By Donna Freydkin, USA TODAY
NEW YORK - Temps dropped into the 30s on Wednesday, but things were burning up inside the Lexington Armory.
The occasion: the annual Victoria's Secret Fashion Show, held here Wednesday, but airing on CBS on Dec. 4.
Once you got past several levels of intense security that included multiple ID checks and bomb-sniffing dogs and took the elevator to the fifth floor, you were greeted by piles of hair extensions, scads of makeup, and rows of leggy catwalkers wearing short, shiny pink robes and getting gussied up for the evening's grand event. Perhaps all that muscle was there to guard the $2.5 million Floral Fantasy set, worn this year by Alessandra Ambrosio.
"I'm tired but excited to be back," says model Adriana Lima. "It's the highlight of my year. I get nervous, every single time. I thought it would go away, but no."
Backstage, the mood was mixed. On the one hand, the models we spoke to celebrated the re-election of President Obama.