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Porn or girl power? Behind the scenes at the Victoria’s Secret lingerie show

Stella Maxwell 
at her costume fitting
The Manhattan headquarters of Victoria’s Secret is no place for the insecure. Up on the 12th floor, the corridors of the lingerie firm are lined with vast images of its lacy wares, advertised upon some of the most impossibly perfect bodies nature ever created. Employees queuing at the in-house coffee bar do so surrounded by tanned, taut abs, firm, flawless bottoms and the perkiest of bosoms. It’s more than enough to make you reconsider that mid-morning croissant.

One might comfort oneself with the notion that such images are retouched and Photoshopped. But today, beyond the coffee bar, in a fitting room-cum-studio heavily guarded by unsmiling security, several…

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