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Sunday, November 27, 2011

8 of the World’s Healthiest Spices & Herbs You Should Be Eating



Modern science is beginning to uncover the ultimate power of spices and herbs, as weapons against illnesses from cancer to Alzheimer's disease. "We're now starting to see a scientific basis for why people have been using spices medicinally for thousands of years," says Bharat Aggarwal, Ph.D., professor at the University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center in Houston and author of Healing Spices (Sterling, 2011).
Aggarwal notes that in his native India, where spices tend to be used by the handful, incidence of diet-related diseases like heart disease and cancer have long been low. But when Indians move away and adopt more Westernized eating patterns, their rates of those diseases rise. While researchers usually blame the meatier, fattier nature of Western diets, Aggarwal and other experts believe that herbs and spices-or more precisely, the lack of them-are also an important piece of the dietary puzzle. "When Indians eat more Westernized foods, they're getting much fewer spices than their traditional diet contains," he explains. "They lose the protection those spices are conveying."
While science has yet to show that any spice cures disease, there's compelling evidence that several may help manage some chronic conditions (though it's always smart to talk with your doctor). What's not to love? Here we've gathered eight of the healthiest spices and herbs enjoyed around the world.
Chile Peppers May help: Boost metabolism.
Chile peppers add a much-appreciated heat to chilly-weather dishes, and they can also give a boost to your metabolism. Thank capsaicin, the compound that gives fresh chiles, and spices including cayenne and chipotle, their kick. Studies show that capsaicin can increase the body's metabolic rate (causing one to burn more calories) and may stimulate brain chemicals that help us feel less hungry. In fact, one study found that people ate 16 percent fewer calories at a meal if they'd sipped a hot-pepper-spiked tomato juice (vs. plain tomato juice) half an hour earlier. Recent research found that capsinoids, similar but gentler chemicals found in milder chile hybrids, have the same effects-so even tamer sweet paprika packs a healthy punch. Capsaicin may also lower risk of ulcers by boosting the ability of stomach cells to resist infection by ulcer-causing bacteria and help the heart by keeping "bad" LDL cholesterol from turning into a more lethal, artery-clogging form.
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Ginger May help: Soothe an upset stomach, fight arthritis pain.
Ginger has a well-deserved reputation for relieving an unsettled stomach. Studies show ginger extracts can help reduce nausea caused by morning sickness or following surgery or chemotherapy, though it's less effective for motion sickness. But ginger is also packed with inflammation-fighting compounds, such as gingerols, which some experts believe may hold promise in fighting some cancers and may reduce the aches of osteoarthritis and soothe sore muscles. In a recent study, people who took ginger capsules daily for 11 days reported 25 percent less muscle pain when they performed exercises designed to strain their muscles (compared with a similar group taking placebo capsules). Another study found that ginger-extract injections helped relieve osteoarthritis pain of the knee. 
Cinnamon
May help: Stabilize blood sugar.

A few studies suggest that adding cinnamon to food-up to a teaspoon a day, usually given in capsule form-might help people with type 2 diabetes better control their blood sugar, by lowering post-meal blood-sugar spikes. Other studies suggest the effects are limited at best.
Turmeric
May help: Quell inflammation, inhibit tumors.

Turmeric, the goldenrod-colored spice, is used in India to help wounds heal (it's applied as a paste); it's also made into a tea to relieve colds and respiratory problems. Modern medicine confirms some solid-gold health benefits as well; most are associated with curcumin, a compound in turmeric that has potent antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. Curcumin has been shown to help relieve pain of arthritis, injuries and dental procedures; it's also being studied for its potential in managing heart disease, diabetes and Alzheimer's disease. Researcher Bharat Aggarwal is bullish on curcumin's potential as a cancer treatment, particularly in colon, prostate and breast cancers; preliminary studies have found that curcumin can inhibit tumor cell growth and suppress enzymes that activate carcinogens.
Saffron
May help: Lift your mood.

