Everyone has heard of Gigi Hadid, Kendall Jenner, and Jaime King. They are all famous for many reasons, and they are also all Victoria’s Secret models. But even these lovely ladies are not Angel material, or not yet. It takes just a little something extra to become a Victoria’s Secret Angel, the most prestigious of the brand’s models. Only the best of the best receive their wings (though my theory is that it helps if you are from Brazil; nearly 20 nations are represented by the Angels, and a large percentage hail from South America’s largest country).
These women are all, of course, perfectly sculpted and drop dead gorgeous, almost as if God had made them by hand. It is no stretch of the imagination that they should be called Angels, then… except that it is. They may look angelic on the outside (usually when they are not strutting mostly naked down a runway or posing nude) but in reality they are far from it! It goes with the territory, as we know, and these supermodels do not disappoint. Infidelity, anorexia, hookups, scandal, even a blood-soaked sex session for the cameras- they do it all! Read on to see irony at its finest: the inner devils of earth’s most beautiful women, the Victoria’s Secret Angels.
15. Heidi Klum – No Innocent Angel
Heidi Klum is the oldest on this list, having been an Angel from 1997-2010. The German mother of four is currently a judge on NBC’s America’s Got Talent. When she began dating musician Seal, she was pregnant with daughter Leni, whose father was not first husband Ric Pipino, but her next man, Italian businessman Flavio Briatore. But Seal raised Leni as his own, and three more came along before he and Heidi eventually divorced. She denies Seal’s accusations that she was, in his words, “fornicating with the help”.
There was a topless photo scandal (but really, when is there not, with these girls?), and more men, including a brief romance with her bodyguard. Heidi transitioned into a cougar, the logical next step in Hollywood life, when she began seeing Vito Schnabel in 2014. He is 13 years her junior and- not shockingly- has allegedly cheated on her. Oh, the drama!
14. Josephine Skriver – Hangs Out With The Jenners
Josephine Skriver is from Copenhagen, Denmark, and brand new to the Angels as of 2016. Her family and upbringing are a huge part of her life even now, as she frequently speaks about being an IVF child (but “not a science experiment”) born to a mother and father who are both gay. Like most of her Angel friends, Josephine poses nude, sunbathes nude, and embraces her coveted lifestyle. She dates a rockstar, which seems fitting (lead singer of the punk rock band The Cab, Alexander DeLeon), and is part of the Jenner sisters’ infamous squad. This last fact is telling; we all know way more than we want to about the Kardashian/Jenner antics, and the family’s two youngest daughters can be little devils, themselves. So it remains to be seen which little devil – Skriver or Jenner- is the leader of the pack and a likely bad influence to the other. My money’s on Kylie.
13. Adriana Lima – Bieber Connection
Hailing from Salvador, Bahia in Brazil is one of the most recognized and popular Angels (and one of the most senior, since 2000), Adriana Lima. If her smoldering facade is indicative of anything else, it is not surprising that this amateur boxer has had her share of scandals. There are rumors that Adriana spent a night with Justin Bieber during the Cannes Film Festival (as in, all night, in his hotel room), and there are allegations that she had an affair with Turkish media mogul Acun Ilicali. While at a boxing ring, she also managed to accidentally salute a Turkish terrorist group called the Grey Wolves, who not only murdered hundreds of innocent people but also planned to assassinate Pope John Paul II. This caused quite an uproar.
What is surprising, then, was that she was brought up as a strict Catholic and still attends church every Sunday. And unlike many of her fellow Angels, Adriana did not aspire to become a model; in fact, she wanted to be a doctor as a teenager. At least modeling lingerie pays better – in her case, anyway.
12. Candice Swanepoel – The Efron Hook-Up
Candice Swanepoel has been an Angel since 2010, and during the half decade or so that she has, the South African native has stirred up some scandal on the side. She comes from the very small town of Mooi River, Kwazulu-Natal (where she was discovered at a flea market, of all places!), but even so, she fits right into the glitz and glam of Hollywood. She did a full-on nude photoshoot for Maxim, and it is rumored that after meeting Zac Efron while out one night, they went to the VIP room.
