Models. Whether you love them or hate them, you must admit that they are extremely attractive and in shape. This is especially true if they are Victoria’s Secret models, as they are literally some of the most beautiful women in the world.
On top of being physically beautiful, the Victoria’s Secret company even does checks to make sure that their models are engaged in healthy behaviours and have a healthy mindset. That being said, these women still have to train an outrageous amount and eat clean almost 100% of the time. But it pays off because, honestly, just look at them! We are going to spotlight 20 supermodels on our list of 20 Insane “Where Are They Now” Stories About Retired Victoria’s Secret Models.
These models were once braving the Victoria’s Secret catwalks and runways wearing the tiniest pieces of lingerie known to womankind. Now, some of them are still modeling, while others have retired from modeling completely, or are acting, singing, or working in business. While these ladies may no longer be Victoria’s Secret models, that hardly makes them any less successful. So let us take a closer look and see what happened to some of the most gorgeous Angels and supermodels of the iconic lingerie brand.
You won’t be disappointed, because we have included models of varying ages, supermodel eras, and ethnicities. We have black, white, European, Caribbean, mixed races...women in their 20s and through to their 40s. We love that Victoria’s Secret is becoming more diverse, so why not do a list that reflects that. Enjoy!
20 Karen Mulder
Model Karen Mulder was one of the first women to grace the catalogs and runways for the Victoria’s Secret lingerie brand. Although Karen retired from modeling in 2000, she continued to work in related fields. She pursued a career in acting and music, although they weren’t as impactful on her life. Then she fell into a deep depression and psychosis. These were largely motivated by the fact that people rejected the allegations that she was raped. Mulder over-dosed on sleeping pills one night, resulting in a brief coma, but she was able to recover. A few years later, she appeared as a special guest at a runway show, but she has mostly been under the radar. Here is hoping she is able to stay mentally healthy, because she has the power and platform to help those around her.
19 Helena Christensen
The former Victoria’s Secret Angel is now 47 years old, but she is still so beautiful. Her modeling career was white hot, so it makes sense that she even does some modeling work to this day. Her magazine appearances are through the roof, and she has also worked with several iconic brands. In 1999, she was part of the original crew for Nylon magazine, where she served as the Creative Director. She is now an accomplished photographer, and her photos have been featured in Nylon, as well as Marie Claire and other publications. She even started a breast cancer charity, which also includes a clothing line.
18 Tyra Banks
One of the most successful black models in the United States, Tyra Banks was part of the original cast of Victoria’s Secret models. She started modeling when she was just 15 years old, and she has appeared on Sports Illustrated, GQ, and many others. She then hosted her hit model-competition show, America’s Next Top Model, as well as a talk show. She was also very outspoken about body image, weight, and social stigmas in the modeling industry. The 42-year-old became a mother in early 2016 through a surrogate. She has left her reality show, America’s Next Top Model behind, and spends her time focusing on her new family.
17 Heidi Klum
This German delight has become a household name for her killer figure, iconic accent, and her many business ventures. Heidi Klum was a Victoria’s Secret Angel, and then went on to acting, producing, and making bank. Her hit television series, Project Runway, became a huge success and helped to catapult the careers of fashion designers and models. Heidi even does her own designing and serves as a judge on the show America’s Got Talent. She got divorced from Seal a few years ago (the couple had four children together) but it is clear that she is keeping busy. She now spends her time on the talent show, making cameo appearances, and doing various charity work.
16 Veronica Webb
51-year-old Veronica Webb graced the runways wearing Victoria’s Secret lingerie, but has also worked in acting, writing, and television presenting. The former supermodel is still looking hot and became a spokeswoman for Revlon cosmetics. She has appeared in countless TV shows and has walked in various runway shows for many brands and designers. She has also written essays for famous publications! Veronica is now dedicated to her humanitarian work for the Eucerin Skin First Council. She also donates to help the fight against AIDS. She loves doing charity work nowadays, although her other passion is working with design and textiles.
