The bra that needs a bodyguard

Last updated 10:44 17/10/2013
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CROWN JEWELS: This year's fantasy bra follows a royal theme. We bet the Windsors are stoked.

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Ever felt a bit ripped off when spending upwards of $50 on a bra? Try 11.8 million. 

Victoria's Secret has a 14-year-old tradition of having a 'Fantasy Bra' in every one of their annual fashion shows: the brand has unveiled this year's blinging piece of intimate fashion on Instagram, and at NZ$11.8 million it's their most expensive yet. 

South African VS angel Candice Swanepoel wears the 18 carat gold 'Royal Fantasy Bra' this year, which was designed by Lebanese jewellery house Mouawad and features 4,200 precious gems - including rubies, diamonds and yellow sapphires. The real star of the show, however, is the 520-carat ruby that hangs down the centre (we do worry that the underwire would be a littly 'pinchy', however). 

THE FANTASY BRA HISTORY

Supermodel Claudia Schiffer was the first to sport a bling bra with the 'Million Dollar Miracle Bra' in 1996, Tyra Banks, Gisele Bunchen, Heidi Klum, Miranda Kerr, Adriana Lima and Alessandra Ambrosio then followed. So, as you can see, the wearing of this bra is also basically sealing your supermodel status: so expect to see a lot more of Swanepoel. The 5 ft 9 in 24-year-old from South Africa's Natal province was discovered while at a Durban flea market when she was just 15. 

Here are some of the prior million-buck knickers ... 

In 2011, Aussie model Miranda Kerr wore a $2.96 million bra crafted by London Jewelers over 500 hours. It featured 3,400 hand-stitched gems - including diamonds, pearls, citrines and aquamarines. The centrepieces were eight-carat white diamonds and two 14-carat yellow diamonds. Bling bling, money ain't a thing.

 

Last year, 32-year-old Brazilian model Alessandra Ambrosio wore a $2.96 million floral-themed bra with 5,200 gems, including white, pink and yellow diamonds, and a matching belly chain. 

In 1996, Claudia Schiffer was the first model to sport a sheetsy bra with this $1.2 million diamond beauty. 

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