With the 2018 Victoria's Secret Fashion Show fast approaching (three sleeps and counting), models and Angels are touching down in New York City ahead of fashion's biggest runway event of the year. New Zealand-born Georgia Fowler (who counts both Sydney and New York as second homes) is about to walk her third consecutive year for the US lingerie giant, taking to the runway alongside her teenage idol Adriana Lima and big names such as Kendall Jenner, Gigi Hadid and Bella Hadid.
Below, we talk to the 26-year-old about the exercises she's been doing in the lead-up, the diet she sticks to and what the Victoria's Secret audition process is really like.
You’ve just had your fittings for this year’s show, how was that?
The fittings were so exciting, I’ve been seeing girls go in all week long but I’ve been away working, so I couldn’t wait to see what I was going to wear. I’m very happy with my look, couldn’t be happier.
How did it feel when you found out you were walking Victoria’s Secret for the third year in a row?
It’s just really great being invited back year after year because it just shows you’ve done something right, you earned your way up there and to be back it’s just a dream.
The audition process must be daunting, can you talk us through it?
It is, it’s quite terrifying, only because it means so much to you. You’ve put so much work into getting to that point and ultimately, even when you’ve done the hardest work it’s still up to a team of people there. I was still very nervous this year, but at least going in I now know the faces, I know the people there, so I can go up and give them a kiss, instead of it just being a complete stranger. Most girls have to do a pre-audition, but if you’ve done the show before you go straight to the callbacks, but in the callbacks, there’s still probably 200+ girls, there are lights and cameras and a whole lot of interviews behind-the-scenes. So you get there and you’re sitting down waiting for two and a half hours before you go in and you’re looking around you and there’s just a room full of the most beautiful girls. So it’s very competitive, to secure a spot is pretty fortunate.
What was it like the first time you stepped onto the runway? Can you remember what was going through your head?
Backstage I was a little nervous, as we all were. But once I turned the corner, it was like something else hit me. I was like ‘wow, I’m living the dream’. It was just the best time, I had so much fun out there. The crowd was roaring. I had a blast.
Did you have one VS Angel you really looked up to growing up?
I think Adriana Lima, she was on the front cover of my diary when I was in high school. I always admired her, I love how she crossed over from commercial to more high-end work as well, she’s been doing it for so long and looking so incredible and being such a great role model.
What have you been doing exercise wise to prep for the show?
Just a lot of it [laughs]. I’ve actually been travelling a lot these past few weeks and working every day, so it’s been quite hard to get myself into the gym, but I’m really proud of myself – every single day I got in there. I set myself a running goal because I’m not a runner, so that was different for me. I love strength training, I work out with my trainers (Joe Holder and Kirsty Godso) a lot.
You seem to always find the motivation to workout, even right after stepping off a long-haul flight. How do you do it?
Well, no one else is going to do it for you! [Laughs]. No, but I just want to be my absolute best, I want to show that I deserve to be up there and ultimately, it’s me being a perfectionist and wanting to do my best.
Do you have any in-flight beauty secrets?
It’s always a bit of a challenge, but I just wear a very thick moisturiser when I’m flying and lots of water. And as much sleep as you can get on a plane!
What does your morning routine look like?
I put on a playlist in the morning, I love waking up to some music. I’ll have a tea with some apple cider vinegar and then I’ll have a coffee. Then straight to the gym for a hard workout, a healthy breakfast and then I’ll go meet some friends for lunch – that is, if I’m not working.
What’s your usual day on a plate?
This question is always a bit tricky because I feel like everyone is so different and needs to listen to what their body needs, but personally, I love an adequate amount of protein, loads of leafy greens and a good amount of healthy fats, so I’ll have an avocado with every meal or lots of walnuts. But yeah, just being super healthy – nothing processed.
Are there any beauty products you couldn't live without?
I really love that Cosmedix line and Biologique Recherche, there’s this lotion called P50. And just a really good moisturiser, I love Skinfoods – it’s all natural.
Do you change anything about your skincare routine before a big show?
We all get oxygen facials before the Victoria’s Secret show, which just fills your skin with moisture and really makes you glow. But no, I’m not really one for crazy skin stuff, I think a less is more approach is better sometimes.