When Victoria’s Secret calls and asks if you’d like to spend the day with an Angel, there’s only one thing to do: drop everything and pack your bags! So on Wednesday I did just that and jetted off to Houston, Texas where I met the beautiful Sara Sampaio on the latest stop of the Body by Victoria tour.
The trip marked the first solo appearance for the Portugal native, who landed her coveted wings back in April. “I couldn’t believe it,” Sampaio tell us about hearing the news for the first time. “Only when it went public did things get very surreal.” Becoming an Angel was a dream come true for the 24-year-old, who has grown up idolizing former Angels Gisele Bundchen, Heidi Klum, and Tyra Banks. “All of them are incredible women and have branched out of Victoria’s Secret to do amazing things,” she says. “I hope one day that is me.”
As Sampaio is quickly learning, the life of a VS Angel is never dull. Case in point: her whirlwind 24-hour trip to The Lone Star State, complete with radio and local news appearances, three mall signings, and a stop at a local Tex-Mex favourite. We followed along to get a firsthand look at a VS Angel’s typical work day, and between appearances and outfit changes caught up with Sampaio to talk about everything from the new Body by Victoria collection to her guilty pleasures. Keep reading for exclusive photo diary.
6:00am: Hair and makeup arrive
Early morning call times are de rigueur for VS Angels. Luckily, Sampaio had her go-to hair and makeup team—Dominick Pucciarello and Dominique Samuel, respectively—on hand to create her bombshell beauty look for the day.
7:00am: Morning selfie
After a quick breakfast of waffles and orange juice, Sampaio kicks off her Victoria’s Secret social takeover.
7:45am: And we’re off!
In the first look of the day—Ted Baker’s matching Salsah Ottoman Knit Crop Top ($125) and crop top and Sashaey Ottoman Knit Midi Skirt ($175)—Sampaio heads to the Rod Ryan Morning Radio Show. As Ryan put it, Sampaio was “rolling deep” with a crew of nine people.
8:15am: On the radio
We arrived at the Rod Ryan Morning Show and we’re quickly ushered into the green room. No stranger to radio, Sampaio was a pro on the air. “It was fun,” she tells us of the experience. “I was a bit nervous. I feel like the first interview of the day is always the hardest, but radio is usually easier than doing TV.”
9:15am: Talking Body by Victoria on Fox 26
Next stop, Fox 26 studios, where Sampaio chatted with Melissa Wilson and Rita Garcia about the new Body by Victoria collection.
10:45am: Photo Op
We arrive at the Houston Galleria, and Sampaio slips into look number two, a lace Alex Perry dress. Time to meet the press! The beauty dishes on the new Body by Victoria collection, revealing her favourite style, the Lace Lounge Bralette ($29). “It’s so comfortable to lounge in when you’re at home,” she says. And I love the lace, because it gives it that sexy touch.”
12:00pm: Lunch Break
Comfort food is key for Sampaio during long press days. Her lunch of choice? Pizza! “If I do not eat things I like, I’ll get very grumpy,” she says. “I go for stuff like popcorn and pizza, and tons of coffee. Cheat days are very important for your sanity.”
So what’s her secret to staying fit and healthy? “If I’m on the road, I try not skip meals,” Sampaio tells us. “I try to workout at least two to three times a week, but if I need to get in shape fast, I run.”
1:00pm: Perfecting her signature
With hundreds of fans waiting, Sampaio makes sure her autograph is on point for the Houston Galleria signing.
4:00pm: Say cheese!
Ready for the second signing at Willowbrook Mall, Sampaio snaps a photo of her fans.
6:30pm: Outfit change #3
Sampaio went out with a sartorial bang in this Olcay Gulsen Exposed Top Jumpsuit ($595) for the Woodlands Mall signing.
7:00pm: Woodlands Mall
A signed photo for a huge fan!
8:00pm: That’s a wrap!
10 hours later, the day is done! But not before we head to Pappasito’s Cantina for some margaritas and Tex-Mex.
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