Victoria’s Secret is a very well-known brand for a number of reasons. First off, it is the largest retailer of lingerie in the United States. In 2012 alone, the sales for the company exceeded $6 billion! The company owns and operates company stores spread all across the U.S. In addition to the company stores, Victoria’s Secret sells its products through catalogs. They mail out 375 million catalogs a year. The store was founded in 1977 and has since expanded greatly into the monster business it has become today.
One important aspect of the business is the kind of product Victoria’s Secret sells. They are an exclusive dealer of lingerie, a place both men and women can comfortably go to find the ideal sexy evening wear or just casual bras. The company has many women’s apparel and products to choose from. But as recognizable as the clothing line has become, it’s the models that help drive home the look and feel of Victoria’s Secret products.
Just check out a commercial with the Victoria’s Secret Angels on it and watch men’s mouths drop. The sex appeal of the beautiful women and their sexy lingerie drives both men and women to purchase the products in droves. And it’s no wonder the products fly off the shelves with these beauties selling them. This is a list of the top 15 hottest Victoria’s Secret models of all time. This is definitely a subjective list, but one that will be satisfying nonetheless!
15. Laetitia Casta
Casta is a beautiful French model that was discovered by photographer Frederic Cresseaux at the age of 15. Casta has appeared on over 100 magazine covers during her successful modeling career. She walked the annual Victoria’s Secret Fashion show from 1997-2000. She also was one of the coveted Angels from 1998-2000. Casta has enjoyed a second career appearing in numerous television shows and movies over the years.
14. Brooklyn Decker
Married to tennis pro Andy Roddick, Decker has appeared in numerous swimsuit magazines due to her bountiful assets. She did double duty in 2010 appearing on the cover of Sports Illustrated’s Swimsuit Issue as well as appearing in the Victoria’s Secret 2010 Swim Collection. Decker has also had some key roles in television shows and feature films. In particular, Decker played the role of Palmer Dodge alongside Adam Sandler and Jennifer Aniston in Just Go With It. The film featured a slow-motion Decker emerging out of the ocean in a two-piece bathing suit. Yeah…enough said.
13. Doutzen Kroes
Kroes is a Dutch model and actress who jumped off the pages of Victoria’s Secret in 2004. She became a certified Victoria’s Secret Angel in 2008. Kroes is a high-demand model who only earned less than Gisele Bundchen in 2014, according to Forbes top-earning models list. Despite being a self-professed tomboy, Kroes looks every bit woman as she strolls down the runway.
12. Ana Beatriz Barros
The sexy Brazilian model has appeared in just about every magazine around. Her stunning looks is what makes her such an extraordinary Victoria’s Secret model. She worked the Victoria’s Secret fashion shows six times during the 2000s. Barros was named no. 96 in FHM magazine’s “100 Sexiest Women in the World” back in 2006. She is no no.96 to us, however. Barros struts her stuff in style and the beautiful South American comes in at no. 12 on our select list.
11. Lindsay Ellingson
Ellingson is an American-born model who grew up a California girl. The stunning blonde went to the University of California in San Diego to study biology before getting noticed. Ellingson has been on many runways for many companies. She has been booked regularly by Victoria’s Secret, walking for them for five straight years. She is listed as one of the brand’s 12 “supermodels” and of course is one of Victoria’s Secret Angels.
10. Behati Prinsloo
The Namibian model became the face of Victoria’s Secret sub-brand Pink in 2008 and followed that up with being anointed a Victoria’s Secret Angel in 2009. Prinsloo was discovered in Cape Town, South Africa at the age of 16. She has since modeled for nearly every magazine and designer around. Prinsloo is ranked no. 12 on the Top Sexiest Models of all time by models.com.
9. Tyra Banks
One of the original Angels, Banks began her career as a model at the age of 15. She became the first African-American woman on the covers of GQ and the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue. Banks has had a very successful career being a television staple with numerous shows, including her own talk show, The Tyra Banks Show. With movie appearances, TV shows and modeling under her belt, Banks is one of the most talented and successful Victoria’s Secret models of all time (and she’s pretty damn hot too!).