Candice was also named as one of the 101 celebs whose private photos were leaked from their phones being hacked. But no worries – this blonde bombshell took that in stride and instead of worrying about it, partied like crazy at Burning Man. Recently, she announced that she is expecting her first child with her fiance, Brazilian model Hermann Nicoli, whom she’s dated since 2005.
11. Miranda Kerr – The Biebs Strikes Again!
An Angel from 2007-2013, Aussie Miranda Kerr is one of the more famous ladies to have held Victoria’s Secret’s highest title. She was married to Orlando Bloom, and it is speculated that their current separation is, at least in part, due to her sexting and flirting with Justin Bieber (he is just trouble for the Angels, apparently). The two men even got into a physical fight over Miranda! She is also suspected to have cheated on poor Orlando with Leonardo DiCaprio.
Then there is the photoshopping scandal (self-explanatory), topless shoots, and one thing that is more unique than any of the above: her own family. An Australian documentary revealed a dark side to fame that has changed Miranda for the worse. Her parents say they’ve had difficulty reaching her at times.
10. Alessandra Ambrosio – Model Likes To Be In The Buff
Another of the higher-profile Angels (2004-present) is the beautiful Alessandra Ambrosio, from Erexim, Brazil. It is in her home country that this “angel” filmed raunchy, nude sex scenes for the Brazilian serial drama Verdades Secretas.
Presently, the drama surrounding the beach babe is that she most likely is now secretly married to longtime love (and father to her two children), businessman Jamie Mazur.
9. Taylor Marie Hill – Racist Snapchat
Taylor Marie Hill is the baby of the group (though not the newest, as she has been an Angel since 2015). At just 20 years old, this fresh-faced and pouty-mouthed brunette has already gotten a substantial amount of criticism in the media. This is largely because people think she is racist, after she made a Snapchat video (then promptly deleted it) making fun of Muslims. She has also been outed for using the n-word and mocking an Indian accent. There is something to be said for being young and dumb, I suppose, but beauty will only get you so far if people hate you, a lesson she would do well to learn sooner rather than later.
8. Tyra Banks – Sued By Former ANTM Contestant
Tyra Banks is well known for several of her ventures, most notably America’s Next Top Model and The Tyra Banks Show. Her time as a Victoria’s Secret Angel (1997-2005) is another. But the supermodel/actress/talk show host also has some scandals that would, of course, be considered less than successful. For example, she was actually sued for $3 million by America’s Next Top Model contestant Angelea Preston, who was stripped of her title when it was discovered that she had previously worked as an escort. Tyra has also been accused of discriminating against Jews, and has an ongoing public feud with Chrissy Teigen; it is rumored that in fact, Chrissy is the reason Tyra quit her own show, FABlife! Apparently, the feud began after the co-hosts started comparing fertility struggles (Chrissy is now pregnant, and Tyra has a new baby boy via surrogate).
7. Laetitia Casta – Beloved Symbol Of France Lives In England
French Angel Laetitia Casta is a little something different. For one thing, she is considered quite voluptuous for a model. She also had a rather short contract with Victoria’s Secret from 1998-2000, but has kept her name circulating. She has graced the covers of over 100 prominent magazines, participated in political demonstrations, and made several films.
The mother of two became the focus of controversy during her time as an Angel when she was selected as Marianne (the national symbol for the French Republic that is traditionally represented by famous women- yeah, it did not make much sense to me, either). During this time, Laetitia/Marianne was photographed (for a shoot) passionately kissing sculptures. But this is not why there was controversy; that only arose when she moved to London, many say, to avoid France’s higher taxes. The timing was very suspicious, as she had literally just been elected as the beloved symbol of France.
