Victoria’s Secret is bringing its controversial fashion show back to the runway

The Angels are back.

While Victoria’s Secret tried a revamped version of its iconic fashion show in 2023, the brand announced Wednesday that it was bringing the catwalk spectacular back to its original format with a splashy runway show this year.

The new show “will deliver precisely what our customers have been asking for – the glamour, runway, fashion, fun, wings, entertainment – all through a powerful, modern lens reflecting who we are today,” a spokesperson for the brand tells Page Six Style.

Gisele Bündchen was a regular during the retailer’s annual fashion show. WireImage
Adriana Lima, Elsa Hosk, Alessandra Ambrosio and Josephine Skriver posed during the 2016 show. Getty Images for Victoria’s Secret
Models like Tyra Banks rocked angel wings on the VS catwalk. Ron Galella Collection via Getty Images

Victoria’s Secret tested a new format for its fashion show last year after receiving backlash for not including a diverse range of models in its annual TV special.

The show went on a four-year hiatus after facing plummeting ratings in 2018, returning with the “Victoria’s Secret World Tour” in 2023, which was a more fluid pre-taped presentation and streamed on Prime Video.

The brand’s fashion show debuted in 1997 and featured a range of big-name models — dubbed Victoria’s Secret Angels — over the years, with the likes of Heidi Klum, Gisele Bündchen, Naomi Campbell, Kendall Jenner, Claudia Schiffer and Tyra Banks walking the catwalk.

Fans bashed the lingerie brand for not including women of all shapes and sizes. FilmMagic
Heidi Klum was a Victoria’s Secret Angel for a number of years. Getty Images
The brand tested a streaming special instead of a traditional fashion show last year. Prime Video
Gigi and Bella Hadid took part in the 2016 show together. Pascal Le Segretain

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Fans eagerly tuned in each year to see the steamy lingerie and performances from artists like Taylor Swift, Rihanna and the Spice Girls, but the special — which swapped between airing on ABC and CBS — dipped in popularity in the wake of the #MeToo movement.

However, it seems like the company is going back to basics after the “World Tour” special featuring Doja Cat shook things up from the typical runway format.

Though there is no date announced, the brand tells us it’s “thrilled to share a women-led articulation of this iconic property later this year.”