Saffron has long been used in traditional Persian medicine as a mood lifter, usually steeped into a medicinal tea or used to prepare rice. Research from Iran's Roozbeh Psychiatric Hospital at Tehran University of Medical Sciences has found that saffron may help to relieve symptoms of premenstrual syndrome (PMS) and depression. In one study, 75% of women with PMS who were given saffron capsules daily reported that their PMS symptoms (such as mood swings and depression) declined by at least half, compared with only 8 percent of women who didn't take saffron. 
Parsley
May help: Inhibit breast cancer-cell growth.

University of Missouri scientists found that this herb can actually inhibit breast cancer-cell growth, reported Holly Pevzner in the September/October 2011 issue of EatingWell Magazine. In the study, animals that were given apigenin, a compound abundant in parsley (and in celery), boosted their resistance to developing cancerous tumors. Experts recommend adding a couple pinches of minced fresh parsley to your dishes daily.
Sage
May help: Preserve memory, soothe sore throats.

Herbalists recommend sipping sage tea for upset stomachs and sore throats, a remedy supported by one study that found spraying sore throats with a sage solution gave effective pain relief. And preliminary research suggests the herb may improve some symptoms of early Alzheimer's disease by preventing a key enzyme from destroying acetylcholine, a brain chemical involved in memory and learning. In another study, college students who took sage extracts in capsule form performed significantly better on memory tests, and their moods improved. 
Rosemary
May help: Enhance mental focus, fight foodborne bacteria.

One recent study found that people performed better on memory and alertness tests when mists of aromatic rosemary oil were piped into their study cubicles. Rosemary is often used in marinades for meats and poultry, and there's scientific wisdom behind that tradition: rosmarinic acid and other antioxidant compounds in the herb fight bacteria and prevent meat from spoiling, and may even make cooked meats healthier. In March 2010, Kansas State University researchers reported that adding rosemary extracts to ground beef helped prevent the formation of heterocyclic amines (HCAs)-cancer-causing compounds produced when meats are grilled, broiled or fried. 
By Kerri-Ann Jennings, M.S., R.D., Associate Nutrition Editor at EatingWell Magazine

What are your favorite herbs and spices?

Friday, November 25, 2011

Top 10 Tips for Black Friday Sales






  1. Research: start your Black Friday 2011 sale research on Thanksgiving day or earlier.
  2. Make a plan: identify what you want to buy, which stores have the best sales on Black Friday, and what time they open.
  3. Timing is everything: arrange stores by opening time from early to late.
  4. A fool and his money: be wary of Black Friday deals with quantity limits. If a store only has 10 items at that price, go elsewhere.
  5. Visualize: know where your items are in the store.
  6. Stay Safe: Previous Black Friday sales were honestly deadly; please don't trample or shoot anyone!
  7. Power of numbers: go with a team and attack separate stores or separate sections of the same store. Designate a meeting place.
  8. Bring a snack: only amateurs stop at the food court on Black Friday! (Or the bathroom - so go before you leave.)
  9. The quiet ones: don't ignore stores that don't advertise. They will have Black Friday deals too!!
  10. Have fun: enjoy your family, friends and deals!

Black Friday 2011 Overall Predictions

The 2011 Black Friday climate is far from certain. While in 2010 the economy grew at 3.0% that was a drop from 2009's brisk 5.6% growth and the economy is now projected to slow to anemic 1.6% to 1.7% growth in 2011. The unemployment rate is at 9.1%, plus tens of millions more underemployed or no longer seeking work, and the US Federal Reserve doesn't see unemployment getting below 8.5% until at least 2013. This combined with continued foreclosure problems, a lack of credit, and the introduction of European sovereign debt problems that are seemingly beyond our control, or even that of Europeans, contribute to a continued concern and frugality for most US households. Despite this concern, we've seen a counter-intuitive decline in US household savings rates. Recently above 7%, the highest in a very long time, they have dropped to 3.6% of disposable income in September, though that is still less frugal than the 1-2% we saw from 2005-2007. These factors paint a mixed picture of Black Friday for retailers. Specifically...
  • Spending on average will increase again from $365 to $385 as consumers spend more despite the negativity.
  • The amount of Black Friday shoppers will increase from 212 million last year to 225 million this year. This the biggest of all discount-focused days and will continue to capture the attention of more shoppers given the broader economic difficulties.
  • With more shoppers spending more money, Black Friday spending as a percentage of total holiday sales will increase significantly from 10.0% to 10.6%.
  • The amount of Black Friday online shopping will jump from $648 million to $705 million as people try to avoid stores, and online shopping because even more popular.

