In a piece about how lingerie angels get their wings, the New York Times goes behind the scene at a casting call. While the brand promises to make every woman feel sexy, its typical model fits a narrow mold. She's often born in Brazil or some Eastern European country and always has a flat stomach, satisfactory cleavage, and a well-toned butt that all look flawless even in the unflattering casting light. Hundreds of women try out at open auditions, but only 30 models make the cut.
While genetics help, it's often not enough. Model Angela Lindvall, who lost her baby weight eating only spinach, chard, and kale, likened the job to that of a boxer: "You have to make weight."