The fashion industry has educated us in the distinction of two categories: haute couture and commercial initiatives. The new generation of models are not willing to have their careers made up of one or the other, they are looking for the confluence of both. A Victoria’s Secret angel has a varied and dynamic career. After a busy season of walking countless runways in Fashion Weeks across the world, models will often fill their time with more relaxed work like shooting for catalogs and campaigns, as well as making public appearances and attending parties.
The fashion industry becomes a unitary entity, where everything converges. An advantage for young models, although it becomes a 24-hour profession. The height of a typical model should be between five and a half feet and six feet two inches. Applicants must be between 18 and 24 years of age unless they have extensive experience. Models must also have smooth skin, a lean body, and shiny hair. Each aspiring angel must radiate energy, intellect, and sympathy to generate empathy with the public. A future angel requires a persuasive agent or company to represent or advocate for them. After all, a model’s life will change the moment she signs with Victoria’s Secret.
15. Lily Aldridge, The Rock Star
Lily Aldridge perfectly embodies the myth of the model and rock star relationship that was forged in the 1960’s and 1970’s. Like every love story between a model and a self-respecting rock star such as Lily Aldridge and Caleb Followill, lead singer of the American band Kings of Leon, they travel very often and don’t have any routine in their lives or relationship. “We’re in a crazy rhythm, that’s why we hit it off,” Aldridge said once. The couple split their time living in both New York City and Nashville, Tennessee. Lily was chosen to wear the fantastic two-million-dollar bra at the 2015 Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show, a.k.a. the Fantasy Bra, a piece of lingerie made from diamonds, a blue topaz and yellow sapphires on 18K gold.
14. Taylor Hill, The One Who Swapped Horses For The Catwalk
The beautiful Taylor Hill swapped the mountain for the metropolis, riding a horse instead of walking the catwalk, and enjoying the open country instead of the New York City crowds. Despite a hard promotion and a lot of work, the young woman has no regrets saying, “I think it all comes down to the opportunities that arise. As a model, especially at an early age, the opportunities they give you are incredible.” And yes, she was right, because she is one of the lucky ones who was a part of Victoria’s Secret’s main cast of models. At just 21 years of age, this model has worked for prestigious brands such as Chanel, Balmain, Carolina Herrera and Giorgio Armani.
13. Martha Hunt, The Runway And Improvement Model
Not everything is colorful in a model’s life. Years of enjoyment or struggle must be faced with courage and strength, just as Martha Hunt did. Her story began as a young teen at the age of thirteen. After going through local castings in North Carolina, she received offers to start working in fashion, which she combined with her studies. However, a year later she began to notice that something was out of whack.
Around the age of 15, she realized that her body was asymmetrical. She was diagnosed with a mild case of idiopathic scoliosis because her spine was beginning to curve into an ‘S’ shape. Martha shared her story with the whole world and detailed how her diagnosis affected her life.
12. Adriana Lima And Her 12-Hour Days
Adriana Lima is one of Victoria’s Secret’s top models. The Brazilian bombshell shares on Instagram what it is like to work 12-hour days and to be away from her family. She has even talked about her experience working with a very bad cold, coughing with a terrible headache while trying to pose and look pretty for the camera.
At the age of 35, she has been a Victoria’s Secret angel for the past seven years. On several occasions, she has starred in the fashion show wearing the world’s most expensive lingerie. She is the third highest-paid female model on the planet. In just one year, she managed to pocket eight million dollars from her modeling gigs. In the past, she has been criticized for her strict diet of protein and extreme exercise routine but she is considered to be one of the best Brazilian models.
11. Stella Maxwell And Her Relationships
Multiple magazines considered Stella Maxwell to be one of the hottest women in the world in 2016. With a grounded personality and surprisingly humble characteristics, this emerging star considers her professional experiences between 2016 and 2017 as just another apprenticeship in her career. “In a way, I think I’ve grown up personally. But we all know that life offers us constant challenges and new experiences,” Maxwell shares. In addition, rumors of a relationship between the Belgian Victoria’s Secret model and the Twilight actress, Kristen Stewart came to light at the end of 2016. This was shortly after Maxwell ended her previous relationship with singer Miley Cyrus, which was tumultuous and widely covered by the paparazzi.
10. Yes, Lais Ribeiro’s Stretch Marks Are Beautiful Too
During the fashion show in Shanghai this past fall, an Instagram account dedicated to Victoria’s Secret angels posted a photo of Lais Ribeiro celebrating backstage, showing off her real beauty and inspiring the brand’s fans.
The public’s reactions were divided because some people thought that it was not necessary to point out the model’s stretch marks on her butt, while others saw it as a sign that no one is perfect and that it is important to accept our bodies the way that they are. While it is not news that a person has stretch marks, it is inspiring that a role model who so many people look up to can accept her body and look beautiful doing it.
9. Sara Sampaio AndHer Infectious Smile
If there is a pattern with the photos that Sara Sampaio shares with her five million followers on Instagram, it’s that she always smiles (well, almost). She has a spectacular body with muscles that mark themselves at the right point, perfect lips, hypnotizing eyes, and an infectious laughter. Her face illuminates with excitement every time she speaks about her native Portugal in an interview.
Sampaio represents a new batch of healthy and happy models who don’t take anything too seriously, although not everything is as glamorous as it seems. When they’re on a tropical beach, it doesn’t mean they’re on vacation. One aspect that can never be fully understood is the loneliness that models endure; taking the plane alone, arriving at a hotel alone, and eating alone can get isolating and boring!