    Wednesday, November 16, 2011

    Jay Z Makes A Big Statement Tonight on The X Factor


    Tonight Jay Z (who I am sure arranged this) made a serious statement to his critics by having millions see his "Occupy" tee on National TV while The X Factor aired. Chris Rene wore the tee during his performance. Check it out below:


    ‘Occupy Wall Street’ Leader Criticizes Jay-z: ‘He Has the Political Sensibility of A Hood Rat’

    Posted from NecoleBitchie
    Jay-z wants a piece of the Occupy Wall Street pie but he doesn’t plan on sharing the profits.
    A few weeks ago, Rocawear created t-shirts stamped with ‘Occupy All Streets’ in support of the Occupy Wall Street movement. The t-shirts reportedly went on sale yesterday, however the company was immediately bombarded with criticism after releasing a statement saying that proceeds from the $22 dollar t-shirts would not be donated to the cause:
    The ‘Occupy All Streets’ T shirt was created in support of the ‘Occupy Wall Street’ movement. Rocawear strongly encourages all forms of constructive expression, whether it be artistic, political or social. ‘Occupy All Streets’ is our way of reminding people that there is change to be made everywhere, not just on Wall Street. At this time we have not made an official commitment to monetarily support the movement.
    According to TMZ, supporters of ‘Occupy Wall Street’ were livid with the clothing company and one of the leaders (Priscilla Grim) blasted Jay by saying:
    Jay-Z, as talented as he is, has the political sensibility of a hood rat and is a scrotum. To attempt to profit off of the first important social moment of 50 years with an overpriced piece of cotton is an insult to the fight for economic civil rights known as #occupywallstreet.”
    occupy all streets

    As of today, the shirts are no longer available on Rocawear’s website.


    occupy all streets 1


    Do you think Jay should share the profits with the Occupy Wall Street movement?

    Jay is not the only person trying to make a profit off the "Occupy" movement. There are plenty of listing on ebay for tees priced even higher than his, hoodies, car stickers, and the list goes on. He is only receiving the negative comments because of who he is. 

    Tuesday, November 15, 2011

    Top 10 Cities to Find a Romantic Man



    San Francisco's skyline at night. Photo credit: Flickr user "kenny hindgren"
    I have an amazingly romantic man but I found this post Chemistry.com for all the singles ladies keeping up with my blog. Chemisty.com apparently has discovered the nation’s Top 10 Cities to Find a Romantic Man.  They used their data based on the personality types of American singles from their site and they say they have uncovered the cities with the highest concentrations of passionate single men- and you may be surprised by where they are romancing!


    Their chief scientific advisor, Dr. Helen Fisher, states her thoughts around men and romantic tendencies: 
         
    “It’s a myth that men aren’t as romantic as women,” she says. “Your romantic streak just depends on your biological makeup. Based on my research at Chemistry.com, I have found that men who are more expressive of estrogen (and there are lots of them, including some football players,) fall in love more regularly than others. These men are also the most creative when it comes to planning romantic activities, and romantic times are particularly meaningful to them.”


    The data revealed the most romantic men- the Negotiators- can be found in cities known for their trendy cultures, as San Francisco, CA, Portland, OR, and Austin, TX claim the top 3 spots.

    Austin Skyline above
    Find the rest of the Top 10 Cities to Find a Romantic Man below:
    1. San Francisco, CA
    2. Portland, OR
    3. Austin, TX
    4. Salt Lake City, UT
    5. Hartford, CT
    6. Boston, MA
    7. Seattle, WA
    8. New York, NY
    9. Los Angeles, CA
    10. Washington D.C.
    Do you live in one of these cities? Have you dated one of these romancers (or are you a romantic man)? Tell us in the comments below!