15 Stephanie Seymour
Many people remember Stephanie Seymour as the super-hot model who strutted around in Victoria’s Secret lingerie. Well, the 47-year-old has also dabbled in acting and writing (she penned Stephanie Seymour’s Beauty Secrets for Dummies). Yet we mostly recall Seymour from her spreads on publications like Sports Illustrated and Vogue. Unfortunately, things took a downward turn, and Seymour experienced some failed and tumultuous relationships. In early 2016, she was spotted entering herself into rehab after a DUI incident. That being said, it was her first DUI, and many people were shocked because she lives a pretty low-key life now. Wish her luck!
14 Naomi Campbell
Even if you know nothing about the modeling industry, you probably know the name Naomi Campbell. That is because she was one of the hottest supermodels of the 1990s. Like Tyra Banks, she got started as a model at the tender age of 15. She continued to be a force into the new millennium, and has since gone into acting and singing as well. She shot to international stardom and was considered one of the top models in the fashion world. Then she got involved in scandals related to her catty behavior, violent outbursts, and even theft! She also struggled with a cocaine addiction, but is now focused on charity work.
13 Laetitia Casta
You may not have heard much about French model Laetitia Casta, but she was one of the Victoria’s Secret Angels from 1998 to 2000. She also appeared on publications and on other designer runways. She was even an iconic “Guess? Girl” in the 1990s. Her French beauty became a hit with fragrance and clothing brands, such as Chanel and Ralph Lauren. Laetitia then transitioned into acting, and was even a judge at the 2012 Venice International Film Festival. In recent years she has settled down, spending her time caring for her young child while and in a happy relationship with a French actor. She is still involved in the community, donating her time to various political events and charity functions.
12 Bridget Hall
Texas native Bridget Hall may not be widely recognized these days, but the 38-year-old model was hot on the catwalk during her heyday. It may not have been easy to stand out, especially when she modeled and strutted along with the greats like Cindy Crawford. Bridget was whisked into the world of modeling at the age of 17 and was named one of the top ten models when she in her teens. She has appeared on countless magazine covers and pages, such as Harper’s Bazaar and Vogue. She even did body painting! And in 2013, at the age of 35, she made a comeback as the new face of Prabal Gurung and Rag & Bone.
11 Eva Herzigova
Make sure you don't forget about 43-year-old Eva Herzigova, because she is still very beautiful. She was a Victoria’s Secret model as well as a beauty pageant winner in Prague back when she was in her teens. Some fashion brands that often featured her include H&M, Guess? And Wonderbra. She was also the gorgeous Venus at the 2006 Olympic Games opening ceremony in Turin, Italy. In recent years, Eva’s life has been less extravagant, but still nice. She is a mother and is now in a romantic relationship with Gregorio Marsiaj. She had a slight scandal in 2003 over a breach of contract, but she has transitioned nicely into film. Her latest project was the 2014 film, Storyteller.
10 Daniela Pestova
Another stunning Czech model is 43-year-old Daniela Pestova, who was a regular model for Victoria’s Secret and L’Oreal. She was also widely featured on various magazines, such as Marie Claire, Elle, and GQ. She participated in Joanne Gair’s high-profile bodypainting project, too. While her life is much more low-key now, she still does some modeling work while she takes care of her family. So her life is pretty boring in comparison, but that’s better than tragic. While we don’t see her as often anymore, we can always look back to the archives of when she appeared in the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Edition nine times.
9 Ines Rivero
Now a 40-year-old hottie, Ines Rivero got her start in modeling when she was 14 years old. Thanks to the exposure she received as a Victoria’s Secret Angel, she rose through the modeling ranks to become a recognizable success. She also worked in television a bit by starring on reality show Model Latina South Beach. Besides that, she released an album called Hasta Siempre and she had a cameo appearance in The Devil Wears Prada. Nowadays, Ines lives in Miami with her family. Rivero is one of the former models who have spoken out about the industry, body image, and women’s health.
