Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show 2012: From Justin Bieber and Rihanna to Goddesses and Glamour (PHOTOS)

Cory Lopez / November 8, 2012

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Glitter, glamour and model goddesses descended upon New York City for Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show on Wednesday night.

As 40 of the world’s top models strutted the catwalk at the Lexington Avenue Armory, Rihanna, Justin Bieber and Bruno Mars performed during the hour-long skin-baring spectacle.

Taking a cue from the scantily-clad Angels — like Adriana Lima, Miranda Kerr and Doutzen Kroes — RiRi rocked lingerie-inspired looks. As she belted out her chart-climbing single “Diamonds,” the songbird shimmied in a floor-length black gown, with a high slit revealing a garter belt. Rihanna later returned in a short, pale-pink, see-through lace number, flaunting her endless pins alongside the models.

Dressed in head-to-toe white, Bieber broke it down with “As Long as You Love Me,” but slowed it down for an acoustic rendition of “Beauty and a Beat.” And a suited-up Mars sang two tracks off his upcoming Unorthodox Juxebox album, “Locked Out of Heaven” and “Young Girls.”

The show — which Victoria’s Secret has been running annually since 1995 — was split into six themed segments this year: Circus — complete with acrobats and Lima as a ringmaster; Dangerous Liaisons; Pink Is Us; Silver Screen Angels; Angels in Bloom; and Calendar Girls.

And Alessandra Ambrosiohad her moment in the spotlight as she paraded down the catwalk in the $2.5 million jeweled Floral Fantasy Bra, encrusted with amethysts, rubies, sapphires and a large center diamond.

The 2012 Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show doesn’t air until Dec. 4 on CBS. But get a glimpse of the show-stopping performances, statuesque Angels and glitzy lingerie styles in the gallery above.

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