Models Karlie Kloss, left, Doutzen Kroes, Adriana Lima, Candice Swanepoel, Behati Prinsloo, Lindsay Ellingson and Alessandra Ambrosio walk the runway at the 2013 Victoria's Secret Fashion Show.
Photograph by Kevin Kane — FilmMagic/Getty Images
By Benjamin Snyder
December 2, 2014

The 2014 Victoria’s Secret fashion show in London kicks off later today and the Angels are ready to go. The brand, known for its lingerie for women, has been a retail powerhouse for years since being founded by Roy Raymond, an American businessman, in 1977. It’s the largest retailer for lingerie in the U.S., with over 1,000 locations (as of Aug. 2, 2014). Its current CEO, meanwhile, is Sharen Jester Turney who took over in 2006.

But there are many surprising facets of the company that may not be so well-known as its recognizable products. Ahead of today’s event, here are seven facts about the business – both good and bad – that may come as a surprise about the retail giant.


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