Victoria’s Secret is a brand associated with gorgeous models who exude sex appeal and also earn top dollars. According to Business Insider, the popular company known for its lingerie has an annual fashion show that drives $6.6 billion in annual sales. Plus, to walk on the runway, a Victoria’s Secret Angel must be able to increase sales. Otherwise, they risk getting booted or not being invited regardless of their celebrity status.
The life of a Victoria’s Secret Angel brings luxury, fame, and high pay. While all of the beauties are attractive in their own way, some stand out for their unique physical characteristics or massive fame. The world was first introduced to these beauties in 1997, and they continue to grow in popularity each year. Here’s a list of the top 20 sexiest Victoria’s Secret Angels of all time.
Laetitia Casta is a former spokesperson for L’Oreal. From 1998-2000 she was a featured Angel. In total, Laetitia has been on the cover of over 100 popular magazines ranging from Vogue to Rolling Stone. She has also been the face of fragrances, such as Allure by Chanel. Laetitia began acting and even received a Cesar Award nomination for Best Supporting Actress.
Inés Rivero started modeling at the age of 14. She rose to fame when she signed with Victoria’s Secret and became an Angel in the 1990s. She was a part of what’s considered the first wave of Angels, walking alongside supermodels Heidi Klum and Karen Mulder. She was also on the cover of Vogue, Elle, Marie Claire, and many more. Most recently, she has appeared on television shows, and also worked in the music industry
Doutzen Kroes has been a Victoria’s Secret Angel since 2008, after working with the brand since 2004. She made the Forbes list for top-earning models two years ago, almost earning $7 million. She once wanted to be a professional speed skater as a young girl growing up in the Netherlands. However, she moved to New York City to pursue modeling and eventually found herself on the cover of Vogue, Elle, and Time Magazine. Doutzen also appeared in the Victoria’s Secret catalog many times as well as the brand’s annual fashion show.
Elsa Hosk was 13 years old when her father submitted her to model agencies. She did some work for Guess and other brands, but decided to focus on her studies. Years later, Elsa tried to pursue professional basketball but ultimately wasn’t good enough to play. Plus, she kept receiving job offers to model. In 2011, she started to work for Victoria’s Secret and soon became one of the most famous models in the world. This year she became an Angel, which isn’t surprising since she earns millions for the company. She also appeared in numerous campaigns for the lingerie giant, such as PINK.
At the age of 16, Karolina Kurkova was a part of the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show webcast in 2000. She went on to do print campaigns for Hugo Boss, Versace, and Louis Vuitton. Karolina was known for her excellent work ethic, one time working 23 weeks straight. This is probably one of the reasons why, in 2002, she was named “Model of the Year” at the VH1/Vogue Fashion Awards. She was contracted in 2005 as an Angel and wore a $6.5 million bra at the 2006 Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show the following year. She even has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
Tyra Banks is one of the original Angels, working from 1997-2005 and appeared two times on the cover of the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue. In 1997 Tyra was the first African-American to be on the cover of the Victoria’s Secret catalog. By the 2000s, Tyra was one of the top-earning models in the world. She has been in numerous films and television shows. She had her own talk show, which earned her an Emmy, and produced the hit reality show America’s Next Top Model.
Chanel started modeling when she was 13-years-old. She appeared on the cover of Teen Vogue two times in 2007, and again in 2009. She has appeared in advertising campaigns for high-end brands such as Ralph Lauren and Bottega Veneta. She’s most known for being a Victoria’s Secret Angel, which occurred in 2010. She was used in numerous campaigns and also walked in the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show from 2009-2011. In 2007, Vogue presented her as one of the “world’s next top models” on its cover.
Lindsay Ellingson got her big break while studying biology at UC San Diego. She was sent to Paris where she met designer John Galliano who helped her rise to fame. She’s been working for Victoria’s Secret for 5 years in a row, and she’s one of the brand’s top models. In 2009, she was chosen to be a spokesperson for “Body by Victoria” while also having a featured role in the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show that year. Lindsay also appeared in numerous runway shows for Chanel, Gucci, Oscar de la Renta, and more.
Rosie Huntington-Whiteley had her first modeling session at the age of 16 for a Levi’s jeans commercial. In 2006 she was signed on as a Victoria’s Secret model and appeared on the cover of British Vogue in 2008. In 2010 Rosie became an Angel and Maxim listed her as number 1 on its “Hot 100” list the following year. The beauty also has a love for acting, known for her role in the 2011 film Transformers: Dark of the Moon.
In 2013, Joan Smalls landed on the Forbes top ten list as one of the world’s highest paid models. After getting her Bachelor’s Degree in psychology, she decided to move to New York City to pursue modeling. Within a couple of years, the Puerto Rican model was doing work for Chanel, Prada, Gucci, Tom Ford, and more. She started to model for Victoria’s Secret in 2010, and made appearances in the annual fashion show from 2011-2014. Joan made history several years ago when she became the first Latin American model to sign a worldwide campaign contract for Estée Lauder cosmetics. This year, supermodel Cindy Crawford said the following about Joan: “…She has great style—sexy and elegant with a touch of tomboy thrown in!”
