Where can you find the most attractive models in bikini's on earth? The two safest bets are the swimsuit edition of Sports Illustrated magazine and the swim catalogue of Victoria’s Secret. Some models are so hot that they actually appear in both publications. So among the current and recent women, who are considered the best? Here are the 10 sexiest swimsuit models in the world.
10 Rosie Huntington-Whiteley
Rosie Huntington-Whiteley is a model and actress from England. She first became a Victoria’s Secret model in 2006. In 2009, Elle Magazine declared her as the “Model of the Year”. She then became a Victoria’s Secret Angel in 2009. After appearing nude for the 2010 Pirelli calendar, she was featured on the cover of Vogue UK. She was also voted as the hottest woman by Maxim and as the sexiest by FHM Magazine in 2011.
9 Erin Heatherton
Erin Heatherton is a model from Skokie in Illinois. She was discovered while she was on vacation in Miami. She then modeled for Diane von Furstenberg, Oscar de la Renta and Tommy Hilfiger. She was then featured on the website of Victoria’s Secret and later on became an Angel for the lingerie brand. She was the featured model in the 2010 Swim catalogue. She was also the lead angel in the “Body by Victoria” campaign.
8 Alessandra Ambrosio
Alessandra Ambrosio is a model from Brazil with Italian and Polish ancestries. She has modeled for brands like Ralph Lauren, Armani Exchange and Christian Dior. She actually has her own line of swimwear under Rosa Cha. In 2004, she became the spokesmodel for the Pink line of Victoria’s Secret. In 2008, she took part in the lingerie brand’s annual fashion show even though she had given birth only three months previously.
7 Bar Refaeli
Bar Refaeli is a model from Israel who first appeared in the swimsuit edition of Sports Illustrated magazine in 2007 when she posed with the rock band Aerosmith. Two years later, Refaeli got the coveted cover spot of the magazine’s swimsuit issue. She is considered as one of the sexiest women in the world and was voted to the top spot of Maxim magazine’s annual list of hottest women on the planet in 2012.
6 Irina Shayk
Irina Shayk is a Russian model who appeared on the swimsuit edition of Sports Illustrated magazine from 2007 to 2013. She was the featured model on the cover in the issue’s 2011 edition. While she has forayed into the world of high fashion through appearances in Harper’s Bazaar and Elle, she has remained a swimsuit model, becoming the face of the 2011 campaign of Luli Fama. She has appeared on the covers of various fashion publications around Europe, including Esquire, Marie Claire, GQ, Glamour and Cosmopolitan. She is currently dating Portuguese football superstar Cristiano Ronaldo.
5 Anna Vyalitsyna
Anne Vyalitsyna is a Russian model who has appeared in both the runway of Victoria’s Secret and the pages of the swimsuit edition of Sports Illustrated magazine. She has been part of the magazine’s swimsuit issue since 2005. In 2008, she made her debut in Victoria’s Secret annual fashion show. She made a huge impact after kissing her then-boyfriend, Adam Levine of the band Maroon 5, while on the ramp. Also known as Anne V., she has also modeled for brands and fashion houses like Chloe, Dolce and Gabbna, Givency, Louis Vuitton, Miu Miu, Prada and Roberto Cavalli..
4 Brooklyn Decker
Brooklyn Decker is a model who got into the swimsuit edition of Sports Illustrated magazine after auditioning in 2005. She made her first appearance in the magazine in 2006 and got the coveted cover spot in 2010. That same year, she also helped model Victoria’s Secret swimsuit collection. Decker has also crossed over to show business with guest appearances in television shows like Chuck, Ugly Betty and Royal Pains. She also appeared in movies like Just Go With It, Battleship and What to Expect When You’re Expecting. She is now married to former tennis superstar Andy Roddick.
3 Miranda Kerr
Miranda Kerr is a model who became the first Australian to be offered a contract with Victoria’s Secret. She succeeded Gisele Bundchen as the new angel of the lingerie brand. She also became the successor to Alessandra Ambrosio as the face of the Pink line of Victoria’s Secret. She has also modeled for swimwear brands like Billabong, Tigerlily, Roxy and One Teaspoon. In 2010, she became one of the featured models of Pirelli’s calendar. She has also modeled for Chanel, Christian Dior, Lanvin, Loewe, John Galliano, Stella McCartney and Viktor & Rolf. She has since ended her contract with Victoria’s Secret, though she is now the featured model of the Mango chain. Kerr is married to actor Orlando Bloom.
2 Kate Upton
Kate Upton is an American model who made a big splash in her first appearance for the swimsuit edition of Sports Illustrated magazine in 2011. She was adjudged as the Rookie of the Year and by the following, she was already the featured model on the cover. She then appeared on a second consecutive cover in 2013. Upton has been featured in various international editions of magazines like Vogue, Elle, GQ, Esquire and Muse. She has also appeared in movies like Tower Heist, The Three Stooges and The Other Woman.
1 Candice Swanepoel
Candice Swanepoel is a model from South Africa widely known for her association with Victoria’s Secret. She is considered as one of the highest earning models in the world, coming in 10th in Forbes Magazine’s annual listing in 2010. She has modeled for the swimsuit line of the Kardashians and has appeared on the cover of the Swim catalogue of Victoria’s Secret. She has been featured on the cover of various international editions of magazines like Vogue, Elle, GQ, Harper’s Bazaar, Lush and Ocean Drive. She has also appeared on the runway for designers like Fendi, Chanel, Givenchy, Donna Karan, Tommy Hilfiger and Stella McCartney.
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