14 Victoria’s Secret Angels Who Rule(d) the Runway

Joanna Elizabeth


Published August 18, 2017


Updated October 24, 2022

Heidi Klum

Heidi Klum for Victoria's Secret (1999)
Heidi Klum for Victoria’s Secret (1999)

Before becoming a television icon on shows such as ‘Project Runway’ and ‘America’s Got Talent’, German beauty Heidi Klum appeared on the Victoria’s Secret catwalk. Named an Angel in 1997, she had an impressive thirteen year run until she retired from the runway in 2010. Now, she makes serious bank with business ventures, and ranked #39 on Forbes’ Power Women list in 2011.

Jasmine Tookes

Jasmine Tookes wears the 2016 Victoria's Secret Fantasy Bra. Photo: Victoria's Secret
Jasmine Tookes wears the 2016 Victoria’s Secret Fantasy Bra. Photo: Victoria’s Secret

Another one of the newer Victoria’s Secret Angels, Jasmine Tookes worked with the brand since 2012 but signed a contract in 2015. In 2016, she became the third black model to wear the VS Fashion Show’s Fantasy Bra. Jasmine also landed the covers of magazines such as ELLE US, Vogue Spain and Harper’s Bazaar Vietnam.

Behati Prinsloo

Behati Prinsloo at the 2014 Victoria's Secret Fashion Show. Photo: Victoria's Secret.
Behati Prinsloo at the 2014 Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show. Photo: Victoria’s Secret.

Model Behati Prinsloo became the face of Pink in 2008, and then landed a contract as a Victoria’s Secret Angel in 2009. She married the frontman of Maroon 5, Adam Levine, and the two have one child together. The Namibian model appeared in campaigns for brands such as H&M, Chanel, Nina Ricci and Tommy Hilfiger. Her covers include titles like Vogue Russia, Elle France and i-D.

Doutzen Kroes

Doutzen Kroes for Victoria's Secret (2014). Photo: Victoria's Secret
Doutzen Kroes for Victoria’s Secret (2014)

Dutch model Doutzen Kroes first started her career in high fashion, fronting campaigns for brands like Versace, Valentino and Gucci. The blonde beauty began her work with Victoria’s Secret in 2004 and became an Angel in 2008. She left in late 2015 after seven years with the brand. Doutzen also appeared on multiple Vogue covers including the German, Parisian and Italian editions. A face of L’Oreal Paris, she went on to design her own lingerie and swimsuit collections.

Rosie Huntington-Whiteley

Rosie Huntington Whiteley for Victoria's Secret (2011)
Rosie Huntington Whiteley for Victoria’s Secret (2011)

British stunner Rosie Huntington-Whiteley started working for the lingerie brand in 2006. Named a Victoria’s Secret Angel in 2009, she left the brand in 2011. Rosie went on to star in campaigns for Burberry, UGG and Paige. She also covered fashion glossies such as Vogue UK, Vogue Spain and Glamour. Rosie appeared in films such as well as ‘Mad Max: Fury Road’ and ‘Transformers: Dark of the Moon’. The blonde designs a lingerie, beauty and swimwear line for Autograph by Marks and Spencer.

Tyra Banks

Tyra Banks on Victoria's Secret Catalog (1999)
Tyra Banks on Victoria’s Secret Catalog (1999)

Now she is most well-known for creating the reality competition show “America’s Next Top Model”, but Tyra Banks was one of the original Victoria’s Secret Angels starting in 1997. The model retired from the VS catwalk in 2005, and went on to host her own talk show. Tyra launched her own cosmetics line TYRA Beauty in 2014. She became the host of ‘America’s Got Talent’ in 2017. Tyra also appeared on covers for magazines like American Harper’s Bazaar, GQ, Sports Illustrated: Swimsuit Edition and Elle.

Karolina Kurkova

Karolina Kurkova for Victoria's Secret
Karolina Kurkova for Victoria’s Secret

Czech model Karolina Kurkova became a Victoria’s Secret Angel in 2006, and first appeared in the 2000 show at the age of 16. Her contract ended in 2009. She also fronted campaigns for top brands like Louis Vuitton, Chanel and Max Mara. The blonde worked as a judge on season 1 of the Oxygen model reality television show, ‘The Face’, alongside Naomi Campbell and Coco Rocha. Karolina graced two solo American Vogue covers.

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8 thoughts on “14 Victoria’s Secret Angels Who Rule(d) the Runway”

  1. Gisele Bundchen, Adriana Lima and Miranda Kerr are my favorites. Gisele’s walk is amazing, Adriana’s eyes are so beautiful and Miranda’s smile is angelic.

  2. Can’t believe Stepanie Seymour and Heather Stewart-Whyte aren’t on here. They were THE faces of VS for almost a decade and as scorching-hot as any pair that made this list.


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