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Everything You Need to Know About the 2018 Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show

Cosmopolitan logo Cosmopolitan 9/18/2018 Lauren Adhav
Bella Hadid posing for a picture: 2017 Victoria's Secret Fashion Show In Shanghai - Show © Frazer Harrison - Getty Images 2017 Victoria's Secret Fashion Show In Shanghai - Show

Welp, it's that time of year again, folks, and I'm not talking about the changing of seasons - I'm talking about the Victoria's Secret fashion show. Preparations are already underway, castings are complete, and the show is coming back to the United States!

Below, everything you need to know about one of the biggest events in November-second only to Thanksgiving, of course.

a group of people posing for the camera: Everything you need to know about the Victoria's Secret Fashion Show this year, including who's walking, where it will take place, and more. © Taylor Hill - Getty Images Everything you need to know about the Victoria's Secret Fashion Show this year, including who's walking, where it will take place, and more.

1. It'll take place in New York City.

The brand announced on its Instagram that the show will take place in the Big Apple, following a two-year hiatus abroad.

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A post shared by Victoria's Secret (@victoriassecret) on Sep 17, 2018 at 10:01am PDT

As you probably know, last year's show was held in Shanghai, China, and some women were reportedly denied visas to travel there, including Gigi Hadid, Katy Perry - who was originally confirmed as one of the event's performers - Russian models Julia Belyakova, Kate Grigorieva and Irina Sharipova, and Ukranian model Dasha Khlystun.

The afterparty was also allegedly shut down by authorities before midnight. The year before that, the show was held in Paris.

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A post shared by Lais Ribeiro (@laisribeiro) on Sep 17, 2018 at 11:10am PDT

2. Your fave models are returning.

Veterans returning to the VSFS include Lais Ribeiro, Martha Hunt, Stella Maxwell, Leomie Anderson, Cindy Bruna, Georgia Fowler, Ming Xi, Grace Elizabeth, Devon Windsor, and more.

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A post shared by Stella! (@stellamaxwell) on Sep 18, 2018 at 6:38am PDT

3. But there will also be some new faces.

In an emotional Instagram post, Winnie Harlow announced that she's making her debut.

"I had a break down before I walked into the most nerve wrecking [SIC] casting of my life," she wrote in her caption. But she explained that once she got to the offices and "made new friends and saw old friends" it "already felt like home."

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A post shared by ♔Winnie Harlow♔ (@winnieharlow) on Sep 8, 2018 at 9:14am PDT

Kelsey Merritt will also be the first Filipino model to walk in the show.

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A post shared by Kelsey Merritt (@kelseymerritt) on Sep 7, 2018 at 8:37am PDT

Other newcomers include Duckie Thot, Sadie Newman, Lorena Rae, Mélie Tiaco, Willow Hand, Yasmin Wijnaldum, and more.

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A post shared by Yasmin Wijnaldum (@yasminwijnaldum) on Sep 7, 2018 at 1:15pm PDT

4. Alessandra Ambrosio will not walk the runway.

After 17 years of modeling in the show, she confirmed her retirement in an Instagram post last year.

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A post shared by Alessandra Ambrosio (@alessandraambrosio) on Nov 21, 2017 at 3:20am PST

5. Bella Hadid, Gigi Hadid, and Kendall Jenner's castings are still unconfirmed.

While Bella walked in the show last year, it's unclear whether she'll make an appearance this time around because she hasn't posted anything and the brand hasn't made an announcement. The same goes for her sister Gigi.

Kendall Jenner made her debut for VS in 2016, but due to her contractual obligations with competing lingerie brand La Perla (she starred in its 2017 Pre-Fall campaign), she didn't walk in Shanghai, and it remains unknown if she'll return this year.

6. The venue and performers have yet to be announced.

If previous years are any indication, though, you know it's going to be a very over the top affair in the best possible way.

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