    Saturday, November 12, 2011

    Jay Z Criticized For His "Occupy All Streets" Tees

    ‘Occupy Wall Street’ Leader Criticizes Jay-z: ‘He Has the Political Sensibility of A Hood Rat’



    Posted from NecoleBitchie
    Jay-z wants a piece of the Occupy Wall Street pie but he doesn’t plan on sharing the profits.
    A few weeks ago, Rocawear created t-shirts stamped with ‘Occupy All Streets’ in support of the Occupy Wall Street movement. The t-shirts reportedly went on sale yesterday, however the company was immediately bombarded with criticism after releasing a statement saying that proceeds from the $22 dollar t-shirts would not be donated to the cause:
    The ‘Occupy All Streets’ T shirt was created in support of the ‘Occupy Wall Street’ movement. Rocawear strongly encourages all forms of constructive expression, whether it be artistic, political or social. ‘Occupy All Streets’ is our way of reminding people that there is change to be made everywhere, not just on Wall Street. At this time we have not made an official commitment to monetarily support the movement.
    According to TMZ, supporters of ‘Occupy Wall Street’ were livid with the clothing company and one of the leaders (Priscilla Grim) blasted Jay by saying:
    Jay-Z, as talented as he is, has the political sensibility of a hood rat and is a scrotum. To attempt to profit off of the first important social moment of 50 years with an overpriced piece of cotton is an insult to the fight for economic civil rights known as #occupywallstreet.”
    occupy all streets



    As of today, the shirts are no longer available on Rocawear’s website.





    occupy all streets 1



    Do you think Jay should share the profits with the Occupy Wall Street movement?

    Jay is not the only person trying to make a profit off the "Occupy" movement. There are plenty of listing on ebay for tees priced even higher than his, hoodies, car stickers, and the list goes on. He is only receiving the negative comments because of who he is. 

    Here's another example of the other "Occupy" movement pieces that you can buy online.
     

    You get the point..... 





    Thursday, November 10, 2011

    Kiss Kiss

    He thought it was just a kiss. 
    He had no idea he would have to pay her bills. Lol



    Will Chelsea Handler Ever Find True Love?


    By Jolie du Pre 

    Chelsea Handler
    Chelsea Handler loves to joke about men, but we have a feeling true love is what she really wants. After less than a year, the comedienne has split from hotelier and residential developer Andre Balazs. The announcement, confirmed by her rep, may come as a surprise to some.
    During the start of her relationship with Balazs, folks remember when she was a guest on "Piers Morgan Tonight" last May. Chelsea did everything she could to hold back her enthusiasm. It was like she was a different person. "I'm seeing someone now, but, I have spent so much time exposing my personal life to everybody that I finally am in a situation where I feel like it's disrespectful to another person," she said.
    Before her love affair with Andre, and after splitting with Dave Salmoni, Handler was suspected of dating 50 Cent. The strongest evidence? It was when the pair posted Twitpics on the same day.
    The rapper tweeted a photo of Chelsea giving him a kiss on the cheek. "Why people keep saying I got jungle fever. I ain't never even kissed a white women. Lol."

    Victoria's Secret 2011 Runway Show Preview


    Victorias Secret Miranda Kerr Lindsay Ellingson Lily Aldrige Erin Heatherton Doutzen Kroes Candice Swanepoel Adriana Lima

    Adam Levine serenades his model girlfriend Anne Vyalitsyna as she sashays down Victoria's Secret catwalk



