The secret's out


POSTED: Thursday, October 01, 2009

Among the petitions posted on PetitionOnline.com, a Web site of grass-roots petitions for public advocacy, are those seeking new laws against anti-Semitism, an appeal to the U.N. Security Council to protect the people of Burma, insurance coverage for infertility in the United States, and one titled “;A Petition to Open a Victoria's Secret in Hawaii.”;

The petition, signed by 63 people, reads in part: “;Hawaii is the only state in the United States of America without a Victoria's Secret. We find this infringement upon the basic needs of a female as preposterous. We the women of Hawaii demand the sexiest bras and hottest panties in America, toute suite!”;

Thinking that money talks, signers tried to be as convincing as they could, adding comments like, “;We are tired of paying shipping and would spend a lot $$”; and “;I would spend ALOT (sic) of money at VS if you opened one here. ... You are missing out on $$$$$.”;

Speaking for the male demographic, a certain Rusty wrote, “;No sexy panties? What's wrong w/ this state?”;





        » Grand opening: 4 to 6 p.m. today

» Featuring: Guest appearance and autograph signing by “;VS Angel”; Marisa Miller


» Place: Ala Moana Center


» Admission: Free


» Call: 951-8901




Well, their petition and prayers to the VS Angels will be answered—and then some—when Victoria's Secret finally opens its first Hawaii store today.

The company will more than make up for lost time with the store—formerly home to TheGap at Ala Moana Center—set to house the brand's coveted bras, panties and sleepwear in addition to swim collections carried year-round.

And it's not all about the sexy. There's also the Pink line of youthful, playful, street-ready hoodies, T-shirts, sweats and denim.

Additional amenities include a bra salon and personal shoppers who can help women with fit as well as offer advice and suggestions for men shopping for loved ones; a concierge desk to provide gift-wrapping and shipping services; and Beauty Bar featuring the VS makeup collections.

For tactile types who need to try before they buy, the store also has an advantage over online buying, allowing women to test the fit of the new Body by Victoria collection of bras employing Memory Fit that conforms to individual curves. The bras come in wireless to cushion underwire styles in sizes up to 40-DD, priced from $36 to $42.

For those who long to become the next Victoria's Secret Angel, today is also the first day to enter Victoria's Secret Fashion Show Model Search. Casting events will take place Saturday in New York City, Miami, Los Angeles and Chicago, but local hopefuls can enter online at VSAllAccess.com and CBS.com through Oct. 24.

Full rules are available at the Web site, but the basics are that the contest is open to females who meet all the following criteria:

» Must be age 18 to 30 on the date of your entry into the search.
» Must be a legal resident of one of the 50 United States or the District of Columbia.
» Must be 5-foot-8 or taller in bare feet.
» Must be available to stay in New York City from Oct. 29 through Dec. 3.
» Must have a basic command of the English language, written and spoken.
» Must be in excellent health.

A Victoria's Secret panel of judges will narrow the field to 10 finalists, who will be flown to New York for an Angel Boot Camp, a series of challenges that will give the contestants the chance to prove to the world that they have what it takes to be the next Runway Angel. Contestants will need to show their photogenic qualities, prove their abilities as a spokesmodel, show off their red-carpet star quality and radiate charisma while walking a runway in lingerie. The public will be able to choose the winner in an online video and voting process.

Beginning Oct. 14, the two Web sites will be airing weekly webisodes featuring footage from the live castings and Angel Boot Camp. The winner will have a chance to walk in the Victoria's Secret Fashion Show in December.