Leave it to Heidi Klum to steal the show.
Just five weeks after giving birth to her fourth child, the supermodel surprised the audience, walking the runway at the Victoria's Secret lingerie fashion show Thursday night at the 69th Regiment Armory.
Granted, she traded the signature bra-and-panties look for an over-the-top dress, but who's being picky?
Backstage before the show, Klum said she opted for hosting instead of modeling because she "wasn't quite ready yet. This kind of takes a lot of planning. When you have a baby, you can't really know if in five weeks' time you're like everyone else over here," she said, motioning to the other models.
As for her newest addition, daughter Lou, "She's great. We're so excited that we had a little girl. Especially (older daughter) Leni is super-excited," says Klum. "(Lou's) in our room at night. Leni is waiting for her to go into her room. Her brothers share a room and she doesn't have anyone in her room."
Also prepping pre-show was Sports Illustrated knockout Marisa Miller, who said she has her sights set on one thing post-show: a cupcake. "That's all I want. Bring me a cupcake as I'm running off the runway. Just throw it to me," she said.
Lean Brazilian bombshell Alessandra Ambrosio lounged on a sofa before the show. It's almost impossible to fathom that she has a daughter, Anja, 1. Her secret? She does Pilates and yoga to stay in shape.
And she loves her day job, she says. "I have three houses and they are packed with lingerie. I don't even try to count," says Ambrosio.
During the show, the Black Eyed Peas performed as models paraded down a jet-black, diamond-dusted V-shaped runway.
The Peas' Boom Boom Pow kicked off the show as Ambrosio walked first in neon wings, with Miranda Kerr following in oversized space-like armored wings.
Each act of the show ranged from futuristic funky to pop playful. Giant feathers plumed off armored wings in the dark second act while models marched to Leona Lewis' tunes.
For the Victoria's Secret Pink line, the models went whimsical wearing super sparkly bras, cutoffs emblazoned with hearts, and long trains made of balloons. They paraded around a giant Jeff Koontz-like blow-up puppy.
Taking it all in from the front row: Jay-Z, Dr. Dre, Michelle Trachtenberg, Christian Siriano, Keri Hilson and the members of Kings of Leon.
The Victoria's Secret fashion show airs Dec. 1 on CBS.