With annual sales of its lingerie reaching as much as $6.6 billion, Victoria’s Secret is a brand that deserves respect. And equally important to its image are the women who model the firm’s elegant, sexy attire. From catwalk goddesses to catalog beauties, these 20 Victoria’s Secret models have helped make the company the internationally renowned giant it is today.
20. Naomi Campbell
One of the world’s most recognizable supermodels, Naomi Campbell appeared on Victoria Secret’s catwalks from 1996 to 2005. Since then, her blazing look has been sought by designers everywhere and she received a Glamour Award for Outstanding Contribution in 2006.
19. Adriana Lima
Brazilian beauty Adriana Lima has been with Victoria’s Secret since 1999 and is the company’s longest-serving model. Her loyalty to the company has literally paid off, with Forbes magazine ranking her in 2015 as the second highest-earning supermodel in the world.
18. Kendall Jenner
Kendall Jenner is the most recent addition to the Victoria’s Secret catwalk team, making her debut for the company in its 2015 annual Fashion Show. And it is highly likely that we will be seeing a lot more of the Keeping Up With the Kardashians star – and her famously full lips – in the years to come.
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17. Selita Ebanks
Endorsed by Victoria’s Secret big-hitter Tyra Banks, Selita Ebanks started showing off her curves for the company in 2005. Since parting ways in 2010, though, Ebanks has made various appearances in film and TV, including a role in Kanye West’s short film Runaway.
16. Doutzen Kroes
One of the five highest-paid models in the world, Doutzen Kroes worked with Victoria’s Secret between 2005 and 2014. The Dutch model’s svelte physique helped her become Vogue’s Model of the Year in her debut year.
15. Candice Swanepoel
South African-born Candice Swanepoel has been strutting her curvaceous physique down Victoria’s Secret runways since 2007 and remains a brand ambassador to this day. Swanepoel, who is committed to charities off the catwalk, has designed a range of jeans for non-profit organization Mother2Mother, which aims to help HIV-positive mothers in her home country.
14. Alessandra Ambrosio
Bursting onto the scene in 2000, Alessandra Ambrosio’s fiery looks and unique wardrobe never fail to turn heads. This current Victoria’s Secret Angel made headlines for walking the 2005 Fashion Show runway in a costume made entirely of candy.
13. Izabel Goulart
An Angel from 2005 to 2008, Izabel Goulart still walks Victoria’s Secret Fashion Shows today. Goulart’s beauty has also helped her land covers with Glamour and Vogue in Brazil as well as to be named one of FHM’s Sexiest Women in the World in 2011.
12. Rosie Huntington-Whiteley
The Sexiest Woman in the World, according to both FHM and Maxim in 2011, British blond bombshell Rosie Huntington-Whiteley has certainly built on the success she enjoyed with Victoria’s Secret. Indeed, she modeled for the company from 2006 to 2010 and has since appeared in Hollywood blockbusters, such as Transformers: Dark of the Moon and Mad Max: Fury Road.
11. Lily Aldridge
Lily Aldridge has been modeling for the company since 2009 and is undeniably gorgeous on camera, even featuring in Taylor Swift’s “Bad Blood” promo. However, she is equally adept behind the lens, having previously been a photographer for designer firm Rag and Bone.
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10. Heidi Klum
Heidi Klum was one of the first Victoria’s Secret Angels and worked with the firm from 1997 to 2010. Becoming an accomplished TV host and producer since leaving the company, Klum won an Emmy for her work on reality TV show Project Runway in 2013.
9. Elsa Hosk
Despite working for Victoria’s Secret since 2011, current Angel Elsa Hosk had different ambitions as a child. Indeed, the Swedish siren pursued professional basketball before switching to modeling, and she credits the sport’s physicality with helping achieve her incredible figure.
8. Tyra Banks
Branded an “ugly duckling” as a child, Tyra Banks apparently grew into her beauty. Nevertheless, she was the first African American woman to appear in a Victoria’s Secret catalog, and she was one of the original Angels, posing for the company between 1996 and 2005.
7. Behati Prinsloo
Behati Prinsloo was originally the face of brand offshoot Pink and became a Victoria’s Secret Angel in 2009. She still works with the company today, and Prinsloo has also helped add glamor to music videos, such as “Animals” by husband Adam Levine’s band Maroon 5.
6. Karlie Kloss
Karlie Kloss was named one of the 30 Top Models of the 2000s by Paris Vogue, but she didn’t start modeling for Victoria’s Secret until 2011. She was an Angel from 2013 to 2015, however, and her beauty has been described as “unique” by former Angel Tyra Banks.
5. Chanel Iman
Chanel Iman had already graced the cover of Teen Vogue three times before walking the Victoria’s Secret runway in 2009. She worked with the company for a further three years and has since used her youthful looks and celebrity status to promote charitable causes.
4. Joan Smalls
Named Model of the Year at the 2012 Style Awards, Joan Smalls’ beauty leaves even fashion icons awestruck. Indeed, Cindy Crawford called Smalls – who has modeled for Victoria’s Secret since 2011 – “my favorite new model” and praised her “sexy and elegant” style.
3. Lais Ribeiro
Proving that pregnancy is no barrier to a gorgeous bod, Lais Ribeiro became a model shortly after giving birth to her son. Ribeiro has been flaunting her athletic physique with Victoria’s Secret since 2010 and became an Angel in 2015.
2. Miranda Kerr
The first Australian to be named an Angel, Miranda Kerr modeled for Victoria’s Secret from 2007 to 2012. Known for her dimples and youthful complexion – she has launched her own skincare range – she was named sexiest woman alive in 2012 by the British edition of Esquire.
1. Gisele Bündchen
Gisele Bündchen’s sultry looks and pioneering catwalk style have helped her become the highest-paid model in the world. In fact, Bündchen earned $44 million in 2015 while her net worth is estimated at $360 million. She posed for Victoria’s Secret between 1999 and 2007.