Each year, the annual Victoria's Secret show is responsible for the coming together of some of the world's most beautiful women, as they take part in the glittery lingerie extravaganza. Naturally, we get pretty damn excited when an Australian model is among the ranks, and this year is no exception. We've seem Miranda Kerr, Shanina Shaik and Bridget Malcolm walk for the brand over the years, and now 2017 brings fresh face Victoria Lee. The beauty is currently fronting Seafolly campaigns (as well as a whole bunch of other modelling feats), but we're pretty sure the VS runway will send her already stellar career up to new heights.
Something you might not know about Lee is that the beauty is from rural NSW; she hails from Narrandera. From country life to celeb status, we've followed Lee all the way to Shanghai where she will prove her (almost) Angel-status. We were lucky enough to chat with Lee about all things skincare, beauty, and mental prep for the VS show, and it turns out the model has some choice product recommendations (not to mention she's an Aussie brand champion).
Keep scrolling for the full Q&A.
Byrdie Australia: What has your skincare routine been like in the lead up to the show?
Victoria Lee: My skincare routine has always been simple, and I've kept it the same during castings, and now in the lead up to the show. I use products that are gentle yet effective (nothing to harsh or astringent. I just like my skin to be clean and nourished).
The first thing I do in the morning is splash my face with cold water before I pat dry with a towel. I’ll shower, and if I feel my skin needs it, I’ll cleanse with Asap Daily Facial Cleanser ($38). However, I don’t want to be constantly stripping my natural oils, so often I'll just use water. Next, I press This Works Stress Check Face Oil ($74) in, and let it absorb while I make a coffee or tea. Next up is toner. I use a mist toner before my Asap Moisturising Daily Defense SPF 50 ($22). I wait for it to all sink in before I apply makeup (if I'm using any).
At night, my routine depends on what I’ve been doing during the day. If I’ve been at work, I use Bioderma Sensibio H20 ($32) to remove any makeup. I'll follow that with cleanser to remove any remaining dirt. I don't exfoliate as I use cotton pads on my skin, I find it's enough. If I feel congested though, I'll double-cleanse and use Asap Daily Exfoliating Facial Scrub ($38) to clear everything out—especially if I've been in New York. I use my toner again, and if I have a blemish I’ll pat a little Skin Design London Ultra C Glow Antioxidant Serum ($181) onto it. This treats, nourishes and calms the area. I’ll then apply Bare Minerals Butter Drench Restorative Rich Cream ($55) to the rest of my face. I found this cream is great for the evening as my skin gets a good dose of moisture, but the texture isn’t too thick or heavy.
Every time I apply my moisturiser, I’ll give my skin a little massage. Taking the time to make sure your products really penetrate your skin is important. Once or twice a week I do a mask, switching it up depending on what my skin needs. If it needs hydration I love SKII Facial Treatment Mask ($150 for six). If my skin needs general TLC, I love Mario Badescu Rose Hips Mask ($28). Another thing I actually love is raw honey. It’s full of antioxidants, is calming, nourishing, and is naturally antibacterial.
B: What Australian Beauty brands you love?
VL: I love so many Australian beauty brands. I use my Asap products every day. I have a lot of Aesop products—I love the Chamomile Concentrate Anti-Blemish Masque ($45), and the Rind Concentrate Body Balm ($39). Milk & Co Beauty Wipes ($10) are another favourite. I actually have a list of Aussie products I want to try—I’m excited about Jess Hart’s Luma Cosmetics.
B: What has your workout routine been like in the lead up to the show?
VL: I see my trainer Jasmine, at Body By Simone, three times a week. These sessions last 60 minutes, we combine a variety of different strength exercises with short bursts of cardio to raise my heart rate. We focus on strengthening and toning all the major muscle groups. Our sessions are always different, so it makes it easy to stay motivated and improve. We use a mixture of light free weights, ankle weights, wrist weights, wall bands, gliders, trampolines, skipping ropes, and my own body weight.
On days I don’t see Jasmine (I never have two intense sessions in a row), I do a lighter dance cardio class at Body By Simone, or take a class at Ballet Beautiful with my instructor, Yuki. I've found dance-based workouts are best for my body. They're also so much fun, which is important. I always schedule rest days where I'll do nothing but stretch. It's important to recover before I do it all over again.
B: How are you taking care of your mental health while preparing for the show?
VL: Every morning, I allow myself to wake up and enjoy the quiet before I switch my phone on. This helps me to feel calm and centered for the rest of the day, rather than overwhelmed. In terms of the VS show, mental preparation was a huge priority for me. I maintained my morning routine and paid extra attention to positive thoughts—no negative self talk allowed. I focus on doing my best in the areas I have control over. Outside of that, there’s nothing I can do, so I didn’t worry about it. I also just constantly reminded myself to enjoy the process and have fun. At the end of the day, that is what it’s all about.
B: What healthy snacks do you turn to while travelling?
VL: It’s all about convenience and being able to throw something in my bag without worrying about spillage. I always have some almonds, maybe some dark chocolate, a piece of fruit—depending on how big my bag is. On the plane, I like to take an avocado and some hard boiled eggs with me. A small packet of protein powder is also a handy on the go—you just combine with water into a cup, and you’re good.