    Most men would jump at the chance to share the stage with a host of lingerie-clad supermodels.
    But for Maroon 5 frontman Adam Levine, he only had eyes for his model girlfriend Anne Vyalitsyna as she sashayed the catwalk at the annual Victoria's Secret Fashion Show.
    Performing his hit song Moves Like Jagger, smitten Levine was temporarily distracted from his set by the sight of the Russian blonde in blue lingerie.
    The look of love: Maroon 5 frontman Adam Levine serenades his model girlfriend Anne Vyalitsyna as they walk down the catwalk of the Victoria's Secret Fashion Show
    The look of love: Maroon 5 frontman Adam Levine serenades his model girlfriend Anne Vyalitsyna as they walk down the catwalk of the Victoria's Secret Fashion Show
    What a lucky man: Levine plants a kiss on his girlfriend of nearly two years
    What a lucky man: Levine plants a kiss on his girlfriend of nearly two years
    Vyalitsyna was one a host of top models, including Adriana Lima, Miranda Kerr, Alessandra Ambrosio, Erin Heatherton, Doutzen Kroes and Chanel Iman, showcasing their fabulous figures.
    While he had been in the zone singing when the other models strutted their stuff, Levine, 32, was happy to escort his girlfriend down the runway.
    "That's the father of my child!" Blooming Beyoncé cheers on Jay-Z as he performs surprise set at the Victoria's Secret Show
    • Worth the weight? Alessandra Ambrosio had to strengthen her back for 30lb wings that took seven years to make
    • The transformation of Miranda Kerr: Behind the scenes of Victoria's Secret Fashion Show as the Angels get runway-ready
    The 25-year-old looked stunning as she showed off her 34-24-34 figure in a bejewelled navy knickers and bra, which were teamed with sequinned 'fins', giving her the air of an aquatic creature.
    After they got to the end of the catwalk at the Lexington Avenue Armory, Levine gave her a kiss on the cheek before stepping back to let the audience appreciate her curves.
    Having a ball: Vyalitsyna laughs out loud as her boyfriend belts out Moves Like Jagger
    Having a ball: Vyalitsyna laughs out loud as her boyfriend belts out Moves Like Jagger
    Tough preparation: Vyalitsina admitted she'd been hitting the gym daily in the weeks leading up to the show
    Tough preparation: Vyalitsina admitted she'd been hitting the gym daily in the weeks leading up to the show
    Backstage, Vyalitsyna posted photos of her in her pink Victoria's Secret robe getting her hair and make-up done before the big event on her Twitter page.
    She tweeted: 'Getting my beauty on backstage VSFashionShow. Two hours before the first show!
    'With my favourite and beautiful Izabel Goulart backstage.'
    Well that's definitely super! Brazilian supermodel Adriana Lima looked sensational in blue underwear and a massive 'Incredible' cape
    Well that's definitely super! Brazilian supermodel Adriana Lima looked sensational in blue underwear and a massive 'Incredible' cape
    Passion: The 30-year-old beauty embodies the spirit of lust and romance on the glittering catwalk
    Passion: The 30-year-old beauty embodies the spirit of lust and romance on the glittering catwalk
    Passion: The 30-year-old beauty embodies the spirit of lust and romance on the glittering catwalk
    Unsurprisingly, Vyalitsyna has been hitting the gym in recent weeks to get her body in top condition for the titillating show.
    She paid tribute to her personal trainer Justin Gelband for whipping her into shape.
    She wrote on her Twitter page: 'Just finished my last work out before Victoria's Secret show. Feels so great to be in an amazing shape.
    High drama: Lima looked ready to take off in her black lingerie and bird feathers
    High drama: Lima looked ready to take off in her black lingerie and bird feathers
    What a treasure! Ambrosio in the Passion Play wings, which took seven years to design and make
    What a treasure! Ambrosio in the Passion Play wings, which took seven years to design and make.
    Going girlie: Fellow Brazilian model Alessandra Ambrosio went for a softer looked in pink ballerina-style (left), before changing into white
    Going girlie: Fellow Brazilian model Alessandra Ambrosio went for a softer looked in pink ballerina-style (left), before changing into white
    Going girlie: Fellow Brazilian model Alessandra Ambrosio went for a softer looked in pink ballerina-style (left), before changing into white
    'Last three weeks had a lot of sweat and tears. Thank you Justin Gelband for putting up with me and kicking my a** like never before.'
    Last night's show marked the third time Vyalitsyna has modelled for Victoria's Secret, having taken part in both the 2008 and 2010 shows.
    Last year, Levine stayed in the audience as he watched Vyalitsyna struts her stuff.
    What a show: Alessandra and Adriana make an arresting sight in light and dark colours at the fantastical show
    What a show: Alessandra and Adriana make an arresting sight in light and dark colours at the fantastical show.
    The crowning glory: Australian model Miranda Kerr wears a $2.5million diamond-studded Fantasy Treasure bra at the show's finale
    The crowning glory: Australian model Miranda Kerr wears a $2.5million diamond-studded Fantasy Treasure bra at the show's finale.
    Va va voom: Kerr's other two outfits were low-key compared to her ice peacock ensemble
    Va va voom: Kerr's other two outfits were low-key compared to her ice peacock ensemble
    Va va voom: Kerr's other two outfits were low-key compared to her ice peacock ensemble
    Levine and Vyalitsyna have been dating since early 2010 after meeting at the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue release party in Las Vegas where Maroon 5 performed.
    However, undoubtedly one of the biggest stars of the Victoria's Secret show was Brazilian supermodels Adriana Lima and Alessandra Ambrosio, who are currently fourth and firth in the list of the world's top-paid models.
