At last! Finally the long-awaited and most loved fashion show will be aired next Tuesday Dec 8th. If you don’t know what I am talking about – I’m talking about the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show! As a girl, this show is something we wait for all year! Nothing beats getting together with a few girlfriends, a bottle of wine (or two) and turning on the TV to watch some of the hottest women strut their stuff. Walking down the runway to live music (this year Rihanna and Selena Gomez perform) and wearing some of the sexiest lingerie, swim suits and active wear ever- these women are the most envied women on the planet! From all around the world these girls are known for their amazing bodies, their confidence and their ferociousness.
For those of you who don’t know, this fashion show is nothing like an editorial fashion show. Every year The Victoria’s Secret team puts together a performance which allows the models to wave, smile, dance and laugh, quite uncharacteristic of the average fashion show. With its impeccable atmosphere and after parties, the VS Fashion Show is super fun and relaxed with hundreds of A-list celebrities in attendance. The viewers, like me, have the chance to see names like Beyoncé and Jay-Z sitting first row as they watch the show. How fun, right?
See below for an extensive list of the top 12 hottest Victoria’s Secret models to walk in the VS fashion show this year!
Trust me, you won’t be disappointed.
12. Sara Sampaio
Born in Porto, Portugal, Sara Sampaio is a model best known for being the first Portuguese model to be featured in a Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue. At only 24 years old she’s won the 2014 Award for Rookie of the Year for Sports Illustrated, has modelled for brands like GQ, Glamour and Vogue and has been part of the “A Body for Everyone” campaign that stands for all women being beautiful no matter what shape or size they are. She began her career with Victoria’s Secret during the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show in 2013 with one segment. In 2014 she gained 2 segments on the runway and finally she was named an Angel in 2015.
11. Maria Borges
Maria Borges, a stunning Angolan model was raised in Luanda, Angola by her siblings during the Angolan Civil War. In 2010 she decided to try out for the Angolan edition of Elite Model Look and finished in second place. Her career rapidly began to flourish and in 2012 she signed with Supreme Agency. Having walked many runways, been a Givenchy exclusive and known as fashion designer Riccardo Tisci’s favourite model, Maria has without a doubt been a massive influence in the fashion world. She’s walked the past 3 years in the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show and is the first black women to walk down the VS runway with her natural Afro hair.
10. Kendall Jenner
Kendall Jenner, 20 years old and the second youngest of the Kardashian-Jenner clan, is a model and TV personality definitely deserving of this spot! First year as a model in the Victoria’s Secret Fashion show and new to high fashion modelling in general, Kendall Jenner has been named the new “It Girl” in the fashion industry. Born in Los, Angeles California, this Californian beauty is just starting out her career, having recently walked in New York, Milan and Paris Fashion week she is slowly creating a career in modelling and entrepreneurship. Her sister Kylie Jenner and her have worked together on fashion lines with Topshop, PacSun and Steve Madden.
9. Shanina Shaik
Born in Melbourne, Australia, Shanina Shaik comes from Lithuanian, Australian, Pakistani and Saudi Arabian descent. She has one of the most diverse looks on this list and has been modelling one of the longest – since the age of 8. Years after, she entered the Girlfriend Model Competition in Australia. Agents were interested in her, but as she was only 15, she was unable to move by herself to Sydney. Instead she participated on the Australian show Make Me A Supermodel where she finished as runner up. Reportedly she tried out 3 years in a row for the VS fashion show but was only allowed to partake for the first time in 2011.
8. Lily Aldridge
Lily Aldridge is a classic. She’s known for her gorgeous brown locks, her gap teeth, high cheekbones and her olive complexion. As the rocker of the group, she is married to musician Caleb Followill from the band Kings of Leon and they have one child together. She is a self-proclaimed workaholic and fitness junkie. Aldridge regularly boxes and does pilates to keep her figure in shape. Known as one of the Victoria’s Secret veterans, she has walked in the fashion show more than anyone on this list – 7 times! Aldridge gained her angel wings only the second time she walked in 2010!
