A tank top (or more likely, a ton of them) is a staple in any girl's closet. They are good for so many things- sleeping, lounging, doing errands, doing anything. Celebrities and regular people alike wear tank tops all the time. Those celebrities include even the most elite of fashion models, whose job it is to model and advertise the world's newest trends and designs. But even they love a good old comfortable tank top, and are often spotted out and about wearing them.
The term "tank top" embodies many different variations of the standard spaghetti-strap top, including but not limited to mesh, racer back, halter, tube, cut-out, slouchy, tight, printed, cropped, or your basic white tank top. Really, the styles are limitless, and the great thing about tank tops is that they go with anything- pants, shorts, skirts, pajama pants, under a work shirt or jacket, etc. You get my point.
Usually when wearing a tank top, a woman is dressing more casually than normal, and that goes for those glamorous models who wear them, as well. But somehow, those same models who look like the hottest versions of the female species on the runway, also manage to sizzle wearing the plainest tank top you could find. The lucky biatches could probably walk around wearing nothing but a tank top and still look better than most of us on our best day. The following 18 famous beautiful models are no exception.
18 Bar Refaeli
Bar Refaeli is considered to be one of the most internationally successful models from Israel. She was voted #1 on Maxim’s Hot 100 list of 2012, and has been the host of The X Factor Israel since 2013. She is a 31-year-old model, television host, actress, and businesswoman who dated Leonardo DiCaprio on and off for six years before splitting once and for all in 2011. The Israeli beauty is now married to businessman Adi Ezra and the two welcomed a baby girl named Liv in September of this year. True to her Sports Illustrated, supermodel-nature, just three weeks after giving birth in Tel-Aviv, Bar was posting poolside bikini selfies and looking hot as ever. She obviously stuns whether wearing a bikini, a tank top, or anything else. Pregnant or hardly post-partum, Bar always looks gorgeous.
17 Adriana Lima
It is a good thing that Adriana Lima loves wearing tank tops, because she looks amazing in them. The exotically beautiful Victoria’s Secret model is the second highest-paid Brazilian model, only after Gisele Bundchen. She is native Brazilian, African-Brazilian, Portuguese, Swiss, Japanese, and Caribbean, although she considers herself Afro-Brazilian above anything else. Whatever she is, her skin has a beautiful glow that looks especially good next to the pure white of her tank top in this photo. Adriana is 35, and rumored to be dating 41-year-old television personality Ryan Seacrest, as the pair has been spotted out together several times in New York City. The supermodel who walked her first Victoria’s Secret runway in 1999 has since gained her Angel wings and on December 5 walked her 17th show for the brand in the 2016 Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show, doing what she does best: modeling lingerie. Lingerie is no tank top, but she, of course, looks stunning in either.
16 Behati Prinsloo
Adam Levine’s hot wife Behati Prinsloo hails from the African country of Namibia, and since 2009 has been a Victoria’s Secret Angel. Like Bar Refaeli, she also just gave birth in September to her first child, also a daughter, named Dusty Rose. Understandably, the 27-year-old did not walk in the December 5 Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show in Paris. She has walked every year since 2007, but was not too upset about missing it. She posted on Instagram, “Love you all, have fun in Paris and see you next year!” She also wished them luck and said she and Dusty Rose would be watching. This woman who is married to the snarky Adam Levine (and who constantly puts up with divorce rumors), seems pretty laid back, so it is fitting that she loves to wear tank tops.
15 Miranda Kerr
Aussie model Miranda Kerr has consistently ranked on Forbes' list of highest-earning models, having begun her career at just 13 years old in Sydney. Like Behati Prinsloo, Miranda also became a Victoria’s Secret Angel in 2007, and also like Behati, she loves tank tops and looks great wearing them. She used to be married to Orlando Bloom, with whom she had one child, a son named Flynn, but recently she announced her engagement to Snapchat co-founder and CEO, Evan Spiegel. Most recently, as in less than two months ago, Miranda was in the headlines because a homeless man jumped the fence of her Malibu home, and attacked the guard with a knife before being shot four times. Luckily, she was not home for the incident.
14 Candice Swanepoel
South African supermodel Candice Swanepoel is yet another Victoria’s Secret Angel who sizzles in tank tops, and yet another one who just gave birth and thus missed the Fashion Show in Paris. In October, Candice and her fiancé, Hermann Nicoli, welcomed their son Anaca into the world. There must be something in the water over there at the Victoria’s Secret headquarters… or wherever it is that they do their thing. Whatever the case is with all these VS models having babies at the same time, they are sure lucky that they all look amazing in one of the comfiest, most casual outfits around: the tank top. Being home with a new baby and likely tired a lot, not to mention trying to lose their baby belly, the tank top is the perfect choice.
