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.