Adriana Lima, 2018 Victorias Secret Fashion Show, Backstage

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Adriana Lima is hanging up her Victoria’s Secret Angel wings after 20 years and acquired visibly emotional as she walked her closing Victoria’s Secret Vogue Present runway on Thursday.

Wearing a sheer, glowing prime, gentle blue lingerie, nude, feathered heels and wide-feathered wings, the 37-year-old Brazilian supermodel obtained a standing ovation as she made her means down the catwalk for the final time. She took a deep breath and appeared to get teary eyed as she paused to make thank-you gestures on the cheering crowd, as seen in a fan video.

“Expensive Victoria, Thanks for displaying me the world, sharing your secrets and techniques, and most significantly not simply giving me wings however educating me to fly. And all of the [heart emoji] to one of the best followers within the [earth emoji]! Love, Adriana,” she wrote on Instagram, alongside a video of a few of her previous Victoria’s Secret Vogue Present appearances.

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Lima, a mom of two, was the longest-serving Victoria’s Secret mannequin and Angel, a spokesmodel for the corporate. She has walked the runway on the lingerie model’s annual televised trend present yearly besides one since 1999, when she was 18. She took 2009 off whereas she was pregnant together with her second daughter, Valentina.

It has been rumored for some time that Lima plans on retiring her Victoria’s Secret wings. She informed Individuals in November 2017 that she plans on strolling her 20th present, including, “Perhaps extra, I do not know. It is nature. I am figuring out, I am being wholesome, so let’s examine how the physique goes to end up. However I get pleasure from it. So for example 20.”

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That month, former Victoria’s Secret Angel Alessandra Ambrosio hung up her wings after the 2017 Victoria’s Secret Vogue Present, after 17 years with the corporate.

A month later, Lima spurred contemporary retirement rumors when she posted on Instagram, “I had obtained a name for the potential of filming a horny video of me to be posted and shared in social media. Though I’ve carried out a lot of this sort, one thing had modified in me, when a pal approached me to share that she was sad together with her physique. Then it made me assume…. that on a regular basis in my life, I get up pondering, how do I look? Was I going to be accepted in my job?”

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“And in that second I noticed that majority of lady in all probability get up each morning making an attempt to slot in a stereotype that society/social media/trend and so forth imposed…. I believed that is not a way of life and past that…. that is not bodily and mentally wholesome, so I made a decision to make that change,” she continued. “I cannot take [off] my garments anymore for [an] empty trigger….. #Embraceyouself #natureisbeautiful #naturalissexy #LOVEYOU.”

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