Lais Ribeiro Will Wear The 2017 Victoria's Secret Fashion Show Fantasy Bra & Here's Why That Matters
It's the most wonderful time of the year for fashion lovers. The 2017 Victoria's Secret Fashion Show is right around the corner and, after months of waiting for the most important details, they're finally here. According to the Victoria's Secret Instagram, model Lais Ribeiro will wear the 2017 Fantasy Bra. The $2 million design might just be the best one yet, but that's not the only notable thing about this fashion moment.
Lais Ribeiro will wear the Champagne Nights Fantasy Bra, which is valued at $2 million and is outfitted with diamonds, yellow sapphires, and blue topaz. The pricey bra was designed by MOUAWAD, according to Victoria's Secret Instagram post.
The design is by far the most intricate Fantasy Bra yet. The pattern on the bra is meant to look like vines with leaves and flowers throughout. It also has a caged top that drapes down like a necklace. To say it's stunning would be an understatement.
But this year is much bigger than the mere design. It will be the first time that two women of color have been chosen to wear the Fantasy Bra back-to-back. Last year, Jasmine Tookes sported a $3 million Fantasy Bra down the runway.
Before Tookes, the last women of color to get the honor of wearing the Fantasy Bra was Selita Ebanks back in 2007. Tyra Banks was the first black woman to be selected to wear the head-turning piece back in 1997. The show first started in 1995. In 22 years of the show, only these four models have worn the bra.
Of course, Ribeiro wearing the bra isn't completely ground-breaking. While the model is absolutely stunning, she is still thin with long-hair like those who came before her. So it's fair to say that, like most of the fashion industry, Victoria's Secret still has room to grow when it comes to inclusivity.
I am beyond honored to announce that I will be wearing the Champagne Nights Fantasy Bra this year! pic.twitter.com/GpoMC5845g— Lais. (@LaiBeiro) November 1, 2017
In recent years, Victoria's Secret has surprised their Fantasy Bra wearers with their announcement. Last year, Tookes was told that she was filming a commercial, when really it was a get-together for the brand to tell her the exciting news. This year, they decided to surprise Ribeiro, too.
According to the video that she posted to her Twitter, Victoria's Secret brought her in for a fitting for her fashion show outfits. The brand told her that it was time for her to be fitted for her second outfit and wheeled out the $2 million bra. Ribeiro was in complete shock. She stood staring at the bra for a while — because when else do you see a $2 million bra up close and personal — before hugging those around her. It was absolutely adorable.
It's worth noting that you can't actually buy the $2 million Fantasy Bra. Even if you had enough cash to throw around, the one and only bra is walked down the runway by security and then put into the vault for good.
In case you're not up-to-date on your intimates event knowledge, let me break it down for you. The 2017 Victoria's Secret Fashion Show will be held in Shanghai, China. You don't need a passport to get involved though. The show will air on Nov. 28 at 11 p.m. ET/8 p.m. PT on CBS.
The Fantasy Bra moment is always an iconic moment of the show, and a huge honor. It's notable that Victoria's Secret has chosen two black women back-to-back to rock the design down the runway, clearly working to up racial representation on the runway. Here's to hoping that the list of Fantasy Bra wearing models will be even more diverse in coming years. Maybe eventually we'll see models of all shapes, sizes, and backgrounds rocking the iconic brassier.