13 Gisele Bundchen
Gisele Bundchen is not only the highest-paid Brazilian model, but she is among the highest-paid models in the entire world. It is easy to see why, even in something as casual as a tank top (which she looks so hot in, by the way). The 36-year-old mother of two and wife to New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady actually looks great in anything, of course, but that comes with the territory. She, like her Victoria’s Secret sister Bar Refaeli, dated Leonardo DiCaprio once upon a time (but then again, what model hasn’t?) and in 2004, she and Leo were chosen by People Magazine as the “Most Beautiful Couple in the World.” It is not difficult to picture, and I am sure the two of them would have made stunning babies. It is hard to believe that at 17, she was rejected by an astonishing 42 agents!
12 Bella Hadid
Isabella Khair Hadid has followed in the footsteps of her older sister, Gigi Hadid, debuting on the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show catwalk in Paris on December 5. She and Gigi both vied for title of “International Model of the Year 2016” on Monday night, but the older sister took the win. Gigi and Bella were the first siblings ever to walk this show, which is arguably one of the biggest fashion shows on the planet. At 20 years old, Bella looks smoking hot whether she is modeling the sexiest lingerie for the world to see, or chilling at home in sweats and a tank top (or in the above case, out and about somewhere in a tank top). She was signed to IMG Models in 2014, and this year was named “Model of the Year” by GQ. Further stepping out from her sister’s shadow, also this year, Bella was ranked one of the top 50 models by models.com. All that is pretty impressive for a young woman of barely 20 (her birthday was in October).
11 Gigi Hadid
Like sister, like sister. And both these sisters love wearing tank tops. They obviously share a love for many things including modeling and their shared group of famous friends. Just one year older than Bella, Gigi (who was born Jelena Noura Hadid) is 21, and the consensus seems to be that she deserved her big win at the show in Paris because for Gigi, 2016 was filled with countless ad campaigns, interviews, music videos, television appearances, and modeling gigs (plus, she knows how to rock a tank top like no other). Basically, she has worked her tiny little butt off, and it has paid off. But she narrowly avoided disaster on the catwalk this year when her wardrobe malfunctioned. Wearing a black bodysuit made up of criss-crossing straps and large feather wings, some of her straps unsnapped while she was walking and the bodysuit could have easily come right off! Luckily, Gigi is a pro and just kept walking, and all was well.
10 Charlotte McKinney
One of the only Americans on this list, actress and model Charlotte McKinney, 23, is from Orlando, Florida, and you can’t get much more American than the land of Disney World. But this buxom blonde does not have the typical attitude of most models. She says of her body, “I’m embracing what I have. I’m a curvier bombshell with big boobs. I’m not high fashion. I don’t do runways. You won’t see me at Fashion Week.” Well, then. I guess she is practically opposite of all the women we’ve discussed thus far, isn’t she? Although she does plenty of very sexy shoots, she is often seen in public wearing fitted tank tops that show off what the good Lord gave her: her boobs. Sometimes, she even goes braless; the above photo is one of many where she leaves that pesky undergarment at home and roams free.
9 Rosie Huntington-Whiteley
British model and actress Rosie Huntington-Whiteley is equally known for being a Victoria’s Secret lingerie model and for being in movies like Mad Max: Fury Road and Transformers: Dark of the Moon. But she has done much more modeling than acting, appearing in five Victoria’s Secret Fashion Shows from 2006-2010, and becoming an Angel in 2009. Known for her dark blonde hair, full lips, blue eyes, and statuesque figure, this real-life Barbie doll is engaged to action star Jason Statham. Surprisingly, she used to get teased for those full lips we love so much, as kids would call her “Tit Lips”. Now, the 29-year-old has put them in her place, having been voted #1 on Maxim’s Hot 100 list in 2011, and ranking very highly on several other lists for beauty and style. Plus, she looks beautiful even wearing a tank top, which I’ll bet a lot of those snotty kids from her childhood cannot say.
8 Doutzen Kroes
There is just something unbelievably sexy about a simple white tank top. You would not think an item of clothing so bland and common would have that effect, but as they say, less is more. For Doutzen Kroes, that certainly rings true. Clearly, this photo of the Dutch Victoria’s Secret model was part of a shoot, but shoot or no shoot, she looks great in a tank top. Recently, she opened up in an interview with Vogue UK about her decision to leave VS last year. She said she wanted to move on and do different things, and now has been named the face of Mercedez-Benz. Well, modeling for cars is definitely different than modeling lingerie, so she already achieved her goal, I think. The woman who was once a self-proclaimed tomboy and grew into an international supermodel is now 31 and married to Dutch DJ Sunnery James, with whom she has two children.
7 Irina Shayk
Born Irina Valeryevna Shaykhislamova in what was then the USSR, the beautiful woman we know as just Irina Shayk looks very sweet and unassuming in the above photo. We know she can rock a runway in Victoria’s Secret lingerie, but it is nice to know that she is equally, if not more, attractive in something a little more down to earth like a tank top. She walked the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show in Paris just the other day, and surprised everyone backstage who did not know she was pregnant! The 30-year-old is expecting her first baby with her fiancé Bradley Cooper, whom she has been dating since 2015. Already in her second trimester, Irina carried on with life as usual and just covered up a little more than she normally would. Imagine that, a pregnant lingerie model on the catwalk at one of the world’s biggest fashion shows! Good for her. Her VS sisters Alessandra Ambrosio and Lily Aldridge did the exact same thing in 2011.
