Adriana Lima thanks crowd at final Victoria’s Secret show

Adriana Lima
Adriana Lima appears backstage during hair and makeup at the 2018 Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show at Pier 94 on Thursday, Nov. 8, 2018, in New York. (Photo by Charles Sykes/Invision/AP) (Charles Sykes/Invision/AP/Charles Sykes)
Adriana Lima
Adriana Lima walks the runway during the 2018 Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show at Pier 94 on Thursday, Nov. 8, 2018, in New York. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP) (Evan Agostini/Invision/AP/Evan Agostini)
Adriana Lima, Luke Spiller
Adriana Lima, right, walks the runway as Luke Spiller of The Struts performs during the 2018 Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show at Pier 94 on Thursday, Nov. 8, 2018, in New York. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP) (Evan Agostini/Invision/AP/Evan Agostini)
Adriana Lima
Model Adriana Lima walks the runway during the 2018 Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show at Pier 94 on Thursday, Nov. 8, 2018, in New York. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP) (Evan Agostini/Invision/AP/Evan Agostini)
Taylor Hill, Jasmine Tookes, Elsa Hosk, Adriana Lima, Behati Prinsloo, Candice Swanepoel
Models Taylor Hill, left, Jasmine Tookes, Elsa Hosk, Adriana Lima, Behati Prinsloo, and Candice Swanepoel walk the runway during the 2018 Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show at Pier 94 on Thursday, Nov. 8, 2018, in New York. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP) (Evan Agostini/Invision/AP/Evan Agostini)
Alex DeLeon, Josephine Skriver
Alex DeLeon and Josephine Skriver attend the 2018 Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show after-party at Pier 94 on Thursday, Nov. 8, 2018, in New York. (Photo Charles Sykes/Invision/AP) (Charles Sykes/Invision/AP/Charles Sykes)
Winnie Harlow, Wiz Khalifa
Winnie Harlow and Wiz Khalifa attend the 2018 Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show after-party at Pier 94 on Thursday, Nov. 8, 2018, in New York. (Photo Charles Sykes/Invision/AP) (Charles Sykes/Invision/AP/Charles Sykes)
Bella Hadid
Bella Hadid attends the 2018 Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show after-party at Pier 94 on Thursday, Nov. 8, 2018, in New York. (Photo Charles Sykes/Invision/AP) (Charles Sykes/Invision/AP/Charles Sykes)
Behati Prinsloo, Adam Levine
Behati Prinsloo, and Adam Levine attend the 2018 Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show after-party at Pier 94 on Thursday, Nov. 8, 2018, in New York. (Photo Charles Sykes/Invision/AP) (Charles Sykes/Invision/AP/Charles Sykes)
Elsa Hosk
Elsa Hosk attends the 2018 Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show after-party at Pier 94 on Thursday, Nov. 8, 2018, in New York. (Photo Charles Sykes/Invision/AP) (Charles Sykes/Invision/AP/Charles Sykes)
Bella Hadid
Bella Hadid appears backstage during hair and makeup at the 2018 Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show at Pier 94 on Thursday, Nov. 8, 2018, in New York. (Photo by Charles Sykes/Invision/AP) (Charles Sykes/Invision/AP/Charles Sykes)
Behati Prinsloo
Behati Prinsloo appears backstage during hair and makeup at the 2018 Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show at Pier 94 on Thursday, Nov. 8, 2018, in New York. (Photo by Charles Sykes/Invision/AP) (Charles Sykes/Invision/AP/Charles Sykes)
Winnie Harlow
Winnie Harlow appears backstage during hair and makeup at the 2018 Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show at Pier 94 on Thursday, Nov. 8, 2018, in New York. (Photo by Charles Sykes/Invision/AP) (Charles Sykes/Invision/AP/Charles Sykes)
Shanina Shaik
Shanina Shaik appears backstage during hair and makeup at the 2018 Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show at Pier 94 on Thursday, Nov. 8, 2018, in New York. (Photo by Charles Sykes/Invision/AP) (Charles Sykes/Invision/AP/Charles Sykes)
Taylor Hill
Taylor Hill appears backstage during hair and makeup at the 2018 Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show at Pier 94 on Thursday, Nov. 8, 2018, in New York. (Photo by Charles Sykes/Invision/AP) (Charles Sykes/Invision/AP/Charles Sykes)
Josephine Skriver
Josephine Skriver appears backstage during hair and makeup at the 2018 Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show at Pier 94 on Thursday, Nov. 8, 2018, in New York. (Photo by Charles Sykes/Invision/AP) (Charles Sykes/Invision/AP/Charles Sykes)
Barbara Palvin, Yasmin Wijnaldum, Winnie Harlow, Gigi Hadid, Kendall Jenner, Alexina Graham
Barbara Palvin, from left, Yasmin Wijnaldum, Winnie Harlow, Gigi Hadid, Kendall Jenner and Alexina Graham walks the runway during the 2018 Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show at Pier 94 on Thursday, Nov. 8, 2018, in New York. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP) (Evan Agostini/Invision/AP/Evan Agostini)
Grace Bol
Grace Bol walks the runway during the 2018 Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show at Pier 94 on Thursday, Nov. 8, 2018, in New York. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP) (Evan Agostini/Invision/AP/Evan Agostini)
Kendall Jenner
Kendall Jenner walks the runway during the 2018 Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show at Pier 94 on Thursday, Nov. 8, 2018, in New York. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP) (Evan Agostini/Invision/AP/Evan Agostini)
Winnie Harlow, Shawn Mendesa
Winnie Harlow, left, walks the runway as Shawn Mendes performs during the 2018 Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show at Pier 94 on Thursday, Nov. 8, 2018, in New York. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP) (Evan Agostini/Invision/AP/Evan Agostini)
Gigi Hadid
Gigi Hadid walks the runway during the 2018 Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show at Pier 94 on Thursday, Nov. 8, 2018, in New York. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP) (Evan Agostini/Invision/AP/Evan Agostini)
Rita Ora
Rita Ora performs during the 2018 Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show at Pier 94 on Thursday, Nov. 8, 2018, in New York. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP) (Evan Agostini/Invision/AP/Evan Agostini)
Shawn Mendes
Shawn Mendes performs during the 2018 Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show at Pier 94 on Thursday, Nov. 8, 2018, in New York. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP) (Evan Agostini/Invision/AP/Evan Agostini)
Halsey
Halsey performs during the 2018 Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show at Pier 94 on Thursday, Nov. 8, 2018, in New York. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP) (Evan Agostini/Invision/AP/Evan Agostini)
Bebe Rexha
Bebe Rexha performs during the 2018 Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show at Pier 94 on Thursday, Nov. 8, 2018, in New York. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP) (Evan Agostini/Invision/AP/Evan Agostini)
Shawn Mendes
Shawn Mendes performs during the 2018 Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show at Pier 94 on Thursday, Nov. 8, 2018, in New York. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP) (Evan Agostini/Invision/AP/Evan Agostini)
Devon Windsor
Model Devon Windsor walks the runway during the 2018 Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show at Pier 94 on Thursday, Nov. 8, 2018, in New York. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP) (Evan Agostini/Invision/AP/Evan Agostini)
Josephine Skriver, Shawn Mendes
Model Josephine Skriver walks the runway as singer Shawn Mendes performs during the 2018 Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show at Pier 94 on Thursday, Nov. 8, 2018, in New York. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP) (Evan Agostini/Invision/AP/Evan Agostini)
Lais Ribeiro
Model Lais Ribeiro walks the runway during the 2018 Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show at Pier 94 on Thursday, Nov. 8, 2018, in New York. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP) (Evan Agostini/Invision/AP/Evan Agostini)
Martha Hunt
Model Martha Hunt walks the runway during the 2018 Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show at Pier 94 on Thursday, Nov. 8, 2018, in New York. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP) (Evan Agostini/Invision/AP/Evan Agostini)
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Adriana Lima
Adriana Lima
Adriana Lima, Luke Spiller
Adriana Lima
Taylor Hill, Jasmine Tookes, Elsa Hosk, Adriana Lima, Behati Prinsloo, Candice Swanepoel
Alex DeLeon, Josephine Skriver
Winnie Harlow, Wiz Khalifa
Bella Hadid
Behati Prinsloo, Adam Levine
Elsa Hosk
Bella Hadid
Behati Prinsloo
Winnie Harlow
Shanina Shaik
Taylor Hill
Josephine Skriver
Barbara Palvin, Yasmin Wijnaldum, Winnie Harlow, Gigi Hadid, Kendall Jenner, Alexina Graham
Grace Bol
Kendall Jenner
Winnie Harlow, Shawn Mendesa
Gigi Hadid
Rita Ora
Shawn Mendes
Halsey
Bebe Rexha
Shawn Mendes
Devon Windsor
Josephine Skriver, Shawn Mendes
Lais Ribeiro
Martha Hunt