8. Josephine Skriver’s Peculiar Family Story
The truth is, Josephine Skriver is much more than a young woman who dreamed of putting angel wings on and walking the catwalk. The 22-year-old model grew up with four parents because she is the daughter of two same-sex marriages. As a result, she is a passionate LGBTI rights advocate. When her mother decided that she wanted to have children, she placed an advertisement in a gay publication to find a man who wanted to become a father. From this union, she was born. Josephine and her brother share the same biological parents (through in vitro fertilization), and both have always been very proud. Apart from that, the model has not been shy about vocalizing her concerns about the lack of diversity on the catwalks in the fashion industry during interviews.
7. Candice Swanepoel, The Beauty Discovered In A Flea Market
Candice Swanepoel was born on October 20, 1988 in Mooi River, KwaZulu-Natal Province, South Africa. She grew up on a farm with her parents Eileen and Willem and her older brother, Stephen. She was discovered by a model scout named Kevin Ellis at a flea market in Durban, South Africa when she was just 15 years old. In 2010, her career dreams came true when she became a Victoria’s Secret angel.
Candice loves to exercise and boxing is her favorite routine for burning calories. She also enjoys combining yoga, spinning, weights and pilates. When she has a photo shoot or fashion show, she makes sure to train similarly to the way that athletes do. Her favorite breakfast consists of bacon, egg, toast, a croissant, and fruit.
6. Jasmine Tookes, A Scandalous Angel
The Victoria’s Secret Scandalous line is simplified by wearing sexy underwear and smelling good. To promote this, VS combined it with the beauty of Jasmine Tookes. “Scandalous is very provocative, very sensual and dramatic. I love all bras, fishnet lace, and the use of patent leather in underwear. It’s definitely different for Victoria’s Secret but it’s still amazing,” she said. But sensuality isn’t just for the underwear and lingerie collection. The perfume, which Jasmine posed provocatively for in the advertisement, has a fruity floral aroma with notes of raspberry liqueur, black peonies, and caramelized praline.
5. Alanna Arrington And Her Curly Hair
Alanna Arrington was discovered by Jeff and Mary Clarke, the same duo that found Karlie Kloss, a former VS angel, and since then she has not stopped modeling. Alanna admitted that walking on the catwalk was not a priority at first but things have since changed. With the freshness of her characteristic curly hair and exotic features, she has all the credentials for becoming a regular in the fashion world. Alanna has walked in runway shows for big name brands like Chanel, Stella McCartney, Balmain, and Blumarine. Her appearances at Victoria’s Secret fashion shows, when she is decked out in wings, lace, and sparkles are always eagerly awaited.
4. Barbara Fialho, Amazonian Perfection
With an enthralling beauty, the “Amazonian” model has captivated the catwalks of fashion labels such as Oscar de la Renta and Victoria’s Secret. Originally from Montes Claros, Brazil, Barbara tries to commemorate the joy and vitality of her native country through her style and dress. Working with a large international brand like Victoria’s Secret requires unparalleled discipline. “I’m an athlete now. I run about half an hour, five days a week. I’m a very strict person with my exercise routine,” she said recently. Her weak point is the bakery, since she lived four years in Paris, and fell madly in love with the products of the pâtisseries, from croissants to macarons.
3. Alessandra Ambrosio, Victoria’s Secret’s Hottest Angel
Alessandra Ambrosio is one of the most admired and praised supermodels in the world of fashion and advertising, both for her spectacular beauty and glamorous demeanour. In July 2012 she collaborated in the closing ceremony of the London Olympic Games and was the model chosen to wear the famous Fantasy Bra, created each year by the brand for its fashion show. The bra that was worn by Alessandra Ambrosio was called the “Floral Fantasy Bra” and was valued at almost $3 million. The stunning piece, which was designed by the London Jewellers brand, consisted of sapphires, rubies, diamonds with a belt to match, containing more than 5,200 precious stones. It is impossible not to fall in love with this woman of cinnamon skin and brown eyes, who, at 36 years of age, looks like she is in her twenties.
2. Karlie Kloss, A Pillar Of Superior Strength
Karlie Kloss is an example of success and excellence in the fashion world without scandals, reality shows, or dramatic relationships attracting unwanted attention like so many of her peers. Karlie stands out for her impeccable work on the catwalk and off of it. She is known for earning her spot as one of the best models in the world on her own. Unsurprisingly, Forbes magazine’s list of best-paid models for 2016 ranked her in the top three, a place she shares with her colleague and friend, Kendall Jenner. She was an angel in the Victoria’s Secret fashion shows between 2013 and 2015 and has maintained a prominent position in the fashion industry ever since.
1. Kendall Jenner, The World’s Highest-Paid Model
Kendall Jenner has nearly 90 million followers on Instagram and last year, she dethroned Gisele Bündchen from being the world’s highest-paid model with a $22 million profit. Bündchen had previously held the title for the last 13 years.
In 2016, she modeled at the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show in Paris along with her friends, Gigi and Bella Hadid. She has walked on a number of prestigious catwalks including Chanel, Estée Lauder, Tommy Hilfiger, Dolce & Gabbana, Fendi, Donna Karan, and Calvin Klein, so it is no surprise that her annual turnover was $22 million in 2017. Kendall is the daughter of the Olympic medalist Bruce Jenner, now known as Caitlyn Jenner, and businesswoman Kris Jenner. Kendall is a stepsister of the reality stars Kourtney Kardashian, Kim Kardashian, Khloe Kardashian and Robert Kardashian Jr. Not surprisingly, many say that Kendall’s modeling career has been filled with favouritism.
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