6 Daniela Braga
Brazil sure produces a lot of gorgeous high-fashion models, and the third Brazilian on our list is the beautiful Daniela Braga from Sao Paolo. She just walked in her third Victoria’s Secret Fashion show, which she calls a dream come true. Also happening this month for Daniela is her spread in the magazine L’Officiel Azerbaijan, in which she models eclectic fashion against a backdrop of an artist’s studio. Photographed by Francesco Vincenti for the magazine’s December 2016 issue, it is a very bright and colorful spread, where she models Prada, Patricia Bonaldi, Diane von Furstenburg, and more, looking very Bohemian. It is a good look for the pretty brunette, but so is a plain old white tank top, as we can plainly see in the above photo. Sometimes, a casual outfit like this (and you can’t get much simpler than her minimalistic top and jeans) is just as hot as a glamorous photoshoot.
5 Kendall Jenner
Over the years, we have seen Kendall Jenner, a member of the Kardashian Klan, wearing everything from little girl dresses when she was a kid in the early years of Keeping up with the Kardashians, to the most glamorous high-fashion on the runway, where she is quickly becoming one of the hottest models around. She walked the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show this year for the second time, and at just 21 years old, she has modeled for some of the biggest names in the fashion world, like Balmain, Givenchy, Fendi, Oscar de la Renta, and many more. She is even considered by some to be the most successful person in her family, which is impressive since her family is humongous; they are all rich and famous, and she is the second-youngest of them all. Also impressive is how great Kendall can manage to look in the tank tops she is often spotted in while out and about. Cute and comfy seems to be her style when not working, and she pulls the look off well.
4 Lily Aldridge
From 2009-2015, Lily Aldridge appeared in seven Victoria’s Secret Fashion Shows, and became an Angel in 2010. On December, 5, she walked in it once again, her eighth show. Last year was her big year at the show, though, as she was the one to wear the $2 million Fantasy Bra (this year it was worn by Jasmine Tookes). Lily is married to Kings of Leon front-man Caleb Followill, and they live in Nashville with their four-year-old daughter, Dixie Pearl. Little Dixie has had quite the busy month; she and her model mom also paid a visit to the White House recently, and the little girl seemed mesmerized in the Instagram photo her mom posted. Lily, who is 31, is known for her unique features like the gap in her teeth and her high cheekbones. She also happens to look really good in a tank top.
3 Elsa Hosk
The fun, frisky girl in this photo is Swedish model Elsa Hosk, who has modeled for Victoria’s Secret since 2011 and received her Angel wings just last year. Obviously, she is super-hot in this bright pink tank top, but she also looks super-hot in actual photo shoots where she has worn tank tops, too, albeit looking a little more serious than in this real-life pic. Elsa, who just turned 28 in November, was hosting the VS PINK Ultimate Spring Break Dance Party with fellow VS model Sara Sampaio when this photo was taken. The former pro-basketball player (in Sweden) opened the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show this year in a blue lace bra and matching panties, wearing a huge Chinese dragon across her back and thigh-high red and blue boots. What an outfit! It worked for her, though, as does the complete opposite of that: plain old tanks and flip flops.
2 Josephine Skriver
Danish model Josephine Skriver is no newbie to the world of fashion or modeling, but even so, the 23-year-old was nervous at the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show because it was her first show since gaining her Angel Wings. Josephine described the feeling as being the same as the first time she’d ever done a runway show. Her insane outfit consisted of 45,000 Swarovski crystals and weighed over 20 pounds, a perfectly fitting ensemble for her Angel debut in Paris. In fact, speaking of Paris, Josephine said of her outfit and the City of Love, “I look like you took all of Paris’ lights and literally put it in a bucket and dumped me in this bucket and took me out and I was dripping.” Well said. The excited model was, of course, a sight to be seen, but honestly, she could have worn the beachy, white knit tank top from this photo and looked just as gorgeous. A different kind of gorgeous, of course, but gorgeous nonetheless.
1 Martha Hunt
Martha Hunt is a southern belle who moved to New York to pursue her modeling career, which obviously, really took off. The 27-year-old beauty from Charlotte, North Carolina, suffers from scoliosis but you would never know it by looking at her, as she is the picture of perfection, having walked more than 180 fashion shows. Her latest strut down the catwalk was for the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show in Paris; her fourth. Martha earned her Angel wings last year, and all of this is even more impressive because she has metal rods in her back, which she has said makes the runway more challenging. But she loves yoga, pilates, and boxing, all of which keep her fit and also show off her body that wows in tank tops (or anything else). Workout clothes or something a little nicer (like above), she stuns in any form of the tank top.
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