NEW YORK (AP) — An emotional Adriana Lima bowed her head in thanks and crossed her hands over her heart as she made her 18th and final runway walk in the annual holiday Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show, her long white feather angel wings gently blowing as the crowd cheered.

A tribute video played Thursday during taping of the extravaganza, declaring Lima “the greatest angel of all time” while Fatboy Slim’s “Praise You” played.

The show will be broadcast Dec. 2 on ABC and in 190 countries around the world.

The Struts, Shawn Mendes, The Chainsmokers, Rita Ora, Bebe Rexha, Kelsea Ballerini and Halsey performed on the runway at a downtown Manhattan venue as 60 models walked, including sisters Bella and Gigi Hadid, Kendall Jenner and Winnie Harlow.

Ora briefly walked hand-in-hand with one of the angels during her performance and a stage hand later fetched a piece of her gold jewelry that fell to the runway. Mendes was dressed in black and slung his acoustic guitar on his back as he sang “Lost in Japan” while Gigi Hadid managed a huge parachute-shaped set of floral wings that caught the air like a massive windsock.

Jenner took to the runway in a black and silver bikini look and a set of stiff black feathers adorned with glitzy stars. For another round on the catwalk, she donned a tiny plaid kilt skirt with a mismatched plaid train and bra as she smiled. Harlow, a newcomer to the show, walked in sparkly silver with pink feather adornment.

Backstage before the show, the 37-year-old Lima, a mother of two, and other models lounged in short black robes bedazzled with gold stars. They spoke to journalists while sitting at makeup stations and lounging on couches.

“I thought over the years I would get more relaxed,” Lima, a blue-eyed Brazilian beauty, told The Associated Press as stylists worked on her long dark hair. “No, I still get nervous, just like at my first Victoria’s Secret show.”

Another angel mom, 30-year-old Namibian blonde Behati Prinsloo, smiled wide as she primped backstage. Prinsloo, who is married to Adam Levine, has been an angel since 2009 but this was her return to the show after two years off, just eight months after the birth of their second daughter.

“It’s such an honor to just be part of it yet again after having kids,” she said.

Giving birth gave her extra confidence, Prinsloo said.

“It made me work a little harder,” she said. “It made me appreciate my body so much, what it can do, create life and then, honestly, get back and do this.”

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