7. Romee Strijd
This blonde bombshell is one of the youngest on this list. Born in Zoetermeer, Netherlands, Romee Strijid is a Dutch model best known for her work with Victoria’s Secret. She was a newcomer to the fashion show last year but has since become an official Victoria’s Secret Angel. She’s worked with Alexander McQueen, Balmain and Prada among many other high brand name names. She’s appeared on the cover of both Elle and Vogue Netherlands and in 2015 she was named as the new face for the Stradivarius spring fashion campaign. Strijid is currently signed with the DNA Model Management agency in New York City.
6. Gigi Hadid
This beautiful 20-year-old is a Victoria’s Secret Pink model. Walking the fashion show for the first time she will definitely be one of the showstoppers. Born with Dutch and Palestinian ancestry, she started modelling for Baby Guess when she was just 2 years old. Model, TV personality (her mother is on the TV show The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills) and American socialite, Gigi has grown up in an A-list world. Hadid is the stepsister to Erin and Sara Foster and she is reportedly best friends with Kendall Jenner (who also walked in the VS fashion show for the first time). Currently signed with IMG models, her career is only beginning. This native Californian has a lot of potential to be one of the greatest supermodels of this time. She is currently dating Zayn Malik from One Direction.
5. Behati Prinsloo
26-year-old Behati Prinsloo, born in Nambia, is another Victoria’s Secret model veteran. Known as the tomboy of the group, she’s a nature and animal lover. Her career started at the age of 16 while on vacation in Cape Town, South Africa with her family. She was noticed by a scout and shortly thereafter, she moved to London to start her modelling career. Interestingly enough, her first modelling gig was a foot ad campaign. Behati is reportedly good friends with musician Taylor Swift and she is married to the handsome Adam Levine of Maroon 5 and judge on The Voice. Lucky girl.
4. Joan Smalls
Born in Puerto Rico with West-Indian and African ancestry, Joan Smalls is one of the newest and freshest faces of the decade. This 27-year-old became the first Latina to represent on the Estee Lauder cosmetic campaign, she’s been dubbed the next greatest supermodel and in 2012 was awarded “Model of the Year” by supermodel Iman. She’s been featured in brand campaigns such as Calvin Klein, Givenchy, Tiffany & Co., Versace and has been serving as co-host of the MTV fashion show House of Style. Not only that, but she is one of a few who have modelled in the Victoria’s Secret Fashion show 5 years straight.
3. Alessandra Ambrosio
Alessandra Ambrosio is lucky number 3 on this list! This beautiful Brazilian babe is not only Victoria’s Secret’s Pink line spokes-model but she is also a fashion designer and the National Ambassador for the National Multiple Sclerosis Society. Born in Erechim, Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil, she first gained recognition when she entered the Elite Model Look contest and won. Though seemingly perfect, Ambrosio at an early age was very insecure about her ears. At the age of 11 she had cosmetic surgery to have her ears pinned back, though suffering complications for the next 2 years. Following this surgery, she claims that she will never have anything done again.
2. Candice Swanepoel
This South African stunner was actually discovered in a mall in Durban when she was just 16. At 5’9½”, blonde and blue eyed, she quickly became an international sensation. Currently 10th on the Forbes top-earning models list, Candice has modelled for brand names like Tommy Hilfiger, Dolce and Gabbana, Fendi, Chanel and Stella McCartney among many others. She’s been on the cover of multiple Vogue and Elle covers and has even been the one to officially open the first Victoria’s Secret retail store in Canada. She has been dating model Hermann Nicoli ever since she was 17 (now she is 27), they announced their engagement August 2015.
1. Adriana Lima
Born in Salvador, Bahia, Brazil, this Brazilian beauty is easy #1 on this list. Adriana Lima one of the most popular Victoria’s Secret Models, one of the veterans of the bunch and is classified as one of Victoria’s Secret’s Perfect 10. At the early age of 13 she competed in modelling competitions. With her Native-Brazilian, African-Brazilian, Portuguese and Caribbean heritage, she landed a deal with the prestigious Elite Model Management. She’s known for her athletic body (she loves to box) and her exotic look. Adriana has modelled for names such as Bebe, BCBG and Keds – though most notable is her status as a Victoria’s Secret Angel. Interesting fact: she is the second best-paid Brazilian model, behind Gisele Bundchen. Lima can also speak 4 languages: English, Portuguese, Spanish and Italian.