Danish model Josephine Skriver has walked in the annual Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show since 2013. But this year is more exciting than ever for her — it’s her first year as an official Victoria’s Secret Angel, as she garnered Angel status in February of this year.
“Honestly, it’s been an amazing thing,” the model, 23, tells PEOPLE during a dinner celebrating her collaboration with Illesteva sunglasses at Cipriani Downtown. (Proceeds from sales of the $240 frames she designed will be donated to Keep a Child Alive, an organization dedicated to fighting AIDS.)
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“I’ve never met a group of girls who embraced me so quickly,” she says. “Even though I’m the newest one, they’ve been embracing me. I feel like I have a new family. I have 14 sisters on speed dial now who can help you with everything. I’ve never had sisters before, and now I have 14 of them.”
This year, in addition to being named an Angel, she also wore one of the most impressive looks of the entire show, which featured 450,000 Swarovski crystals adorning 3,000 strands of Swarovski crystal-covered fringe.
“It’s really amazing dripping in crystals and shining in sparkle,” she says in a behind-the-scenes video about the look for Swarovski. “It’s kind of like somebody dumped me in a bath of crystals and I rose up out of it.” Each sleeve actually weighed between eight and 10 pounds. “It’s a little heavy!” she says.
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As for how she prepped to wear such a weighty look — and roll down the runway in her lingerie — she made hitting the gym a priority. “I’ve always been an athlete, but I’m amping up my workout routine a little for the show,” she tells PEOPLE.
“I want to enhance every curve possible so I look banging hot when I go out there,” she continues. “So, I hit the gym a little harder. The couch will never win a fight over me.”
The Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show will air on Dec. 5th on CBS.