6. Behati Prinsloo – Likes Being Filmed In The Buff
Behati Prinsloo is famous not only for being an Angel (2009-present), but also for being Adam Levine‘s wife. The Maroon 5 rocker (who has also been romantically linked to Victoria’s Secret model/his wife’s coworker, Anne Vyalitsyna) and the model from Grootfontein, Namibia, are expecting their first child together this year. But the soon-to-be first-time mom is not always so angelic. Like many of her fellow “Angels”, she has posed nude extensively. And her comfort in front of the camera goes farther than plain nudity or even sex; she and her husband recently filmed a full-on naked sex scene, while drenched in fake blood! It was for his music video “Animal”, and rumor has it that they actually did the deed for the camera.
5. Stella Maxwell – Miley Cyrus’s Ex
Most of Stella Maxwell‘s devilish behavior stems from her often-excessive PDA with ex-girlfriend Miley Cyrus. The two former lovebirds are both bisexual, and made that fact as clear as day in the past. They were photographed several times kissing passionately in public, and even when Miley was possibly fingering Stella. Born in Belgium to Irish parents, Stella also posed topless for various photoshoots, including one especially racy shoot on the beach. When it comes to naughty “model behavior”, Victoria’s Secret’s only Irish Angel is pretty standard in her debauchery. She is one of the newer Angels.
4. Karlie Kloss – The Kiss
At a The 1975 concert in New York City, Karlie Kloss (an Angel from 2013-2015) was spotted kissing her friend, Taylor Swift. This was in 2014, and only the tip of the iceberg when it comes to her risque behavior. Karlie became “the other woman” when actress Michelle Rodriguez cheated on model girlfriend Cara Delevingne with her.
3. Lily Aldridge – A Thing For Women?
Lily Aldridge was the wearer of the $2 million Fireworks Fantasy Bra last year, but she seems to maintain a (relatively) level-headed approach to life. That is, except for the million or so times she has flaunted her stuff for the world to see, a quite unladylike (or un-Angel-like) thing to do. An Angel since 2010, she has appeared in GQ and the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit edition.
The wife of Kings of Leon frontman Caleb Followill and mother to one, it is rumored that she walked the catwalk while pregnant, which people have frowned upon because she was so visibly tiny. No matter how early on in pregnancy, bloat and fuller breasts accompany the conceiving of a child, and her lack thereof was alarming to some, whether she even knew she was expecting, or not. She has also been rumored to have been seen kissing her BFF Karlie Kloss, which is not a big deal… unless you are “straight” and married.
Lily’s mother was Playboy Playmate Laura Lyons, and clearly Lily followed somewhat of the same path. I wonder if “like mother like daughter” will apply to her own little girl?
2. Sara Sampaio – Seen With Harry Styles
It was Portuguese model Sara Sampaio‘s “dream come true” to be an Angel, and she auditioned three times, finally landing the coveted job in 2015. She posts many selfies in the buff on social media, but her biggest scandal was being photographed doing an obvious Walk of Shame after spending the night with Harry Styles. They were seen kissing goodbye outside the Ludlow Hotel in Manhattan, but then she returned to the hotel (where he was staying) and was seen the next morning at 11 AM with the same clothes on from the night before, just a little more rumpled. They then left within 15 minutes of each other. The two are rumored to be dating. This supermodel and karate aficionado also made history in 2014 as the first-ever Portuguese model to appear in Sports Illustrated.
1. Rosie Huntington-Whiteley – Likes To Pose In The Buff
Rosie Huntington-Whiteley starred in Transformers: Dark of the Moon, and Mad Max: Fury Road, so it makes sense that her fiance is action-hero Jason Statham. She was an Angel from 2009-2010, a relatively short amount of time. She posed for the Pirelli calendar, known for its tradition of featuring top models in the nude. It has boasted the bodies of several other Victoria’s Secret girls in addition to Rosie. Also on the British model’s resume is a short film for the risque lingerie line, Agent Provocateur. In 2011 she was #1 on Maxim’s Top 100 list, and was labeled the World’s Sexiest Woman by FHM, a UK men’s magazine. All of these are quite an honor for such an “angel” to have.