karolina kurkova vsfs 2010 gi 'Victoria's Secret Fashion Show' Live! Where models earn their wingsIf given a choice between tickets to a presidential inauguration, a Super Bowl or a Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show, a true American will always pick the latter.

Why? Because presidents come and go, and we never remember who won the Super Bowl a mere 36 hours after the last commercial aired. But the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show has angels. That’s right, friggin’ angels. Lots of them.

And being the religious sort that we are, when given the opportunity to hang backstage on Wednesday (Nov. 10) with heavenly bodies in various states of undress before the show, we took it.

]]>Erin Heatherton for not realizing your robe came with a belt), at no point did any of the angels give us hope that we, too, might be worthy of, you know, entering the pearly gates (yep, a euphemism). Sadder still, the absence of supermodels Heidi Klum (recently retired), Miranda Kerr (building a baby) and Marisa Miller (mysteriously split earlier this year) has left a serious void during the backstage fantasy. Still, the place was packed with what appeared to be the rest of supermodel nation (Alessandra Ambrosio, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, Behati Prinsloo, to name a few) and we did our best to represent during the model’s hair and makeup session just minutes before they took to the runway. And, if you’re like us and have been lucky enough to cover this event for several years, you try to talk to models you’ve never spoken to before — partly to get a fresh take on the scene, but mostly because once we’ve talked to them they don’t ever want to talk to us again. (Hey, how were we to know Adriana Lima doesn’t have a sense of humor?)

Backstage:
candice swanepoel vsfs 2010 gi 'Victoria's Secret Fashion Show' Live! Where models earn their wings— Victoria’s Secret’s current “it” girl, South African Candice Swanepoel‘s face is splashed over everything VS. Now in her fourth year, Swanepoel is ready to accept her role as leader in this changing of the guard. “I feel there really is a new generation of girls,” Swanepoel tells Zap2it. “Obviously Heidi brought a great energy to backstage and was iconic to the brand. But I’m excited for fresh girls — my generation of girls. And a lot of the girls I’m friends with, so that’s really nice.” Asked if she felt any pressure to perform with the current supermodel vacuum, she said until this year, she never realized just how much the media takes over this event and that she was really worried a few days coming into it, but was just ready to get up on stage. — Apparently a bell rang. Beautiful Chanel Iman has earned her wings in just her second year as an angel. That’s a big deal in the VS model world. Wings equal job security. “I’m so ready to get up on stage – I’m a veteran!” laughed the 19-year-old. She’ll celebrate birthday number 20 on Dec. 1 in LA with family and friends, the night after she hosts a viewing party for the VS Fashion Show on CBS. adriana lima vsfs 2010 gi 'Victoria's Secret Fashion Show' Live! Where models earn their wingsAdriana Lima will be celebrating daughter Valentina’s first birthday on Nov. 15. When we asked Adriana if she had any grooming tips she could share with our readers she said “What? For dogs? I don’t understand the question.” Umm… — Liu Wen, Victoria’s Secret’s only Asian model and all-around international stunner was thrilled to be recently signed as Estee Lauder’s first Asian spokesmodel. It couldn’t happen to a nicer girl. — It took 17 makeup artists, 19 hairstylists and 50 dressers to get the angels up to snuff. — Italian jeweler Damiani designed the one-of-a-pair Bombshell Fantasy Bra valued at $2 million. It featured 60 carats of diamonds and 82 carats of sapphires and topazes and was worn by Lima. The Show: — There were six different themes that designers had to create magical underwear for: Tough Love (Oooo, girls in leather body armor), Game On (Oooo, girls with balls), Country Girls (Oooo, girls in gingham), Heavenly Bodies (Ooo, I think we can see the aurora borealis), Wild Things (Girls in leopard print!) and Pink Planet (We’re going to need to see some IDs). Just when you think you’ve seen it all, you see a girl in a custom metal bra. katy perry vsfs 2010 gi 'Victoria's Secret Fashion Show' Live! Where models earn their wingsKaty Perry, boobtastic as always, performed her hit song “Firework” during the Game On portion as well as a medley of “Teenage Dream” and “California Girls” during Pink Planet. — Akon, who’ll be feeding 5000 families this Thanksgiving in Atlanta, absolutely dazzled with his performance of “Angel” during “Heavenly Bodies. He also talked everyone’s ear off on the Pink Carpet (yeah, we know). He is super nice. — Model Karolina Kurkova, who also gave birth late last year and has been criticized in the past for a weight gain, looked like she has been working out non-stop. She looks better than ever. — Model Lily Aldridge had a harmonious cheering section as her fiance, Caleb Followill and his brother Jared, of the band Kings of Leon, were down front voicing their approval as she walked by. — Spotted in the crowd: Gerard Butler (who was seen enjoying a cocktail or two at the after party at NYC hotspot Lavo), Paris and Nicky Hilton, Alan Cumming, Debbie Harry, Maxwell, Russell Simmons, Estelle, Adam Levine of Maroon 5, Billy Burke, Zac Posen, Tyson Beckford, Adrian Grenier, Malin Ackerman, Michael Bay and Mike “The Situation” Sorrentino. The “Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show” will air Tuesday, Nov. 30 at 10 p.m. ET on CBS. Follow Zap2it on Twitter and Zap2it on Facebook for the latest TV, movie and celebrity news. Photo credit: Getty Images