Victoria’s Secret Angels – Since the inception of its runway show in 1995, Victoria’s Secret launched the careers of many famous models such as Tyra Banks, Gisele Budchen and Heidi Klum. To be named an Angel serves as a career highlight. But what exactly is an Angel?
These models sign a lucrative contract with the lingerie brand to have top billing at its annual Fashion Show as well as appear in campaigns.
Becoming an Angel helps models land lucrative campaigns with other brands as well as launch some to household names. With the recent crossover of Victoria’s Secret girls from commercial success to high fashion, we created a roundup some of the brand’s most memorable faces throughout the years. Discover our list of fourteen famous Victoria’s Secret Angels below in no particular order…
Named a Victoria’s Secret Angel in 2010, this South African beauty became one of the most popular Angels in the past decade. She covered the swim catalogue three years in a row, and wore the Fantasy Bra at the 2013 Fashion Show. The blonde models more than just lingerie though. Candice Swanepoel works with some of the industry’s top photographers such as Steven Meisel, Mert & Marcus and Patrick Demarchelier. She also appeared on covers for magazines like Vogue Australia, Vogue Italia and Vogue Japan.
Brazilian beauty Alessandra Ambrosio became a Victoria’s Secret Angel in 2004. She was the first face of Victoria’s Secret’s PINK line which is geared toward younger customers. The model also worked with high fashion brands such as Dolce & Gabbana, Armani Exchange and Ralph Lauren. The mother of two designs as well, debuting her clothing line Ale by Alessandra in 2014.
Another Brazilian stunner, Adriana Lima, is the longest running Angel, working with Victoria’s Secret since 2000. The beauty worked with some of the industry’s leading photographers including Mert & Marcus, Ellen von Unwerth and Steven Meisel. She fronted campaigns for brands like Miu Miu, Vogue Eyewear, Givenchy and Blumarine.
One of the newer Angels, Taylor Hill, signed a Victoria’s Secret contract in 2015. But she looks to be on track to become another super star at the lingerie brand. Soon afterwards Taylor would also land lucrative contracts with Lancome and L’Oreal Professionnel. Taylor graced the covers of magazines such as Vogue UK, Glamour France and V Magazine.
Danish beauty Helena Christensen was one of the original Victoria’s Secret Angels to appear television spots during the 1990’s. Additionally, she starred in catalogue work and advertisements for the lingerie brand. Outside of fashion, she became most well-known for appearing in a music video for Chris Isaak’s 1989 song, ‘Wicked Game’. Her recent covers include magazines like Vogue Spain, Elle Brazil and Elle Spain.
Gisele Bundchen walked the Victoria’s Secret runway for many years, but left the brand in 2009. One of the most popular Angels to date, the blonde personifies the word supermodel. Gisele went on to appear in campaigns for Chanel, Roberto Cavalli and Versace. The mom of two and wife to American football star Tom Brady continues to top Forbes’ Highest Paid Models List. Her business ventures include a beauty, lingerie and clothing line.
Miranda Kerr worked as a Victoria’s Secret Angel from 2007 to 2013. Since leaving the brand, this Australian beauty fronted campaigns for Prada, Reebok, Jil Sander and Mango. Miranda’s covers include titles such as Vogue Italia, GQ UK and Elle US. Kerr started a beauty brand named Kora Organics which features all natural products. The brunette married Snapchat co-founder Evan Spiegel in 2017.
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