Elsa Hosk starts our interview by affirming we’re going to have a good time and smiling brighter than the jeweled bra she’ll be wearing in just two days. And she’s right. The Swedish supermodel has been honored with the crown jewels for this year’s Victoria Secret Fashion Show: the coveted Fantasy Bra, an Atelier Swarovski piece of lingerie valued at around $1 million. So Hosk has reason to smile. She worked hard to get here—she’s walked in the show since 2011—and is getting to follow in the footsteps of her VS angel icon Karolina Kurkova, who wore the Fantasy Bra in 2006.
Plus, Elsa’s got some new friends now—the crew of bodyguards there to protect her and the $1 million bra—and she’ll probably play some Britney Spears before the show to get pumped up. It’s good to be Elsa Hosk, and she knows it. She’s grateful, excited, a little nervous, but overall just an Angel. Read on to find out more about her journey from VS Pink model to Victoria Secret Angel.
What was your reaction when you found out that you would be wearing the Fantasy Bra?
I was freaking out because I had no idea it was going to be me and they surprised me on a shoot. I was really in shock. When I opened the box, I was assuming it was a birthday cake because my birthday is coming up but it was the Fantasy Bra. I was just shaking, and I didn’t believe they were serious. It was so beautiful. The whole day I was just in a constant smile because I was just so happy.
Who was the first person you told you would be wearing the Fantasy Bra?
I told my friend Liz because I knew she was going to be the most excited, because my other friends are all in Sweden.
And then I told my boyfriend, who’s not really in this world so he doesn’t really understand, but he was like, “Oh babe. No, I’m so proud of you. I don’t really know what this bra means but I know it’s a big deal.”
What does it feel like wearing one million dollars on your body?
It feels like you’re wearing one million dollars. It’s a bit heavy. I’m glad I have bodyguards around. It also feels really special because I know I worked really hard to get there and I feel really proud wearing the bra.
What are you most excited about for this show?
Wearing the Fantasy Bra!
What’s the weirdest thing about wearing the bra?
The weirdest thing is probably the attention that comes with it. Even though I’m used to that working as a model and being in lingerie a lot. The Fantasy Bra is blinding. It’s like, “Whoa.” It’s over 2,000 diamonds on it. That’s a little crazy.
How would you wear the Fantasy Bra in real life?
I would probably not wear this one. I would wear the one that you could actually buy in store. They made a replica and this is what I’m wearing right now. I would keep that one in my safe and just open it at night and look at it. I’d be like, “I wore you once. Still there.”
What’s going to be your pump up song before you put on the Fantasy Bra and hit the runway?
Maybe some vintage like Britney [Spears]. I don’t know, ’90s tunes. I feel like the bra is very ’90s. It’s cool like that. Madonna, maybe. I want to feel empowered.
Who was your favorite Victoria Secret Angel growing up?
My favorite was probably Karolina Kurkova because when I started modeling she was everywhere. She was the girl. She was the supermodel. And she was blonde like me so I could identify with her but then at the same time I would never see myself doing what she’s doing. It’s even crazier knowing that she wore this bra and I’m wearing this bra now.