8. Petra Nemcova
Nemcova is a Czech-born model who burst onto the scene after winning the 1995 Czech Elite Model Look. She moved to Milan where her modeling career flourished, her photos featured all across the world on magazines. She was featured by many designers and made a legendary cover appearance in 2003 on the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue. In addition to her modeling, Nemcova started the Happy Hearts Fund (HHF), a charitable organization and campaign formed after the 2004 Tsunami in Thailand that claimed her boyfriend Simon Atlee. Nemcova had suffered serious injuries but hung onto a tree with her dear life for 8 hours until help arrived.
7. Heidi Klum
Klum is a German-American model who in 1999 became the first German to become a Victoria’s Secret Angel. Her success modeling has spanned over two decades with many television show and movie appearances to add to her credit. Klum’s career took off after she entered and won a modeling contest in 1992 labelled “Model 92.” Klum has gone on to host numerous Victoria’s Secret fashion shows, becoming a legend in the industry.
6. Rebecca Romijn
The American-born Romijn is a sultry actress and model who has glowed on the pages of magazines and had major roles in some big motion pictures (see X-Men). She is also known for her marriage to John Stamos. Romijn started her modeling career in 1991 for Sports Illustrated and Victoria’s Secret and has been on a major roll ever since. With an impressive list of television and film appearances, Romijn proves this model doesn’t just have good looks.
5. Marisa Miller
Miller is an absolute beauty. In 2007 she became a Victoria’s Secret Angel and appeared on the cover of Sports Illustrated’s Swimsuit Issue in 2008 to record setting numbers. She is often referred to as a supermodel and Maxim rated her no. 1 on their 2008 “Hot 100 List.” If you are looking for perfection, Miller will supply it. She also is starting to kick up some dirt in movies, appearing in R.I.P.D. in 2013. Expect to see a lot more of Miller over the years. From here on in, any of these gorgeous women could be considered number one on this list.
4. Bar Refaeli
The name Refaeli is well-known in the modeling business, with her mother, Tzipi, making a name for herself back in the 1970s. Refaeli is a beautiful Israeli model who has had many magazine campaigns during her career. Although she was never a Victoria’s Secret Angel, she posed for the magazine and that’s good enough for us. The blue-eyed beauty is truly stunning and breaks the top 5 on our list.
3. Adriana Lima
Again, I can’t stress enough that Lima easily could be no. 1. Lima is a rare blend of sexy, beautiful and mysterious. Lima has been a Victoria’s Secret Angel since 2000 and hasn’t disappointed during the course of her career. At the age of just 15, the Brazilian model finished first in the “Supermodel of Brazil” competition. She regularly is in the top five of earnings amongst all supermodels in the world. She is absolutely stunning and we’re happy to see her on this list!
2. Alessandra Ambrosio
Another Brazilian beauty grabs a place on this exclusive list and it’s well deserved. Ambrosio took modeling classes at the tender age of 12, knowing exactly where she wanted to go. By 15, she was getting work and quickly made a name for herself. Ambrosio has been a big player for Victoria’s Secret brand. She was the first spokesmodel for the Victoria Secret’s Pink line as well as walking the runway for the company. In addition, she is a coveted Angel. On top of all that, she is smoking hot.
1. Candice Swanepoel
Number one of the list is the youngest model on the board. Swanepoel is a South African model who began her career at the age of 15 (seems like 15 is the magic number for modeling start-ups). In 2007, she joined Victoria’s Secret. In 2010, she became an Angel for the company. She was chosen by the company to wear an exclusive $10-million bra, featuring gems, rubies, diamonds and yellow sapphires all set on 18-carat gold with a 52-carat ruby at the center (I’m guessing this bra won’t be at your local Walmart anytime soon). An absolute stunner, we back up our choice with Swanepoel being featured no.1 on Maxim’s “Hot 100 List” in 2014. So we’re in good company there. She is gorgeous and our choice for the hottest Victoria’s Secret Model of all time.