8 Gisele Bundchen
35-year-old Brazilian supermodel Gisele Bundchen is perhaps one of the most famous models in the modern fashion industry. She helped to change the trend of the stick-thin model (even though she is super-petite). Gisele’s fitness and nutrition patterns have been the source of subject interviews and publications about her. She continues to model, but also acts and works in business and music. She is one of the famous faces of Chanel No. 5 and Under Armour. She is married to Tom Brady and has a family of her own. And, she is also a Goodwill Ambassador for the United Nations.
7 Karolina Kurkova
6 Selita Ebanks
Selita Ebanks is from the Cayman Islands and she lent some much-needed diversity to the Victoria’s Secret runway. She was with the company from 2005 to 2009. Selita was a favorite for brands such as Ralph Lauren and Neiman Marcus. As well as this, the model has appeared on numerous magazine covers, included the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Edition. She was also the ex-fiancee of Nick Cannon! Selita has spent the past few years making random television appearances, such as her stint on Celebrity Apprentice and South Beach. She also dabbled in music and appeared in videos for The-Dream and Kanye West.
5 Jessica Stam
Jessica Stam is still in her 20s (well, she is 29) and she has become one of Forbes' 15 Top-Earning Models. The Canadian model has been working her stuff since 2002, appearing on runways, in publications, advertisements, and even in film. She was named the face of brands such as CoverGirl and Nina Ricci, and became an “Industry Icon” according to Models.com. She continues to model and is now working as an ambassador for a Korean makeup brand. They launched a new line of products in 2015. It looks as though her career is still going and we can expect even more from her!
4 Marisa Miller
Marisa Miller is a 37-year-old California native and is predominantly recognized as a Victoria’s Secret Angel and a regular covergirl for the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Edition. The sexy siren smashed records and broke barriers for models, and partnered up with the NFL and Harley-Davidson in some high-profile business contracts. She is also a humanitarian and serves as an ambassador for the USO and American Cancer Society. In 2013, she delved into film for the first time. Even today, she is still ranking on lists of top models according to established companies like FHM. In more recent times, Marisa can be found supporting charities.
3 Chanel Iman
We are including Chanel Iman here because she is super fine, a Victoria’s Secret wunderkind, and we can’t wait to see where else she goes. As far as her modeling goes, she is mostly known for being a Victoria’s Secret Angel, but she has also worked with other fashion designers and photographers. She started acting in TV and film, as well as activism for various causes. She seems to have an affinity for celeb boyfriends, and dated rapper ASAP Rocky for a year and half. Now she is in a romantic relationship with NBA player Jordan Clarkson. Her half-Korean, half-black culture is utterly unique and makes her one of the most intriguing models out there.
2 Lily Donaldson
Another model that we have our eye on is Lily Donaldson. The 29-year-old Victoria’s Secret model is a Brit who was discovered when she was a young teenager. She has worked internationally in North America, Europe, Australia, and Asia. During the 2012 Summer Olympic Games in London, Lily was one of the high-fashion models who showed off British designs. She recently celebrated 100 years of British Vogue with other top models. Right now she is staying in the UK and is being favored by many in the modeling industry. It is easy to see why so many insiders are eager to work with her and see where her career goes. Thanks, Victoria’s Secret!
1 Joan Smalls
Finally, a Puerto-Rican model on the Victoria’s Secret runway! Joan Smalls is a 27-year-old superstar that we can’t wait to see more of. Her look is gorgeous, and others are noticing. In 2014, she was involved in Elle magazine’s “Return of the Supermodel” cover. Estee Lauder signed her on as a spokeswoman, and MTV signed her and Karlie Kloss on for the TV series House of Style. She is often prancing around with other models, new and seasoned (Karlie, Cindy Crawford). Even Beyonce included Joan in one of her music videos! Expect to see much more of this hot Boriqua!