Think of Victoria’s Secret and the first thing that’s likely to spring to mind, save for their models themselves, is their annual fashion show. That’s what we, the public, see. But I think I’ve finally determined what Victoria’s secret actually is: each Valentine’s Day is actually an ever bigger milestone than any catwalk that can ever be held. After all, as The Troggs mused, love is all around. And a day that celebrates love means that plenty of gifts abound.

As a lingerie company, inarguably one of the lingerie companies, Victoria’s Secret naturally has a product or two to catch a person’s eye at this time of year. There’s the lingerie that he wants you to wear, and the lingerie that she probably wants to wear. And then there’s are all the other complimentary products. So, as the company launches their new Gorgeous Push-Up Bra and the Simply Gorgeous and Bombshell in Love scents, we sat down with supermodel Doutzen Kroes to discuss the matters at hand: love, life and looking ridiculously good.

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Victoria's Secret Angels: Valentine's Day '12
Victoria's Secret Angels: Valentine's Day '12
Victoria's Secret Angels: Valentine's Day '12
Victoria's Secret Angels: Valentine's Day '12
Victoria's Secret Angels: Valentine's Day '12
Victoria's Secret Angels: Valentine's Day '12
Victoria's Secret Angels: Valentine's Day '12
Victoria's Secret Angels: Valentine's Day '12
Victoria's Secret Angels: Valentine's Day '12
Victoria's Secret Angels: Valentine's Day '12
Victoria's Secret Angels: Valentine's Day '12
Victoria's Secret Angels: Valentine's Day '12
Victoria's Secret Angels: Valentine's Day '12
Victoria's Secret Angels: Valentine's Day '12
Victoria's Secret Angels: Valentine's Day '12
Victoria's Secret Angels: Valentine's Day '12
Victoria's Secret Angels: Valentine's Day '12
Victoria's Secret Angels: Valentine's Day '12
Victoria's Secret Angels: Valentine's Day '12
Victoria's Secret Angels: Valentine's Day '12
Victoria's Secret Angels: Valentine's Day '12
Victoria's Secret Angels: Valentine's Day '12
Victoria's Secret Angels: Valentine's Day '12
Victoria's Secret Angels: Valentine's Day '12
Victoria's Secret Angels: Valentine's Day '12
Victoria's Secret Angels: Valentine's Day '12
Victoria's Secret Angels: Valentine's Day '12
Victoria's Secret Angels: Valentine's Day '12
Victoria's Secret Angels: Valentine's Day '12
Victoria's Secret Angels: Valentine's Day '12

Miss Kroes, what does love mean to you?

Love is a very big commitment which you feel immediately, and it’s a very strong connection that you have. You can’t explain it, and yet you can have it with anybody – the love that I have for my husband is very different to the love that I have for my son.

Has your understanding of love changed since having your son?

Yes, it’s so amazing that you can fall in love with a person that you’ve just met for the first time – it’s just there, already. It’s really amazing.

Would you ever want your son to follow in your modelling footsteps?

No, I don’t want him to do that. I mean, if he wants to he can – he can do whatever he wants. But it’s not something that I would push for.

How come?

I think that it’s a tough industry, one better suited to the female models than the men.

How does Doutzen Kroes stay Doutzen Kroes the supermodel?

It’s hard work. I have to say the obvious things: it’s hard work, it’s going to the gym, it’s eating healthy. But it’s also a little bit in the genes. After my mum had me and my sisters, she got back in shape so I’m a little bit lucky that way too. [As for the actual exercises:] boxing, jump rope, running and, at home, yoga-style exercises.

How are you going to spend Valentine’s Day with your husband?

I want to spend it together. For me, that’s the most important aspect. I don’t know what he has planned – and I want him to plan something, so that we can spend it together.

And with Valentine’s Day on the horizon, what 3 tips would you have for women for looking good on the day?

One, wear sexy lingerie.

Two, smell good.

Three, don’t put on too much make-up and never look too drawn. I think you should keep it fresh and clean and I think that’s very sexy. I think that guys like that, no?

Yes, totally agree.

Phew.

You can see all the pictures from Victoria’s Secret’s Valentine’s Day event in New York City, including those of Doutzen Kroes, by clicking on the thumbnails above and browsing through the gallery.

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