The Standing-Out Strategy
The first thing most musicians think of when they want to promote their music is to get it reviewed by a music publication or played on the radio.
Don’t start there. Publications and media that cater solely to music are probably the hardest place to get your music noticed.
The competition for attention in music publications and sites is overwhelming. For instance, National Public Radio’s “All Songs Considered” receives 200 to 300 CDs submitted a week. Out of that, there are only eight that get featured. And those are sandwiched in between other songs, and played just once. The same is true with music reviews. Although they are good for getting quotes for your press kit, it probably won’t get you many new fans, since it’s a music review in a pile of music reviews.
Instead of focusing on music publications and media, think in terms of audiences. Put your music where it will stand out from the crowd. As an example, consider one of the biggest sellers in the early days of an album about sailing. Instead of following the crowd and sending the album to a music magazine, the band instead cleverly sent their album to a sailing magazine.
The sailing magazine, which wasn’t used to receiving music, much less an entire album dedicated to exactly what the magazine was about, ended up getting reviewed in the magazine. The band’s CD stood out. It didn’t have to compete against stacks ad stacks of other CDs to get noticed. And because the magazine had a large audience and the CD got a great review, sales shot through the roof.
This is what we call the standing-out strategy, and the great thing about it is, there is room for everyone. While your music is in a musical niche, targeting the people that like that kind of music directly, represents only one, highly competitive channel for your music. By putting your music where there usually isn’t any, your music can get noticed.

2. The Piggybacking Strategy
When you’re not well known, the quickest way to get the word out there is to piggyback on something that people already know about. One the best known forms of piggybacking is listing out the bands you “sound like” on your web site. This gives new listeners a clue as to what to expect by drawing on what they already know. Of course, another popular piggybacking tactic is to cover a well-known song. Often, these covers become your initial best-sellers. But they also act as a gateway. If listeners like your version, they’ll likely check out your original material.
But piggybacking on other bands or cover songs isn’t the only thing that you can piggyback on. You can piggyback on anything that already has an audience.
For example, our own band, Beatnik Turtle, wrote a song called “Star Wars (A Movie Like No Other)”. It summarized the entire original Star Wars trilogy in a single song. Around the same time, released a video mashup tool and so we decided to make a video for the song. The video ended up getting played over fifteen thousand times thanks to the active community at that site. That popularity led to it getting picked up by which in turn led to it being aired on SpikeTV to celebrate the Star Wars 32nd anniversary.
Current events and popular culture provide opportunities for piggybacking as well. When a topic is hot, a large number of people will be searching for information about it. For instance, The Brobdingnagian Bards, a Celtic Renaissance musical duo, are always looking for trends to ride, so when the Monty Python musical Spamalot got popular, they posted a blog entry about Spamalot and also mentioned that they covered a Monty Python song previously. The post got a ton of hits, got them noticed by new fans, and resulted in sales.
But piggybacking isn’t always about how to get publicity. It can be for a good cause as well. Grant Baciocco of Throwing Toasters put together two compilation charity albums called Laughter Is a Powerful Weapon, with music donated by himself and many other well-known comedy artists. The money from one went to the Twin Towers orphans fund and the other went to the Red Cross for Katrina victims.

3. The Agent Strategy
Most bands start out promoting and representing themselves because they start out small. But it’s human nature to think more of someone when they have someone acting on their behalf. In fact, it’s been shown to be true in various psychological and sociological studies. Even if you’re just starting out, find someone to represent you and you’ll have more successes.
Having an agent is even more useful during negotiations, because they can be as tough as they want to. If you negotiate for yourself and you give the other side a particularly hard time, they might start to dislike you, rather than your agent.

