A veteran Victoria's Secret Angel expressed her support for the catwalk newcomer
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Adriana Lima is no rookie when it comes to the Victoria’s Secret catwalk. While the model is still just 35, this season already marks her sixteenth time parading up and down the runway in her sparkly underpinnings and those ornate 60-pound wings, to say nothing of the innumerable times she’s posed for the brands catalogues and photoshoots. But despite her old-guard status, in a recent interview Lima proved that, unlike some of her colleagues,she’s more than happy to embrace all fashion newcomers, specifically expressing her enthusiasm over working with Kendall Jenner (who you can see on our exclusive Facebook Live – we were backstage with the model and Sarah Potempa this morning!)

Speaking exclusively to E! News in the lead up to the lingerie brand’s big Parisian debut, Lima said, “I have worked with Kendall on runways before when we were in Europe, like Versace and also with Victoria’s Secret … Kendall is very sweet and very nice, and it’s always pleasant to work with someone like that.”

“You know, she works as hard as we do, so I give her credit for all the effort,” the model added. “And I think she is going to do great because Victoria’s Secret is all about personality, and she has her own personality.”

But just because Lima’s been doing this for nearly two decades doesn’t mean she is totally immune to those pre-show jitters. She tells the website, “[I am] one of the originals, [and yet] I get more and more nervous every year. I am just so happy and excited to be a part of this and be here in Paris…I haven’t slept for a week because of all the nerves.” Good to know we’re not the only ones who can’t sleep in anticipation of the underwear-centric event of the century.

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