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Victoria's Secret Fashion Show: The Best From Backstage

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Courtesy Karlie Kloss

Being a Victoria’s Secret Angel isn’t all gorgeous hair and perfect teeth — it’s a lot of hard work. Just check out Karlie Kloss’s Instagram, above, in which she and some very busy Angels lined up backstage to get their social media on.

We got a tour of the hectic, glam and oh-so-glittery backstage, where hair and makeup teams were hard at work getting the girls ready — and we grabbed a few moments with the Angels to talk about the big night. Below, check out a few of our favorite behind-the-scenes snaps and quotes, then come back tomorrow to read all about how they prepped for the show.

Our own Ana Calderone snapped Erin Heatherton (above) getting her hair blown out as only an Angel can. When Heatherton gave PEOPLE a scientific rundown on the merits of drinking a hot water/cayenne/lemon/ginger concoction in the morning, we asked how she knew so much. Turns out she wasn’t always planning to parade around in heels and panties.

“I wanted to be a doctor so I like talking about it and learning,” she says. “It’s beneficial for work but I more like learning about the body. You know, a lot of women retain a lot of water because they’re eating artificial sweeteners. All that stuff is really important to know if you’re interested in looking your best.”

Who is she most excited to see in the show? “I love to see my girlfriends walking. I always try to catch them on the screen like Doutzen, Lily, Candice, Adriana … everybody!”

a sneak peek of my first look backstage at @VictoriasSecret! #VSFashionShow #ShowTime

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Last year, Karlie Kloss (above) surprised anyone with a major cut. This year, she didn’t have any similar shocks up her sleeve, but she still had a blast serving as the unofficial backstage photographer. She showed off this first look at one of her outfits on her own Insta, plus shared pics of models chowing down and goofing off.

What workout did the always-upbeat Kloss hate the most? “There’s a butt exercise that’s a bazillion leg lifts and up and to the side and circles and this and then the other way. My God, I literally think my butt is as tight and toned as it’ll ever be,” she says. And her favorite Angel to watch? “Oh, I love Adriana or Gisele. I mean Gisele, she’s the queen. And Adriana I mean, my God. Maybe it’s the Brazilian women.”

Candice Swanepoel (above) is finally ready for the Fantasy Bra to make its runway debut after months of anticipation. And though she’s nervous to wear $10 million of jewels down the catwalk, it’s actually an improvement on the wings. “This year I don’t have wings, I have the fantasy bra, so it takes a little bit of pressure off,” she says. “I get really nervous if I know that I’m wearing heavy wings because it’s like a balancing act.”

Probably the biggest surprise? She actually eats more than usual right before the show to keep her energy up.

Reunited with my Angels @caradelevingne and @karliekloss 😇 #VictoriasSecret

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Jourdan Dunn (above, center), meanwhile, never diets at all. “I’m really bad, I’m like the worst for this,” she says. “Fitness wise not so much. I didn’t really do anything.” What she did do, though, was cue up some pump-up jams on her iPod — but we don’t think we’ll be hearing her walk down the runway to them. “I’m listening to Drake, his album, and Pusha T’s album.” she shares. “Its not really VS friendly really but that’s what I’m listening to.”

Who are you most psyched to see when the show airs?

–Alex Apatoff, reporting by Ana Calderone