With the recent nice weather, it’s likely that most Binghamton University students are struggling to think about anything other than their spring break vacations and the potential for a great summer. And on Wednesday, CBS definitely didn’t help with their airing of the “Victoria’s Secret Swim Special.” With beautiful swimsuits, incredible beach views and famous musical acts, the show was the best way to say goodbye to the cold and hello to the beach.
While its name might induce thoughts of a fashion show, this approximately 45-minute special (with commercials) was much more than that. Sure, the clothing was featured, but the real stars of this borderline-documentary event were the models. The 2016 spectacle starred many of the famous lingerie company’s models, such as Candice Swanepoel, Stella Maxwell, Lily Aldridge and Lais Ribeiro. Instead of seeing models trapeze on the runway, viewers had the chance to see a behind-the-scenes look at the photo shoot at Saint Barthélemy, a location which the video described as the “sexiest island.”
If there were anything to get out of their line this year, it is that anything goes for the summer of 2016. From straps to no straps to long sleeves, there were a lot of options to choose from. Bright colors were a must, and floral patterns and solid prints were both seen equally. Two new trends spotted were crochet patterns and off-the-shoulder tops. Even among these new trends, the focus was still on the models. With them taking a break from the stage, we got to see the women jet skiing, cliff jumping, playing volleyball, hiking, attempting flyboarding and more.
Besides this look into their athleticism, viewers were also allowed a look at who each woman was; they spoke about each other and what made each of them special. As a part of the behind-the-scenes aspect, the 13 “Angels” discussed modeling, their photographers and what it was like to shoot on St. Barts Island.
Each scene was almost a music video, with an extensive playlist featuring songs like DNCE’s “Cake By The Ocean,” Salt-N-Pepa’s “Push It” and live music.
Both Demi Lovato and Nick Jonas sang their hits for the models and viewers of the show were treated to this concert as well. Lovato sang current hits such as “Cool for the Summer,” “Confident” and “For You”; Jonas sang “Levels,” “Chains” and “Jealous.” Interspersed between each performance were also shots of the models dancing at the concert, on the beach and even in Snapchat videos.
The “Victoria’s Secret Swim Special” gave viewers insight on the seemingly perfect lives of these models. However, we also were able to see how they work and how they got to the end product — a fun but difficult process.
With the endless adventures, the incredible beach scenery and must-have swimsuits, it is almost impossible to not go to sleep dreaming of your own sunny thrills. The only downside is that there is no way any spring break trip can live up to the one the models took.
You can watch the whole experience online at www.victoriassecret.com/swim-show