4. The Multi-Tasking Strategy
The musicians that have the most success don’t just rely on one project for their income. Most of them work on many things beyond playing live, selling albums, and selling merchandise.
For instance:- Jonathan Coulton participates in the Popular Science magazine podcast at and licenses his music.- Brad Turcotte of Brad Sucks maintains multiple Web sites including and also licenses his music.- Grant Baciocco of Throwing Toasters writes and produces the multiple-award-winning podcast “The Radio Adventures of Dr. Floyd,” does voice-over and acting work, and produces a podcast for the Jim Henson Company, among other projects.- George Hrab is a drummer in a popular cover band that plays at weddings and corporate events, writes and produces his Geologic Podcast, and has written a book.- The members of Beatnik Turtle have day jobs, run, and write books like The Indie Band Survival Guide and articles like this one.
Not only do musicians like these have a lot of projects going on, they use the projects to promote the others.

5. The Long-Haul Strategy
While major labels had to focus on making one-hit-wonders because of their business model, that was never the best situation for the musician. Furthermore, it’s not even similar to the way that most businesses work: build their name over the long term, and eventually get consistent income over time. A band or artist can be just like any other business that starts out small, and eventually becomes solidly established.
For example, in 2001, Brad Turcotte released his first album online as a downloadable set of MP3s. The money he made from this allowed him to do a run of CDs, which got him another surge of new fans. Later, he released the source tracks to his music, this time making new fans among people who enjoy remixing songs. After he packaged the best remixes into another CD, he got a new surge of fans who loved both the remixes and the original material. By the time he released his second album, it not only did well in its own right, it generated interest in his previous albums.

6. The Street Team Strategy
Today’s artists are more connected with their fans than ever. And in these days of social networks, word of mouth is many times more powerful than it’s ever been. Every fan you have is connected to many more people, and sometimes, all you have to do is ask in order to get their help in spreading the word.A street team in the past was all about putting fliers in coffee shops. Today, with the Web, they can distribute your music to new fans, get the word out about your shows through their social networks, or even get people to sign up to your mailing lists.
The key to a successful street team, is to be explicit in asking what it is you want them to do. Then, be sure to give them the tools that they need to be successful. And of course, reward them for their help. If you need some practical advice on how to create and manage a street team, there’s step-by-step instructions here.

7. The Stay-Tuned Strategy
Before radio DJs head into the commercials, they announce what they’re going to play after the break. This keeps people tuned in during the break. You can adopt the same technique. Always talk about your next project when you talk about your band, whether you’re talking to the press, your fans (your blog, Twitter, Facebook), or other musicians.
Here’s why:- Your fans will keep tabs on you until that next project is released.- The press might ask questions about your upcoming projects and write future stories.- It gets people involved: If you don’t announce what you have planned, you might miss out on a fan that can help.- It keeps your own band members motivated and working toward the same goals.So it helps to have a sound bite on the tip of your tongue about what you’re doing next. Movies have trailers, and a band should have announcements of what’s to come.
As you can see, many different strategies are available to help you get noticed. There are no rules to this new music business, so we suggest experimenting with as many strategies, projects, and ideas to see what works best for you and your music. When you find something that works, keep it up; and when you find something that doesn’t, just move on.
To learn more about how to strategize and run a PR campaign, see How To Run a PR Campaign at for detailed, step-by-step instructions. It’s a great way to get started getting noticed, selling music, and winning fans.
Randy Chertkow and Jason Feehan are authors of The Indie Band Survival Guide: The Complete Manual For The Do-It-Yourself Musician, The DIY Music Manual, and founders of the free and open musician resource,
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Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Victorias Secret Swim Collection

Victoria's Secret is an American retailer of women's wear, lingerie and beauty products. It is the largest segment of publicly-traded Limited Brands with sales surpassing $5 billion USD and an operating income of $1 billion in 2006. Victoria's Secret is known for its fashion shows and catalogues, which feature top fashion models
Victorias Secret Swim Collection

