22 exclusive behind-the-scenes photos from the victoria's secret fashion show

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all photos by vicki adamson

With 47 models, 81 outfits, 39 pairs of wings, and two Fantasy Bras going into the 2014 Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show, you could expect there to be, oh, just a little bit of a frenzy happening backstage. Candice Swanepoel needed eye drops; Joan Smalls needed water; Lily Aldridge needed the ladies’ room. Through the scrum of photographers and press, you could see Doutzen Kroes sneak off with a salad, while her fellow Angels took turns spray-painting a mural devoted to London. The makeup tables were covered with backup hair extensions in every hue, plates of picked-at fruit, and jars of Charlotte Tilbury Magic Cream. The models themselves donned pink slip robes, and managed to smile—or at least selfie—through it all.

Click through the gallery for a taste of the action.