Aquatic Angels, Kanye West, and Jay-Z: The Most Jaw-Dropping Moments at The Victoria's Secret Show

The annual Victoria's Secret show is a $12 million spectacle, and this year's show offered up both over-the-top costumes and musical surprises, including Maroon 5, Nicki Minaj and Jay-Z joining Kanye West.

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Seashell wings at the 2011 Victoria's Secret Fashion Show.
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The annual Victoria's Secret show is a $12 million spectacle, and this year's show offered up both over-the-top costumes and musical surprises, including Maroon 5, Nicki Minaj and Jay-Z joining Kanye West.
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While one might expect the epic show to kick off with pounding beats and bright lights, this year the show started with classical music and a ballet performance.
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The Ballet section of the show feature plenty of tutus, but the butterfly and insect-looking wings were the most breathtaking.
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Model Anja Rubik in a pair of almost irridescent wings.
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Model Miranda Kerr closed the Ballet portion of the show, which brought her husband Orlando Bloom -- who was seated in the front row -- to his feet, clapping. (That might explain her big smile.)
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Instead of wings, several of the costumes in the Super Angels section featured lightweight fabric with "pow"-type catchphrases, that ballooned behind the models like parachutes.
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Model Izabel Goulart's wings were so big, she looked like she might be able to take off.
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The construction of model Lindsay Ellington's wings were similarly spectacular: three layers of sharp, silver pieces that all bounced as she walked.
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Kanye West was scheduled to perform at the show (here wearing a not-yet-available-in-stores Versace for H&M jacket), but in a surprise move, he brought pal Jay-Z to the stage for a special second song. A pregnant Beyonce also materialized in the front row just to hear the song.
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In the Passion section of the show, model Alessandra Ambrosio sported peacock-like wings that were completely embellished.
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Model Doutzen Kroes sported a massive pair of wings meant to serve as an over-the-top version of a traditional Spanish mantilla.
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The Angels Aquatic section of the show was the most fun to watch, especially the debut of the $2.5 million dollar bra, worn by Miranda Kerr, who looked like she was floating in a giant clam shell.
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Model Lindsay Ellingson sported similarly impressive shell-like wings.
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The undersea element was actually similar to many of the watery themes running through the Spring 2012 runway collections at Fashion Week. Here, Constance Jablonski's sparkly and feathery look wouldn't have been out of place on the Marchesa runway.
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It-model Karlie Kloss made her big Victoria's Secret debut sporting a pair of massive pale purple wings.
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Maroon 5 was one of the musical guests that performed during the show, and Adam Levine took the occasion to walk his girlfriend, Anne Vyalitsina, down the runway when she made her entrance.
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As always, model Adriana Lima got one of the most spectacular wings -- in this case, a moody pair of green-black wings that extended far over her head and far behind her.
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This pair of wings in the "I Put a Spell on You" section seemed almost like two massive dream-catchers.
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Sometimes the wings are even impressively mechanical: It's difficult to tell from this shot, but the umbrella wings that model Izabel Goulart is wearing were actually spinning at the same time.
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This black lace look was also especially dazzling on the runway, from the bustled fabric wings to the polka dot-detailed train.
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Nicki Minaj, in pink hair and bright yellow platforms, kicked off the closing Club Pink section of the show with her hit, "Super Bass."
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Newcomer Karlie Kloss had the honor of closing out the entire show clad in eye-popping neon wings and what looked like a disco ball peplum skirt.
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As always, the final walk -- led by Alessandra Ambrosio and Adriana Lima, festooned with confetti and balloons -- was as eye-popping as any show in Vegas.
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