Victoria´s Secret

Founded 1977
Headquarters Columbus, Ohio, U.S.
Key people CEO of the MegaBrand: Sharen Jester Turney & Jarred Buggs
CEO of Victoria's Secret Stores: Lori Greeley
EVP: Rebecca Finn
CFO: Bill May
==Industry apparel==
Products bras, panties, sleepwear, hosiery, women's clothing, fragrances and beauty products
Revenue $3.222 billion (FY 2006)
Parent Limited Brands
Victoria's Secret is an American retailer of women's wear, lingerie and beauty products. It is the largest segment of publicly-traded Limited Brands with sales surpassing $5 billion USD and an operating income of $1 billion in 2006. Victoria's Secret is known for its fashion shows and catalogues, which feature top fashion models.
Victoria's Secret was started in San Francisco, California, in 1977 by Stanford Graduate School of Business alumnus Roy Raymond, who felt embarrassed trying to purchase lingerie for his wife in a department store environment. He opened the first store at Stanford Shopping Center, and quickly followed it with a mail-order catalog and three other stores. The stores were meant to create a comfortable environment for men, with wood-paneled walls, Victorian details and helpful sales staff. Instead of racks of bras and panties in every size, there were single styles, paired together and mounted on the wall in frames. Men could browse for styles for women and sales staff would help estimate the appropriate size, pulling from inventory in the back. In 1982, after five years of operations, Roy Raymond sold the company to The Limited.
The Limited kept the personalized image of Victoria's Secret intact. Victoria's Secret was rapidly expanded into the U.S. malls throughout the 1980s. The company was able to vend a widened range of products, such as shoes, evening wear, and perfumes, with its mail catalog issued eight times annually.
By the early 1990s, Victoria's Secret had become the largest American lingerie retailer, topping one billion dollars.
On July 10, 2007, Limited Brands sold 75% of The Limited clothing chain to firm Sun Capital Partners to focus and boost sales growth on Victoria's Secret lingerie stores and Bath & Body Works units, which provided 72% of revenue in 2006 and almost all the firm's profit. There are 1,000 Victoria's Secret lingerie stores and 100 independent Victoria's Secret Beauty Stores in the US, mostly in shopping centers. It sells brassieres, panties, hosiery, cosmetics, sleepwear, and other products. Victoria's Secret mails more than 400 million of its catalogs per year. Under pressure from environmentalist groups, Victoria's Secret's parent firm and a conservation group have reached an agreement to make the lingerie retailer's catalog more environmentally friendly in 2006. The catalog will no longer be made of pulp supplied from any woodland caribou habitat range in Canada, unless it has been certified by the Forest Stewardship Council. The catalogs will also be made of 10 percent recycled paper from post-consumer waste.
Victoria's Secret is now attempting to build its image with a fairly conservative, middle-class shopper in mind, avoiding any connotations of sleaziness that lingerie might carry.
The company gained notoriety in the early 1990s after it began to use supermodels in its advertising and fashion shows. Throughout the past decade, it has turned down celebrity models and endorsements.
Victoria's Secret makes use of a rigorous customer service model, stressing upselling, frequent staff attention, and signing up customers for a store credit card that provides discounts for frequent shoppers in the way of coupons by mail and free merchandise.
Victoria's Secret Angels

Victoria's Secret Angels on a commercial for the Secret Embrace line."Victoria's Secret Angels" are the brand's most visible models and spokeswomen. The VS Angels made their début in 1999 in the fourth annual Victoria's Secret Fashion Show. Daniela Pestova, Karen Mulder, Laetitia Casta, Heidi Klum, Stephanie Seymour, and Tyra Banks are among the "Angels" from the original promotion. In May 2007, the Victoria's Secret Angels, including Adriana Lima, Selita Ebanks, Alessandra Ambrosio, Izabel Goulart, and Karolina Kurkova were chosen to be part of People Magazine's annual "100 Most Beautiful People in the World" issue. On November 13, 2007, Victoria's Secret Angels became the first trademark awarded a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. The 'Angels' are among the world's best-paid models.
==Current models==
 Heidi Klum – (1999–present)
 Adriana Lima – (2000–present)
 Alessandra Ambrosio – (2004–present)
 Miranda Kerr – (2007–present)
 Marisa Miller – (2007–present)
 Doutzen Kroes – (2008–present)
The models started working for the company before being contracted as Angels. Listed below are the years the current Angels started shooting and working for the company. Their first runway show for the company is the second year listed below. The years the models were contracted into Angels are listed above.
Heidi Klum – 1997, First Runway: 1997
Adriana Lima – 1998, First Runway: 1999
Alessandra Ambrosio – 2001, First Runway: 2000
Miranda Kerr – 2005, First Runway: 2006
Marisa Miller – 2001, First Runway: 2007
Doutzen Kroes – 2004, First Runway: 2005
 Helena Christensen – (1998)
 Yasmeen Ghauri – (1998)
 Rebecca Romijn – (1998)
 Laetitia Casta – (1998–1999)
 Karen Mulder – (1998–2000)
 Stephanie Seymour – (1998–2000)
 Daniela Peštová – (1998–2003)
 Tyra Banks – (1998–2005)
 Maria Inés Rivero – (2000)
 Gisele Bündchen – (2000–2007)
 Izabel Goulart – (2005–2008)
 Karolína Kurková – (2005–2009)
 Selita Ebanks – (2005–2009)
Victoria's Secret Fashion Show

