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Victoria's Secret Belfast model Stella joins angelic catwalk elite

By Amanda Ferguson

Northern Ireland model Stella Maxwell has debuted her Angel wings at the Victoria's Secret annual fashion extravaganza in the US.

The 24-year-old, whose parents are from Belfast, looked stunning on the catwalk on Tuesday night, showcasing the Angels lingerie line.

The celebrity-filled event in New York featured musical performances from Ellie Goulding and Selena Gomez.

Ahead of the Victoria's Secret runway show at Lexington Avenue Armory, Stella posted a series of pictures on Instagram for the 1.2m followers of her online photograph account.

Among the backstage snaps was one of the model, topless, with just her long blonde hair preserving her modesty while another showed her wearing only a black thong. She also shared a group image and another of herself with giant butterfly wings, which was captioned 'Butterflies Rule'.

Models Candice Swanepoel, Behati Prinsloo, Alessandra Ambrosio and Adriana Lima also took part in the event, as well as Lily Aldridge, who wore the new Fantasy Bra, worth £1.3m.

Achieving Angel status is a highlight for Stella, a young model whose career is going from strength to strength.

Previously she has worked on projects for Alexander McQueen, Marc Jacobs and Moschino, among others.

Earlier this year she was rumoured to be dating pop star Miley Cyrus, but the Wrecking Ball singer denied the relationship in glossy magazine interviews over the summer.

The daughter of Northern Ireland diplomat Maurice Maxwell and Stella Maynes had been pictured with Cyrus a short time after the young entertainer said her sexual preferences were not limited with regard to biological sex or gender identity. "I'm very open about it - I'm pansexual," Cyrus told Elle UK.

"But I'm not in a relationship. I'm 22, I'm going on dates, but I change my style every two weeks, let alone who I'm with," she reportedly said.

Stella Maxwell has strong connections with Northern Ireland. She was reportedly born in Belgium and has spent most of her life abroad.

She began her modelling career while studying as a student in New Zealand.

Her father Maurice, a graduate of Queen's University, Belfast, worked for the European Commission and spent many years in Brussels. Mr Maxwell's most recent appointment before retiring in 2012 was as head of the European Commission's office in Belfast.

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