Bahati Prinsloo is a famous supermodel and also the wife of superstar singer Adam Levine. At the age of 16, the South African beauty was discovered by Sarah Doukas, founder of Storm Model Management, while vacationing in Cape Town. She’s been on the cover of Vogue, Italian Elle, and many more. She has also been in the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show from 2007-2013. Bahati was named an Angel in 2009 and also the face of PINK, a sub-brand of the linger company. She’s been in music videos, such as “Rich Girls” by The Virgins. The Namibian model is estimated to be worth over $240 million due to stock investments, property holdings, restaurants, model contracts, endorsement deals, and other investments.
Alessandra Ambrosio was chosen as Victoria’s Secret first spokesmodel for its “PINK” fashion line. She is currently an Angel, and remains one of the top-earning models in the world. When she appeared in the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show in 2005, her lingerie was made entirely out of candy. In 2007 she was voted “100 Most Beautiful People in the World” by People magazine. Alessandra has also appeared in numerous television shows and movies.
Selita Ebanks was an Angel from 2005-2009. She also appeared in the 2008 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue. After moving to the United States from Grand Cayman, Selita was accepted into New York University and Columbia University. However, she chose to pursue modeling. In 2005, she signed a contract with Victoria’s Secret and had the admiration of fellow model Tyra Banks who was proud to see her representing African-American women for the brand. Selita even wore a Holiday Fantasy Bra Set worth $4.5 million in the Victoria’s Secret Christmas Dreams and Fantasies 2007 catalogue. Selita also appeared in well-known television shows, such as Husband’s of Hollywood.
Lily Aldridge is a current Victoria’s Secret Angel. She started modeling at the age of 16 and went on to work for Rocawear, JCrew, Coach, and more. She comes from a fashion family and even served as a photographer for an advertising campaign for Rag and Bone clothing company. In 2010 she became an Angel. Most recently, Lily is the face of clothing company XOXO and Proactiv, which offers skincare products that help with acne.
Marisa Miller got her big break after a friend showed her picture to fashion photographer Mario Testino in 2001. Marisa met him in California where he gave her a job offer for the American and Italian editions of Vogue. In less than half a year, Marisa was working for Victoria’s Secret and appeared in the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue from 2002-2008. In 2007, she was an Angel and wore the coveted Fantasy Bra in 2009. She was also a spokesperson for the NFL several years ago.
Miranda began modeling at the age of 14. She received commercial exposure in the following years with brands such as Billabong. She eventually moved from Australia to New York where she was able to book print campaigns for major labels. In 2007, Miranda became the first ever Australian Victoria’s Secret Angel. She quickly became one of the most popular models for the brand. She’s been one of the world’s highest earning models for years and launched her own organic skincare products in 2009.
Adriana Lima won numerous beauty pageants when she was a girl. As a teenager she moved to New York City to pursue acting after she finished in second place in Ford’s “Supermodel of the World” competition. She soon gained popularity and worked for Armani, Versace, and bebe. In 2006 Adriana ranked as the fifth highest paid supermodel in the world. Her first fashion show for Victoria’s Secret was in 1999 and she soon became an Angel in 2000. In 2014, she ranked as the second highest paid supermodel according to Forbes magazine.
In 2012 Candice Swanepoel made the Forbes list for top-earning models. The 26-year-old South African bombshell has already walked the runway for Chanel, Dolce and Gabbana, Michael Kors, and many more. She has appeared on advertisements for Nike and Diesel. Candice was in a few Victoria’s Secret commercials and then became an Angel in 2010. In 2013, she was named the cover model of the lingerie company’s Secret Swim catalogue. She even wore a $10 million dollar Fantasy Bra in the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show in 2013.
Heidi Klum started modeling after her friend convinced her to be a part of a national modeling contest called Model 92. In 1992 she won and was offered a modeling contract worth $300,000. She reached fame after appearing on the cover of A Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue and becoming an Angel. Heidi is also an executive producer and host of the reality show, Project Runway, which won her an Emmy in 2013. Four years ago, the German beauty left Victoria’s Secret and hasn’t looked back. She is one of the highest paid models to this day, coming in at number one in 2008.
Gisele Bundchen was listed as the highest paid supermodel in 2014 by Forbes, earning almost $50 million. She was also listed as the 89th most powerful woman in the world by the same publication. Gisele began her modeling career in 1998 after auditioning for 42 shows in 1997. She then made history by being on the cover of 10 major magazines in less than four years. Overall, she has been on the cover of more than 600 magazine covers. In 2000, she signed on with Victoria’s Secret and wore the most expensive fantasy bra of all time, which had a value of $15 million and made the Guinness World Records as the most expensive piece of lingerie ever. Gisele is now the new spokeswoman for the fragrance Chanel Number 5.