==List of Victoria's Secret Fashion Show models==
In 1995, Victoria's Secret held its first fashion show; the world press reported it as the "lingerie event of the century." In 1999, the VS company made broadcast history in simultaneously broadcasting a live fashion show online and at Times Square, drawing some 1.5 million viewers, after being advertised during the Super Bowl American football game.
In 2000, the show was held in Cannes, France, during the Cannes Film Festival to raise money for the Cinema Against AIDS charity; it raised $3.5 million.
In 2001, the Victoria's Secret Fashion Show made its broadcast television debut on ABC, drawing millions of viewers and middle-brow controversy; the Federal Communications Commission receives many complaints about each broadcast every time.
In 2004, instead of the annual fashion show, The Angels (Tyra Banks, Heidi Klum, Gisele Bündchen, Adriana Lima, and Alessandra Ambrosio) did an Angels Across America Tour, a grassroots campaign for the brand visiting four major cities, New York, Miami, Las Vegas and Los Angeles.
In 2005, the Rutgers University Drumline made a guest appearance for the show's finale. This was Tyra Banks' last runway appearance.
The 2007 show featured a performance by the Spice Girls and gained prominence as the first American TV debut of the band after their comeback. Kanye West was also scheduled to perform at the event, but cancelled his appearance due to his mother's death. was called to perform in his place.
The fashion show features mostly lingerie and a multi-million-dollar "Fantasy Bra." one model is chosen among the angels to wear the Fantasy Bra. It is first advertised in the Victoria's Secret Catalog and since 2001 it has been shown in the Victoria's Secret Fashion Show. Heidi Klum is the only Victoria's Secret Angel who has worn three Fantasy Bras. Gisele Bündchen and Karolina Kurkova each have worn two Fantasy Bras. In 2006, Victoria's Secret's sub-brand Pink made its debut on the runway. The show has since evolved into a lavish event with elaborate costumed-lingerie, varying music, and set design according to the different themes running within the show. The show attracts hundreds of celebrities and entertainers, with special performers and/or acts every year. The giant angel wings worn by the models, as well as other wings of various forms and sizes such as butterfly, peacock, or devil wings, are Victoria's Secret's fashion trademark. The fashion show is also a meeting of today's supermodels, who are always posing in the middle, after the final walk.
In the past, most of the clothing exhibited was not for sale, but in 2005, the show featured the clothing for sale in the catalogue.
Year Broadcast date Television network Viewers (millions) Guest performers
2001 November 15 ABC 12.4 Mary J. Blige, Andrea Bocelli
2002 November 20 CBS 10.5 Destiny's Child
2003 November 19 CBS 9.4 Sting, Mary J. Blige, Eve
2004 N/A N/A N/A N/A
2005 December 6 CBS 8.9 Chris Botti, Ricky Martin, Seal, Rutgers University Drumline
2006 December 5 CBS 6.8 Justin Timberlake
2007 December 4 CBS 7.4 Spice Girls,, Seal and Heidi Klum
2008 December 3 CBS 8.7 Usher, Jorge Moreno
2009 December 1 CBS TBA Black Eyed Peas

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