Bella Hadid joined dozens of her fellow Victoria’s Secret lingerie models at the 2017 Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show viewing party in New York City Tuesday night, but found her own unique way to stand out from the crowd.
The 21-year-old supermodel walked the red carpet at Spring Studios wearing a fitted, low-cut red lace-printed leather gown with plunging sweetheart neckline and thigh-high slit.
She accessorized the dress with black stilettos and a delicate diamond necklace, and offset the impactful look with more low-key hair and makeup.
Elsewhere on the carpet, models including Adriana Lima, Sara Sampaio, Elsa Hosk, and Jasmine Tookes posed for photographers before heading in to watch the show, which was was filmed on Nov. 20 in China but aired Tuesday on CBS.
While Bella’s sister Gigi Hadid missed both the 2017 Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show and the viewing party Tuesday night, she was there in spirit, sharing a black and white photo of Bella on her Instagram story Tuesday night.
“Excited to watch my gorg lil sis (so proud @bellahadid) and all my angelic friends tonight #vsfs,” Gigi — who dropped out of this year’s lingerie spectacular in Shanghai, China, last minute, after reports that she was denied a visa into the country — wrote, sharing her love for Bella. “HUGE LOVE to all the girls and the whole VS team !! A year of prep and hard work deserves major celebration!!!!!!! (Even though u never stop and you’ll already be planning ’18 tomorrow morning if not already @ed_razek).”
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And though this was Bella’s sophomore strut in the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show , it was no less special than the first in part because she’s feeling “so much stronger in so many ways.”
“What a dream come true…This year felt like my first year all over again,” she captioned a duo of photos of her sporting one of the show’s looks ( black lingerie with blue feather wings and matching gloves) on Instagram Nov. 21, the day after filming. “Emotionally, physically, mentally, in my health I feel so much stronger in so many ways and I am so grateful to all who have supported me, believed in me and stood by me.”
She added, “Yesterday was so unreal on so many levels. It took so much for all of this to come together and truly as a team we pulled it together as a WHOLE. I am grateful. I am happy. I am humbled. And I just can’t stop smiling thinking about it!!!”
At the show, Bella beamed like an experienced pro on the lingerie-filled runway . She even got her Angel wings and perfected smiling on command, something she said she struggled with when she made her debut at the brand’s big show last year.
“I am not a very good smiler on cue,” the face of Dior Beauty told PEOPLE before her first appearance. “I have to practice that a lot.”
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Bella is also battling Lyme disease, which her mother Yolanda Hadid and brother Anwar also have.“It was really emotional for me,” she told The Telegraph earlier this year. “I thought I was going to ride horses for the rest of my life. But everything happens for a reason, that’s my motto now, and I’m so happy to be where I am.”
She added, “Hopefully in a couple of years I can start riding again and buy a big barn upstate and me and my mom can go riding whenever we want.”