    Mother-of-one Lima, 30, kicked off the show to the sounds of rapper Kayne West's hit Stronger in a simple blue set of knickers and bra, with orange thigh-high boots and a large 'Incredible' cape flowing behind her.
    How super: Dutch supermodel Doutzen Kroes was celebrating her fourth year with Victoria's Secret
    How super: Dutch supermodel Doutzen Kroes was celebrating her fourth year with Victoria's Secret
    How super: Dutch supermodel Doutzen Kroes was celebrating her fourth year with Victoria's Secret.
    Hola Chica! Kroes looks red-hot in her flamenco-inspired ensemble
    Hola Chica! Kroes, who gave birth to her first child in January, looks red-hot in her flamenco-inspired ensemble
    She then changed into a flamenco-style ensemble of black lace lingerie and stockings, which gave the audience a good view of her pert derrière.
    And for the finale, she showed off her 34-24-35 curves in a black sheer bodystocking as she danced down the catwalk with Ambrosio.
    Quirky: Minaj bends down so not to upstage the model
    Quirky: Minaj bends down so not to upstage the model. She is wearing a Versace for H&M  jacket. 
    A man's fantasy land: Kanye West and Jay-Z looked thrilled to be sharing the stage with such a host of beauties
    A man's fantasy land: Kanye West and Jay-Z looked thrilled to be sharing the stage with such a host of beauties.
    Jayz
    Contrasting to Lima, Ambrosio was dressed in softer lingerie - a ballet-themed pink ensemble with tutu, before changing into a white polka-dot bra and feathered skirt.
    The 30-year-old was given the honour of wearing the Passion Play Fan Wings, which were seven years in the making.
    All-American girl: Illinois-native Erin Heatherton went for a super-hero theme in PVC and glass wings
    All-American girl: Illinois-native Erin Heatherton went for a super-hero theme in PVC and glass wings.
    Just peachy: Heatherton was away with the fairies in her baby pink bejewelled lingerie set and matching wings
    Just peachy: Heatherton was away with the fairies in her baby pink bejewelled lingerie set and matching wings.
    Lingerie lovely: Polish model Anja Rubik looked lovely in lilac (left), while American model Lindsay Ellingson was fairly covered up
    Lingerie lovely: Polish model Anja Rubik looked lovely in lilac (left), while American model Lindsay Ellingson was fairly covered up
    Lingerie lovely: Polish model Anja Rubik looked lovely in lilac (left), while American model Lindsay Ellingson was fairly covered up.
    Rock 'n' roll: American Lily Aldridge (left), who married Kings Of Leon frontman Caleb Followill earlier this year, and British model Lily Donaldson (right) showcased different designs
    Rock 'n' roll: American Lily Aldridge (left), who married Kings Of Leon frontman Caleb Followill earlier this year, and British model Lily Donaldson (right) showcased different designs
    Rock 'n' roll: American Lily Aldridge (left), who married Kings Of Leon frontman Caleb Followill earlier this year, and British model Lily Donaldson (right) showcased different designs.
    The antique copper wings are plated with 23-carat gold and are embellished with 105,000 Swarovski crystals.
    Designed and made in Sydney by Manik Mercian, the glistening prop weighs 22 pounds but it was a fitting tribute to mark her 10th trot down the catwalk.
    There were various different themes for the lengthy show, which gave the lingerie chain plenty of opportunities to showcase their latest designs.
    High drama: South African model Candice Swanepoel (left) showed off her tiny waist in a black and white ensemble, before changing into a fun neon set
    High drama: South African model Candice Swanepoel (left) showed off her tiny waist in a black and white ensemble, before changing into a fun neon set
    High drama: South African model Candice Swanepoel (left) showed off her tiny waist in a black and white ensemble, before changing into a fun neon set.
    Arty: Swanepoel walks through the 'Degas-inspired' ballet scene with fragile dancers in repose by creative designer, Sophia Neophitou-Apostolou
    Arty: Swanepoel walks through the 'Degas-inspired' ballet scene with fragile dancers in repose by creative designer, Sophia Neophitou-Apostolou.
    Colourful: American model Chanel Iman admitted she had gained 15lbs to fill out the lingerie better
    Colourful: American model Chanel Iman admitted she had gained 15lbs to fill out the lingerie better
    Colourful: American model Chanel Iman admitted she had gained 15lbs to fill out the lingerie better.
    The $12m show was overflowing with acres of bare flesh as the angels model the lingerie brand's latest collection.
    WWD reports that the New York show takes a full year to plan - and a small army to bring to fruition, including designers, seamstresses, embroiderers and prop makers.
    A stunning ballet tribute segued into a evocation of the 'Passions' then to a Super Angels special, an aquatic homage, a New Orleans-style sequence, and finally a pumping disco Club Pink crescendo.
    Sizzling: American model and ballet dancer Karlie Kloss looked like she was having plenty of fun during the show
    Sizzling: American model and ballet dancer Karlie Kloss looked like she was having plenty of fun during the show
    Sizzling: American model and ballet dancer Karlie Kloss looked like she was having plenty of fun during the show.
    Fancy some windsurfing? Brazilian model Isabel Goulart looked ready to fly away with her oversized wings
    Fancy some windsurfing? Brazilian model Isabel Goulart looked ready to fly away with her oversized wings.
    Ooh la la: Goulart certainly looked ready for the rain in her wacky Parisian get-up
    Ooh la la: Goulart certainly looked ready for the rain in her wacky Parisian get-up.
    Flying the flag... or wings for Britain: North London model Lily Donaldson took part
    Flying the flag... or wings for Britain: North London model Lily Donaldson took part.

