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Being a Victoria's Secret Angel is as close as it gets to heavenly perfection in fashion and beauty industry

By Frances Burscough

It's always good to see someone from Northern Ireland succeeding on the global stage and this is most certainly the case with the model Stella Maxwell.

Although until recently she was most famous for her relationship with the controversial singer Miley Cyrus, now she is making great strides on her own in the field of fashion modelling.

Indeed the term "model" isn't quite adequate anymore, for the statuesque blonde, whose parents are both Ulster natives, joined the most elite clique of supermodels on earth this week as she appeared for the first time as a Victoria Secrets Angel.

For those of you who haven't heard about this seasonal phenomenon, allow me to backtrack a little. Victoria's Secret is the largest and one of the most popular womenswear brand in the United States and "Angels" is the name of their luxury lingerie collection. Since the early 1990s, the collection has been presented in a highly-publicised runway show featuring the most desirable and successful supermodels on the planet.

That is one very costly gimmic in itself. The other is that they all wear angels wings atop their very delicately-clad decolletage.

Every model who ever strode a catwalk aspires to become a VS Angel because, frankly, you haven't quite made it unless you have.

Former and current Angels include the likes of Tyra Banks, Stephanie Seymore, Karen Mulder, Gloria Swannepoel, Karlie Kloss, Rosie Huntington Whiteley, Gisele Bundchen and Allessandra Ambrosio. So, it's fair to say that having a pair of wings attached to your shoulders is as close to modelling divinity as it gets.

And rightly so as you can see here, Stella looked absolutely flawless in her two angelic ensembles at Tuesday's runway event.

The first consisted of a white quilted basque and bra set complete with belt and braces, a leather bolero, furry bootees and ski goggles. Just what I like to wear for a few bevvies down the local, actually.

The second was a total contrast, combining a brilliantly colourful corset inspired by butterflies along with a pair of iridescent blue butterfly wings.

Alongside Stella in this year's line-up is none other than Kendall Jenner and the newest "It" girl on the block, Gigi Hadid.

As a result, the column inches generated by the Fall Collection could probably reach the starry stratosphere. And it looks like Stella's own career is now heading in the same direction too.

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