Kiwi stars in Victoria's Secret show

08:33, Nov 10 2011
Victoria's secret backstage.
Model Erin Heatherton applies eye makeup.
Victoria's secret backstage.
Model Izabel Goulart from Brazil gets her hair and nails done.
Victoria's secret backstage.
Victoria's Secret model Adriana Lima.
Victoria's secret backstage.
Model Julia Stegner from Germany sits backstage.
Victoria's secret backstage.
Victoria's Secret model Adriana Lima prepares backstage.
Victoria's secret backstage.
Model Doutzen Kroes from the Netherlands blows a kiss.
Victoria's secret backstage.
Model Alessandra Ambrosio from Brazil gets her hair and makeup done.
Victoria's secret backstage.
New Zealander Jessica Clarke, 18, gets her hair and makeup done backstage at the Victoria's Secret show.
Victoria's secret backstage.
Models Lily Aldridge from the U.S. and Bregje Heinen from the Netherlands.
Victoria's secret backstage.
Model Sui He from China gets her hair done backstage.
Victoria's secret backstage.
Victoria's Secret model Adriana Lima prepares backstage.
Victoria's secret backstage.
Victoria's Secret model Doutzen Kroes prepares backstage.
Victoria's secret backstage.
Model Shanina Shaik from Australia sits backstage in the hair and makeup area.
Victoria's secret backstage.
Model Candice Swanepoel from South Africa poses for fellow model Behati Prinsloo from Namibia backstage in the hair and makeup area.

An Auckland-based modelling agency now has New Zealand's best-kept secret signed to its books, after Jessica Clarke took part in one of the most anticipated fashion shows in the world today.

The 18-year-old from Palmerston North donned her wings for the first time as she joined the ranks of supermodels Heidi Klum and Gisele Bundchen in the Victoria's Secret Fashion Show.

Clarke, who is signed with Clyne Model Management, only found out she would be walking in the New York fashion show a week ago.

She is the first Kiwi to model for the lingerie brand.

"It's absolutely fantastic. We're really excited for her and her family. She's worked very hard to get where she is today," Clyne Model Management Agency Director Marama Nichols said.

"Victoria's Secret is one of the most renowned and respected contracts a girl can pick up. It is one of the few jobs in modeling along with a worldwide Calvin Klein exclusive or a major fragrance or beauty contract that can make you into a superstar overnight. Girls such as Heidi Klum, Gisele Bundchen, Tyra Banks, and Miranda Kerr are all such girls and are very much household names!"

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The Victoria's Secret Fashion Show is an annual highlight, with international celebrities like Orlando Bloom, Kanye West and Jay-Z securing their seats in the front row.

The highlight of this year's event was the US$2.5 million diamond-encrusted bra, worn by Miranda Kerr.

The show also featured performances by Kanye West, Jay-Z and Adam Levine.

Today's show featured 36 models, including catwalk regulars Lima, Alexandra Ambrosio, Candice Swanepoel, Doutzen Kroes, Lily Aldridge and Adriana Lima.

A previous version of this story said the US$2.5 million diamond-encrusted bra was worn by Adriana Lima.

-Fairfax NZ