There is one day of the year that most men look forward to, and I’m not talking about Super Bowl Sunday! I'm talking about the infamous Victoria's Secret runway show that plays around the world with some of the most gorgeous, new and seasoned models in the fashion industry. The modeling game has changed with some of the most exotic women gracing magazine covers from parts of the world we would never expect or have never heard of.
A long time ago, the first set of supermodels started out with Cindy Crawford, Tyra Banks, Heidi Klum, Naomi Campbell and Kate Moss (just to name a few). There has been some controversy with some men questioning the appearance of modern day models in comparison to some of the first supermodels.
But the truth is every 5 to 10 years fashion changes. So why can’t the face of beauty change right along with it? Below we have some of the most beautiful models in the industry. Ranging from the woman who won People's sexiest woman back in 2014, to models that are clearly the future of the industry.
For the ladies that are reading this article, all men have a favorite model, and men, most of us are completely fine with this. Some men will even go as far as having “a type” and being romantically involved with women that look like their favorite runway celebs. Have you ever seen such an attractive person that you almost lost your breath? Well, get ready to be entertained with a list of women your boyfriend either has his eye on or has included on his own personal top 15 list. Just try not to get too jealous!
15 Lily Aldridge
Out of all the models, Lily’s personal life seems to be one of the most interesting. Her mother is the Playmate of the month Laura Lyons and her half-sister Saffron Aldridge was a consistent model for Ralph Lauren in the 1990s. Lily has had a wide range of modeling jobs that includes being the face of the skincare company Proactive in 2014, modeling for the urban fashion line that was once owned by Jay-Z, Rocawear, and working with Tommy Hilfiger, and Coach. When it comes to the world of music, Lily was one of the models that cameoed in Taylor Swift’s music video "Bad Blood" as an assassin called Frostbyte.
14 Imaan Hammam
Imaan has been working her butt off around the world and is culturally ambiguous with a Brazilian, East African and Caribbean look. Despite this, you may be surprised to learn that she is actually from Amsterdam. Imaan is half Moroccan and half Egyptian and can also speak 3 different languages. If you haven’t already seen her on billboards or campaigns for H&M, you might have seen her on the cover of Teen Vogue. Imaan was the third black model to make it on the cover of Vogue magazine, so you better believe she is an inspiration to many. While there is not much information to be found about her personal life in articles, although YouTube is flooded with her modeling work.
13 Lakshmi Menon
Lakshmi is one of those models that just had it made for international success. She was discovered in an Indian magazine by Jean Paul Gaultier in 2006 and was asked to walk in his Chanel show in Paris. What a nice way to step out of your country and into high fashion. Lakshmi also added Givenchy, Bloomingdales, Nordstrom, H&M and J Crew to her modeling resume. An Indian photographer, Prabuddha Dasgupta, said that “She’s dusky, flawless and the true face of beauty." She’s worked with Jean Paul Gaultier, Hermes, and Chanel. It is easy to see why many people are considering her to be the face of the future.
12 Taylor Hill
With Forever 21 being so popular these days, many of us walk into the store and won’t ever recognize who the models are in the store displays, we just know they're gorgeous! Taylor has been in Forever 21 campaigns and was voted “2015’s most promising model” by Couturesque’s readers. Like many of the ladies on this list, she stepped up her fame and is a Victoria's Secret Angel. Although her career is fairly new, she is pretty laid back and isn’t afraid to add real life images of her lifestyle on Instagram. Taylor was recently caught by the Paparazzi the other day with other VS Angles Jasmine Tookes and Romee Strijd on a shopping spree.
11 Chrissy Teigen
Chrissy Teigen has lived her life constantly challenging what fashion says a model is and is not supposed to do. Whether she has something controversial to say on Twitter, is taking photos of fatty foods on Instagram or wearing a sexy outfit on a date with her husband right after giving birth, this woman isn’t afraid to be herself. Chrissy has also appeared on America’s Next Top Model and was the host of Model Employee on VH1. Nowadays, we find this Pacific Islander model dancing it up on Spike TV’s Lip Sync Battle co-starring LL Cool J.
10 Fatima Siad
Reality television has been a tremendous platform for regular people to become famous, and it definitely helps if they're beautiful! Fatima Siad made it to 3rd place on Tyra Banks successful show America’s Next Top Model, Cycle 10.
She is half Ethiopian and Somalian and is more down to earth than she appears. She loves doing Yoga and Palates and is addicted to Instagram. Her face has appeared in Vogue Elle, Cosmopolitan and in Coca-Cola advertisements. When she is not walking on the runway, Fatima loves traveling and posting her travel moments on social media.
9 Ana Beatriz Barros
Do you remember that time when the wave of Brazilian models was popular? Even though it has died down a bit, there is one model from that beautiful country that needed to be included on this list. Ana Beatriz Barros is of Italian, Portuguese and Spanish descent and moved to Rio de Janeiro with her family when she was a child. Questioning just how attractive she is? Jennifer Lopez decided to add her as the new face of JLO Lingerie! Let’s not forget her print work with Dolce & Gabbana, Gucci, DKNY and Versace. There is nothing normal about Ana and just by looking at her Instagram, you can tell she is living the model lifestyle.
