Men around the world owe a huge "thank you" to Roy Raymond and his wife Gaye for the multitude of models who have graced our television and computer screen for decades. Raymond invested in $80,000 in 1977 in a store where men could buy lingerie for their women without the embarrassment.
Following his success in introducing the chain to malls across the United States in the 80s and 90s, Victoria's Secret became the Victoria's Secret we know today in 1995 - the year they began what has become an annual fashion show. Broadcast on national television, the brand featured some of the most beautiful women on the planet.
You had the elegance and beauty of women like Helene Christensen and Stephanie Seymour to the recent household names like Alessandra Ambrosio and Candice Swanepoel. Modeling for Victoria's Secret not only put their name - or face - on the map, but it eventually led to their supermodel status after they were named Angels.
In the Spring of 2015, Victoria's Secret announced their latest lineup of Angels. The following women, which hail from countries as far as Russia to as close as the United States, are primed for a breakout in 2016 and supermodel status. Here are 10 Hot Victoria's Secret Models Ready To Break Out In 2016.
10 Elsa Hosk - The Swede Sensation
Born in Sweden, Elsa Hosk grew up quite the athletic child which led to a brief professional basketball career in Europe. It was brief because she wanted to pursue her modeling career in the United States. The Swedish beauty began working for Victoria’s Secret in 2011, participating in the brand’s annual fashion show in 2011, 2012, 2013, and 2014. Earlier this year, she was named as one of the newest Angels. With her stunning appearance – she was ranked as the 15th sexiest models by models.com - it’s shame she wasn’t named sooner.
9 Lais Ribeiro - Beach Bod Beauty
This list wouldn’t be complete without including a sexy Brazilian. Lais Riberio, born Oct. 5, 1990, is just what Victoria’s Secret needs. She’s got the kind of flare that will light up the runway. She’s only been in the industry since 2009, yet has appeared for major brands like Chanel, Versace, Louis Vuitton and Marc Jacobs.
8 Martha Hunt - The Girl Next Door
Hunt is an American who was born to model. The latest Victoria’s Secret Angel was discovered by a photographer in North Carolina before being introduced to agencies in the Big Apple. In 2007, she appeared for her first runway show during Paris Fashion Week. Two years later, the relatively new model appeared on the cover of Vogue China and Harper’s Bazaar. Not too shabby for the American.
7 Romee Strijd - Dutch Deluxe
6 Sara Sampaio - The Pretty Portuguese
Born in Portugal, Sara Sampaio began her career in modeling shortly after winning the Cabelos Pantene contest in 2007. The win gave her a name, allowing her to feature in prominent TV ads like Axe’s body spray commercials in the U.S . In 2013, the Portugal-native was featured on the cover of the Portuguese GQ magazine.
5 Jasmine Tookes - The American Beauty
Another athletic person makes this list. Born in Huntington Beach, California, Jasmine Tookes was destined to become a model because of her uncanny beautiful. Her modeling career began at the young age of 15, appearing in campaigns for Ugg Boots and Gap.
4 Stella Maxwell - The International Girl
Stella Maxwell has an interesting history. Born to Northern Irish parents in Belgium, she attended school in the country until she moved to Canberra, Australia when she was just 13 years old. She was discovered while studying at the University of Otago.
3 Taylor Hill - The Young Talent
Hill was a gymnast before becoming a model at the age of 14. She was discovered by a modeling agent. The Colorado-native would end up in print campaigns for Forever 21 before she modeled for H&M in 2014. That year, she also walked in Victoria’s Secret annual fashion show. Not too shabby for a newcomer.
2 Jac Jagaciak - Eyes That Kill
Okay, so her real name is Monika Jagaciak, but she goes by the name of Jac. In 2007 she began her modeling career thanks to her sister’s encouragement. She was discovered at a GAGA Models Agency open casting call in a Polish shopping centre. Jac eventually signed with IMG before quickly appearing on the cover of Jalouse. At only 13 years of age, she landed a gig for Hermes.
1 Kate Grigorieva - A Supermodel In The Making
Number 1 on our list is the very beautiful Kate Grigorieva of Russia. Though her modeling career got off to a rocky start as she failed to make an impact during the Miss Russia 2010 pageant, she featured in the fourth ever Russia’s Next Top Model show where she was the runner up. It was that performance which led to her signing with a modeling agency in New York.
The new Angel is described by Vogue as "highest-fashion" girl of the lineup. The model has the most potential in becoming a bonafide supermodel who could very well follow in the steps of countrywomen Irina Shayk.
Sources: www.refinery29.com; Vogue.com; Wikipedia.org
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