    Kanye's performance on stage was long-awaited - he was due to rap at the 2007 show but pulled out following the death of his mother.
    He told the crowd: 'I lost my super hero and now she’s my super angel.'
    West then introduced his 'big bro' Jay-Z, whose pregnant wife Beyonce was spotted watching from the front row in a white billowing dress.
    Themes: Estonian model Karmen Pedaru (left) and French model Constance Jablonski embodied the diverse imagery of the evening
    Themes: Estonian model Karmen Pedaru (left) and French model Constance Jablonski embodied the diverse imagery of the evening
    Themes: Estonian model Karmen Pedaru (left) and French model Constance Jablonski embodied the diverse imagery of the evening.
    Ornate: Brazilian model Emanuela De Paula wore embroidered wings (left), while Chinese beauty Liu Wen modelled a pink bikini
    Ornate: Brazilian model Emanuela De Paula wore embroidered wings (left), while Chinese beauty Liu Wen modelled a pink bikini
    Ornate: Brazilian model Emanuela De Paula wore embroidered wings (left), while Chinese beauty Liu Wen modelled a pink bikini
    Miranda Kerr took back her crown - or rather, bra - after missing a year due to her pregnancy.
    The Australian delivered baby Flynn, her son with husband Orlando Bloom, in January, was impossible to tell as she strutted in her show-stopping ice peacock outfit.
    The piece de resistance was the show-stopping $2.5million Fantasy Treasure bra, dripping with yellow diamonds and pearls, which complemented Kerr's stunning figure perfectly.
    • The Victoria's Secret Fashion Show will be screened on U.S. network CBS on November 29.
    Celebrate: The models go wild during the climax of the show
    Celebrate: The models go wild during the climax of the show.
    Spectacular, spectacular: The crowd is whipped into a frenzy as the air is filled with balloons and ticker tape at the Lexington Avenue Armory
    Spectacular, spectacular: The crowd is whipped into a frenzy as the air is filled with balloons and ticker tape at the Lexington Avenue Armory.

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