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Crowds go Ga Ga for stunner Stella Maxwell on Victoria's Secret catwalk

By Thomas Adamson

Supermodel Stella Maxwell (25) has taken part in the laciest, if not raciest, catwalk event of the year - the Victoria's Secret fashion show in Paris.

The former girlfriend of Miley Cyrus, whose parents are from Northern Ireland, was one of the stunning models showcasing the lingerie company's underwear line.

Held in the huge steel and glass atrium of Paris's Grand Palais, Lady Gaga and Bruno Mars performed as some of the world's highest paid models showed off the range.

Stella, whose parents Maurice Maxwell and Stella Maynes hail from Belfast, stunned the crowd around the runway with a Swarovski crystals-strewn outfit.

Stella was born in Belgium and has spent most of her life living abroad.

She began her modelling career while she was a student in New Zealand.

Her chartered accountant dad worked for the European Commission since graduating in economics from Queen's University in 1983.

Between 2004 and 2007 he was the commission's representative in New Zealand, and also spent much of his career in Brussels.

Mr Maxwell's most recent appointment before his retirement in 2012 was head of the European Commission's office in Belfast.

At yesterday's show Victoria's Secret's signature wings fluttered throughout - in feather, silk, gold gild, suede and Swarovski crystal.

With a retro bleached hairstyle, Lady Gaga gave a rousing and gutsy live performance of Million Reasons to the crowd, and appeared again for A-YO.

At one point her microphone got stuck in the tassels of her dark cowboy hat.

But this didn't stop the consummate professional, who continued singing John Wayne as the models danced with her and criss-crossed the runway rhythmically to the beat of the song.

Mars and The Weeknd also performed during the fashion extravaganza.

As the show ended, a million pieces of glittered ribbon fell on the adoring crowd.

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