More often than not, Victoria’s Secret models find international success in many fields after becoming Angels. Whether they’re still working for the lingerie brand or have moved on to other projects, here are the 10 most popular Victoria’s Secret models and their impressive achievements.
The South African beauty is only 25 years old, but she’s been modeling for Victoria’s Secret since 2007. After becoming Victoria’s Secret Swim Catalogue cover girl, she was also chosen to wear the Royal Fantasy Bra in 2013. The $10 million was the most expensive Fantasy Bra since 2005. Candi Swanepoel has made the Forbes World’s Top-Earning Models list twice, in 2011 and 2013.
Born in Namibia, Behati Prinsloo has appeared in the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show since 2013. She became the face of the the Victoria’s Secret brand Pink in 2008 before officially being named an Angel in 2009. Her recent work includes becoming the face of Pepe Jeans for Spring/Summer 2014 and the 24 year old is engaged to Sexiest Man Alive 2013 Adam Levine.
One of the original Angels, Tyra Banks is one of the top Victoria’s Secret models that has managed to find even bigger success on TV. Hosting her own talk show and America’s Next Top Model hasn’t stopped Banks from modeling lingerie for Victoria’s Secret for 12 years, from 1997 to 2005. With more than 10 movies and two books under her belt, she’s one of the most succesful Angels ever.
After becoming a Victoria’s Secret Angel in 2011, Karlie Kloss has quickly become of the most popular models in the world. She even coined a signature hairstyle in 2012, and was named on of the Top 30 models of the 2000s by Vogue Paris. She’s one of the top Victoria Secret’s models and she also came in at no 7 on the Models.com list of Top 50 Models.
The 35-year old American model was one of the top Victoria’s Secret Angels from 2007 to 2010. In 2009, she was chosen to wear the $3 million Fantasy Bra. She was the first Harley-Davidson spokesperson and launched her first shoe line in collaboration with Vans. Besides being a spokesperson for the NFL, she was also named an ambassador for the American Cancer Society.
The Brazilian beauty has been modeling for Victoria’s Secret since 2004 and in 2012 she was chosen to wear the $2.5 million Fantasy Bra. Ambrosio was also the first spokesperson for Victoria’s Secret Pink and made her movie debut with a cameo in “Casino Royale”. She’s one of the top Victoria’s Secret models who walked the runway while pregnant.
The only Victoria’s Secret Angel asked to model for 13 consecutive shows, Adriana Lima has been one of the top Victoria’s Secret models since 1999. She joined Tyra Banks, Alessandra Ambrosio, Heidi Klum and Gisele Bündchen in the 2004 “Angels Across America” tour. Adriana Lima was also honored by being asked to wear the Fantasy Bra twice, in 2008 and 2010.
Even if she announced her retirement from lingerie modeling, Heidi Klum is still one of the most important names associated with the Victoria’s Secret brand. Heidi Klum was the first German model to become an Angel and kept modeling for the lingerie brand for 13 years. She’s the host of Project Runway and has also built her own fashion empire.
The first Australian Angel, Kerr has been one of the top Victoria’s Secret models since 2007. In 2013, she was declared the second in the list of highest paid models by Forbes. Her projects include Kora Organics, a line of organic skincare products, and even a self-help book. Her collaboration with Victoria’s Secret ended last year, when she also split from Hollywood hearthrob Orlando Bloom.
Considered the last remaining supermodel by Claudia Schiffer and Naomi Campbell, Gisele Bündchen was one of the top Victoria’s Secret models from 2000 to 2007. She made Angel history in 2000, when she wore the most expensive Fantasy Bra of all time. Guinness World Records has recognized the “Red Hot Fantasy Bra” as the most expensive lingerie ever created, at $15 million. She wore the Fantasy Bra again in 2005 and launched her own line of lingerie in 2012, called “Gisele Bündchen Brazilian Intimates”. After she left Victoria’s Secret, the company’s shares fell by more than 30%.