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How To Take The Best Instagram Photos, According To Victoria's Secret Angels


In case you haven't noticed, we're living in an age of total model domination -- the likes of which haven't been seen since the 90s when the Cindys and Kates and Naomis still stalked the Earth – and it's wonderful. Elite Daily got the chance to speak with two of the moment's top models, Sara Sampaio and Elsa Hosk, both Victoria's Secret Angels since 2015, about the changing fashion industry, their fashion role models, and, of course, how to take the perfect Instagram pic – hint: lighting is only part of it.

Elsa Hosk, 28, was a professional basketball player in Sweden before she ditched the court for the runway full-time. She told us about what makes a VS Angel a great role model.

Sara Sampaio, 26, cited "great work ethic and persistence," which she knows something about -- having tried out for the VS Fashion Show three times before booking it for the first time in 2013.  She told us,

Good advice for all of us, even if we're not about to walk in the year's biggest fashion show. But, just out of curiosity, how do you get your body ready for that show? Do sit-ups and ditch carbs until you look like Kate Moss?

Apparently not. In fact, when we asked Hosk and Sampaio about body confidence, both were quick to say that they steer clear of comparing themselves to others.

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When asked which women in the fashion industry she most looked up to, Sampaio rattled off three names, all of which were behind-the-scenes fashion ladies whom she revered for their skill and compassion, not their long legs and flat abs.

See, inner beauty. But back to outer beauty for just a second – what trends can we look out for this fall?

So, see-through velvet tops and T-Shirt bras for fall -- got it.


Sampaio and Hosk are part of a model moment that counts young superstars like Gigi Hadid and Kendall Jenner among its biggest celebrity voices. These model celebs are finally reclaiming their territory -- on the covers of magazines and as the faces of major campaigns -- back from Hollywood stars. We were curious to hear what Hosk and Sampaio, who have lived through this change, had to say about it.

Sampaio told us,

Hosk, who has been involved with the Washington D.C.-based charity, FAIR Girls, for several years understands what it means to be a celebrity and have a platform.

Almost all of her fellow Angels are similarly involved in charity work. Remind me again of the reason why the women we turn to for advice on taking selfies and buying lingerie shouldn't be the same women who speak out for important charities? In a world where the Kardashians have spoken more constructively about the Armenian Genocide than two presidents in a row, I don't think there is one.

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But speaking of advice on taking selfies, we couldn't leave without asking these ladies for the key to taking a great Instagram shot.

OK so authenticity + lighting = the perfect Instagram pic.

If you're like me, the dirty dishes in the background of your selfies are already giving off that air of effortless authenticity, but you might have to invest in a ring light or move to California for that last part.

After that, all you'll need are about five million Instagram followers, a 24/7 work ethic, and a major injection of gym-motivation juice before the Angel wings just magically appear.

Or at least that's how Hosk and Sampaio make it look, but then again, they're Angels. It's their job to make it all look easy.

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