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Alessandra Ambrosio On What It's Like to Wear a $2.5 Million Bra

Yesterday afternoon, we joined Victoria's Secret Angel Alessandra Ambrosio at New York's Hôtel Plaza Athénée for a spot of tea, scones and one seriously sparkling piece of lingerie. Just a few days ago, the brand announced that Alessandra ("Ale" for short) would wear this year's multi-million dollar bra during Victoria's Secret's annual fashion show, an honor that previously went to such major supes as Heidi Klum, Tyra Banks and Gisele Bundchen. The 2012 Floral Fantasy Bra, valued at $2.5 million and designed by London Jewelers, is set with over 5,200 sapphires, amethysts, rubies and diamonds of various colors. But the bra's real pièce de résistance? The brooch-style centerpiece, which features a removable 20-carat diamond.

After ogling the completely out-of-our-budget brassiere up close (plus the matching jeweled belt and oversized Bombshell fragrance bottle, the latter valued at $500,000), we chatted with Alessandra herself.

Lucky: When exactly did you learn you'd be wearing this year's multimillion-dollar bra?

Alessandra Ambrosio: They told me about four months ago—I was with my three-week-old baby when they called me, so I really wanted to scream when I found out—but I couldn't!

Have you tried it on yet? How heavy is it?

It's actually not that heavy. The wings I wore last year in the show were really really heavy, and this is nothing compared to that. But it feels amazing on. I feel like $2.5 million in it!

What's been your favorite Victoria's Secret runway outfit so far? You've been walking the show for over a decade now!

I had a gold corset once that was pretty amazing. Another time I had an outfit made out of candy—the wings, bra and panties were all made out of real candy. It was kind of melting by the end of the show, though…

What's your own precious gem of choice?

Diamonds, for sure. Radiant-cut.

Finally, how are you prepping for this year's VS runway show?

I'm trying to eat healthy—lots of salads. I love kale salads. I'm trying to do a lot of organic foods, lean meats and proteins. And I'm hitting the gym when I have the chance—doing pilates, spinning classes. But I also love just going to the beach and rollerblading, or playing volleyball with friends!

The 2012 Victoria's Secret runway show will air on December 4 on CBS.

Photo: Getty Images

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