8 Kate Upton
We might as well call her the new Kate Moss. Kate Upton is everywhere; red carpet events, in commercials, acting in movies and making that top model money from print advertisement campaigns. Originally from the city of Melbourne in Florida, Kate’s father is the former Texas state tennis champion Jeff Upton and her great-grandfather just so happens to be the co-founder of the appliance manufacturer Whirlpool. People Magazine named her 2014’s “Sexiest Woman” which is the first time this title was awarded to anyone. Can you guess which campaign made her most notable in the last 2 years? The $40 million mobile app campaign for Game of War: Fire Age. Though don’t feel too bad that she didn't return your calls and texts, she recently became engaged after dating Detroit Tigers baseball player Justin Verlander for 5 years.
7 Emily Ratajkowski
Do you remember Robin Thicke’s infamous R&B song "Blurred Lines"? Then, you will remember Emily Ratajkowski’s face. Her career saw a breakthrough also in part due to her appearance in a Buick Super Bowl commercial during Super Bowl 50. Emily also did a good job co-starring in the movie Entourage, despite the fact she actually had to hide her British accent. She has been dating musician Jeff Magid for the past 2 years. Unfortunately, Emily had her privacy violated with the iCloud scandal back in 2015 which saw nude photos of herself leaked onto the internet. You can imagine this caused quite the stir, especially when you consider that Emily was named Vogue Italia’s Best Dressed in 2015.
6 Jasmine Tookes
Jasmine has 10 years of gymnast experience, so you better believe she's flexible. On top of that, she's been modeling since she was 15, so she's recognizable as well. It also helps that her mother is a celebrity fashion stylist! Jasmine admitted to being inspired by Tyra Banks as a child.
Jasmine is half Caribbean and half Caucasian and although her first jobs were not in high fashion, she showed designers that she can look normal in Gap and Ugg boot campaigns.
She even has A-list fans! Oprah Winfrey saw Tookes on the catwalk in 2011 at a Ralph Lauren event and requested for Tookes to "Rub your face against mine." Maybe Oprah’s "Midas touch" has had a role in her success.
5 Kelly Gale
Kelly first became recognized after being a part of the Victoria's Secret’s fashion show. Enrique Iglesias also had an interest for her, and cast her in his music video for the song "Duele el Corazon". Kelly is surprisingly half Indian and half Australian and was discovered in a coffee shop when she was 13 years old in Gothenburg, Sweden. At first, her parents were not happy about her desire to become a model but eventually changed their minds. Kelly experienced a lot of hate from jealous classmates to the point where she had to switch schools. Kelly proudly eats a healthy diet and exercises 2 to 3 hours a day which includes boxing and power walking.
4 Ashley Graham
If you haven’t heard of her yet, you will see her face more this year. Her name is Ashley Graham and she is the most popular and talked about curvy model in the world. It only takes one look at her to make it clear why she is taking the fashion industry by storm.
More recently Ashley was caught in Los Angeles out on the town with Moroccan American rapper French Montana and is the star video vixen in Nick Jonas’ music video for "Tooth Brush". Some of Nick’s fans were not happy with this and took to social media with unfortunate comments about the curvy appearance of his choice in video vixen.
Ashley is the first plus-size model to make it on the cover of Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue. Go Ashley go!
3 Liu Wen
Can you believe that Liu Wen is the first East Asian model to walk the runway at the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show? If that didn’t surprise you, she is also the first Estée Lauder spokesmodel of East Asian descent and the first from Asia to ever make Forbes magazine’s list of highest-paid models. Wow, what has this woman not accomplished?
You may have also seen her in H&M print campaigns and working with some of her other model friends such as Joan Smalls and Lindy Wixon. She considers her mother to be her biggest icon and is working towards becoming a stylist with the hopes to one day become a fashion designer. When Liu is not working in America, she also gets a chance to go back home and model for Chinese fashion designers.
2 Gigi Hadid
The list would not be complete without the blonde bombshell Gigi Hadid. Most of us have seen her hanging out with Kendall and Kylie Jenner, with her sister Bella and her rap star boyfriend The Weeknd and most importantly Gigi's boyfriend Zayn Malik. She is half Dutch and half Palestinian, born in the sunny city of Los Angeles. Early in 2015, Gigi was named the Maybelline brand ambassador and even ended up in a few music videos for singers that include Miguel, Taylor Swift’s ex-boyfriend Calvin Harris and more recently in Zayn’s video for "Pillow Talk". She was trained as a model by Naomi Campbell, so you better believe she has the information needed to succeed on the runway. Though you may find it fun to know that Gigi has admitted her sister Bella steals her clothes when she comes to visit her! I guess some sisterly habits really never do go away.
1 Maria Borges
Guess who is fashion designer Ricardo Tisci’s favorite model? You guessed it, Maria Borges. Maria is from Luanda in Angola, Africa and was named Forbes Africa Magazine’s top model three years ago. Maria is like a chameleon because when she wears her hair short and long, she looks like an entirely different person. Fashion designers such as Balmain, Marc Jacobs, Moschino and Oscar De La Renta have requested for her to walk in their shows and for three years in a row (starting in 2013), Maria walked the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show. She is a light-hearted girl that was also not afraid to show off her hula-hooping skills on Vogue's YouTube page. You should check it out!
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