The Victoria's Secret Angel Wearing This Year's $10 Million Fantasy Bra Is ... (Drumroll)

10/16/2013 at 07:40 AM ET

Victoria's Secret Fantasy Bra 2013Courtesy Victoria’s Secret

What would be more nerve-wracking: Showcasing your cleavage in $10 million of jewels on national TV, or following in the footsteps of major supermodels like Gisele Bündchen, Heidi Klum and Alessandra Ambrósio, who have all done it before you? Luckily, we’ll never have to find out — but Victoria’s Secret Angel Candice Swanepoel will when she hits the catwalk for this year’s Victoria’s Secret fashion show.

Though the model is just the latest to have the honor of wearing the line’s annual “Fantasy Bra” creation, she will be wearing one of the most expensive ever made — thanks in part to the enormous ruby dangling from the center panel.

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“They had to mold my body to be able to make [the bra], and I was really excited,” Swanepoel tells PEOPLE. “I tried to imagine after they’d done the mold, how would they make it, how it would look. My imagination didn’t do it justice. My favorite part is this beautiful 52-carat pear-shaped ruby. Every part of it is exquisite.”

Jeweler Mouawad hand-set more than 4,200 precious stones (including rubies, diamonds and yellow sapphires) in 18-karat gold to create the fantasy bra and matching belt. “I’ve never worn anything this pricey, and we have to put gloves on when we put it on,” Swanepoel shares. “It’s kind of a big ordeal. The bra comes with two bodyguards and we have to handle it with a lot of care!”

The South African supermodel says that while it wasn’t hard for her to keep her big announcement under wraps (“I want it to be a big surprise!” she says), it will be hard to keep her cool when walking in the show. “Definitely being the Fantasy Bra model is more nerve-wracking [than shooting swim] because it’s a one-time thing,” she says. “Walking around wearing $10 million does seem to make me a little bit nervous.”

What do you think of this year’s bra? Will you be tuning in Dec. 10 to see it in action?

–Alex Apatoff

Check out our behind-the-scenes Instagram from the shoot! She really is that gorgeous in person:

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isabelle on

?? Why the 5 mean faces??? It’s called a “Fantasy bra”. Get over it! Arrgh, too early for meanies!!! :)

Lizzy on

Finally! I love her.

Just Me on

The 7 meanies need to take a happy pill, as stated previously it’s called a Fantasy Bra. Lighten up and smile, you’ll be a much happier person and the world will be a better place because of it.

Brandee on

GORGEOUS!!!! Simply elegant and stunning. The bra and the model. I know what I’m asking Santa for this year :)

blair on

Just absolutely beautiful!

Jenny! on

She is my fav Victoria model :D She also looks BEAUTIFUL as usual.

Charlie on

I want to wear that bra lol

Tamara Tincher on

We have people starving world-wide and they spend $10 million on a bra? Stupid!

bjsquelph on

Lovely but pretty pricey….

Ally on

It absolutely gorgeous and she’s the perfect model to wear it! I always wonder how much these things weigh…

Mike on

The meanie faces are outraged that 10 million would be spent on something so superfluous in an era when millions are starving, beaten, raped, trafficked and otherwise harmed. That’s 10 million that could be spent to help prevent those tragedies. As it is, this is a 10 million dollar tragedy.

Hippychk13 on

I’m so glad that even supermodels have that little chunk of fat beneath their armpit. It makes me feel so much better about myself!

Kairy on

Not that she isn’t beautiful in both, but it’s such a dufferece between the unedited pic and the edited one!

Guest on

Since this was custom molded to her body, I’m thinking they’ll take it apart after the show. At least, I hope so. I wonder what the statistics are for how well these things sell each year… If I had this much of the cold hard stuff, I wouldn’t waste it on that, lovely as it is.

whateveryousay on

I’ll take 6 – thankyouverymuch!

Chihuahua Mom on

I wish my boobies looked that good. She is gorgeous and the bra is stunning!

Tracy on

Hey Mike- Find something else to do besides being a negative Nelly! Go feed the homeless or better yet, give them your computer so we don’t have to listen to you. If you can afford a computer you are rich!!!!! You don’t it, go save the world

Sara on

Hey Mike…you need to lighten up. If you’re so concerned about the less fortunate then why don’t you go out there and help them instead of reading a VS article. On a side note, love the bra!

Hot4Faith on

It would be worth more if it was worn by a woman who actually has breasts and not some flat chested beanpole.

Julesy on

That is a really beautiful bra.


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