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How Victoria’s Secret models unwind after Shanghai Fashion Show

Angels Josephine Skriver, Sara Sampaio, Lais Ribeiro, Jasmine Tookes found quiet in Thailand.

How do you recover from strutting your stuff in the most stressful fashion show on the planet? For four Victoria’s Secret models, retreat after the psychedelic lights, sky-high heels, fanciful wings and mass adulation of the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show in Shanghai is a private resort in Thailand.

Together with friends and boyfriends, Angels Josephine Skriver – who’s dating Alexander DeLeon, lead vocalist for US rock band The Cab – Sara Sampaio, Lais Ribeiro and Jasmine Tookes checked in to Ani Villas on Koh Yao Noi for a week of rest and relaxation. As the 10-bedroom luxury resort an hour away from Phuket only accommodates group stays, guests are ensured total privacy. Models Sampaio and Skriver tell us of their experiences.

  • Victoria's Secret models (from left): Josephine Skriver, Sara Sampaio, Lais Ribeiro and Jasmine Tookes.
It seems like all of the Angels have a really close-knit and genuine friendship. Can you tell us a bit about that camaraderie?

Sampaio: “I can’t say how lucky we are to all be friends. We get to see the world together, work together, and share so many incredible experiences together. Through the ups and downs, it means so much to have these girls by my side.”


What were some of your favourite moments of the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show in Shanghai?

Skriver: “I loved that there was a moshpit and that some of the general public was able to come to the show. It brought so much energy and made it feel like a rock and roll concert! Also, the shows’ Victoria’s Secret collaboration with Balmain made it over the top awesome. The outfits were spectacular.”


What about some of your favourite moments at Ani Villas in Thailand?

Sampaio: “The water slide was amazing! There was one time where it rained and we all just ran to the water slide and went down together. Rain or shine we were on the slide having the time of our lives. How cool is it that the villa not only oceanfront.. But also has a water slide!? They also made us dinner on the beach which was beautiful and delicious.”

Water slide at Ani Villas, Thailand


Why did you pick Thailand and Ani Villas as your escape?

Sampaio: “After all of the hard work it’s really important to find a place where you can relax, have a great time, and also have privacy. Having all three together is really hard to find so that’s one thing that makes this villa very special! We always felt safe and right at home.”


Have the four of you ever travelled together before? Why did you decide to travel together this time round?

Skriver: “We are all extremely close so when our schedules line up we love to travel together! This vacation was one of the most needed ever because we had just finished the show and had been working hard for months and needed some downtime to relax and reflect on everything and celebrate. Ani Villas in Thailand was the perfect place to do it!”


What have been the highlights and lowlights of this vacation?
Skriver: “The highlight for me was the staff. Chaya and the rest of the staff made us feel so at home so far away from home and really took the experience to the next level. They truly went above and beyond to make this one of the best trips of our lives. From the food, to the service, to all of the jokes, smiles, and laughs… that really was the highlight for me. There were absolutely no lowlights.”