We many never know Victoria’s Secret, but what we do know is that the lingerie at Victoria’s Secret is the best. Although intimately associated with its sexy lingerie, today the retailer actually sells casual wear, swimsuits, apparel, lingerie and even makeup and beauty products. There seems to be nothing that Victoria’s Secret cannot do well.
Read on to find out the 5 things you didn’t know about Victoria’s Secret.
1. It was a man who started Victoria Secret.
While a man named Roy Raymond was the one who created Victoria’s Secret, he designed the shop to be named after Queen Victoria — because he wanted the design of the store to resemble a Victorian boudoir. So what was Victoria’s secret? We’ll never know. I suppose that’s why it’s a secret.
2. The first VS was opened in Palo Alto.
In 1977 the first VS store was opened at the Stanford Shopping Center in Palo Alto, California. After opening a few other stores and launching the mail-order catalog, Raymond sold the company to Limited Brands in 1982 for a sizable paycheck. By 1993, Limited made Victoria’s Secret a nationally recognized brand with 1,075 stores in operation today.
3. The Angels are not only beautiful – but RICH.
More than half of Forbes’ highest earning models list comprised the Victoria’s Secret Angels in 2013. Top paid models include such well-know names as Gisele Bundchen, Doutzen Kroes, Adriana Lima and Miranda Kerr. Former Victoria’s Secret Angel Gisele Bundchen is now officially the highest paid model in the world.
4. Only tall girls wanted.
As a rule, Victoria Secret only hires models 5’9 and taller. Each month the company turns down a number of requests from high-profile female celebrities desperate to be an honorary Angel. It is without question the most coveted modeling job in the industry.
5. It costs $12 million to put on a Victoria Secret show!
The first year the Victoria’s Secret fashion show was put on was 1995. At the time, the show cost $120,000 to produce. Last year, the fashion show cost more than $12 million to put on and 9 months of planning.