In 1977, Victoria’s Secret was founded. However, the store was actually on the verge of bankruptcy, until it was sold to The Limited. By 1987 Victoria’s Secret was among one of the best-selling catalogs, followed by the Victoria’s Secret first fashion show in 1995, which has become an annual tradition that most of us can’t patiently wait for. Today, the company is the largest American retailer of lingerie.
Of course, much of that has to do with the beautiful women that have been chosen to be models for the boutique. And, the top models have become known as Victoria’s Secrets Angels.
Originally, Angels was a lingerie line, with an ad campaign beginning in 1997. A year later, the Angels made their runway debut. Today, being dubbed an Angel refers to the company’s most popular models. Angels have gone on to be included in People Magazine’s annual “100 Most Beautiful People in the World”, the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue, the Hollywood Walk of Fame, and of course, appearing in film and television. There’s no denying that the catalog has propelled these women into pop culture as well.
While every model that has become a Victoria’s Secret Angel is undeniably stunning, as are all models for the company, some have become more well-known than others. In fact, they’ve become so famous that we can call them icons in the modeling world.
So, without further ado, here are the 16 most iconic Victoria’s Secret Angels.
16. Daniela Peštová
This Czech model was one of the main faces for Victoria’s Secret from 1998 to 2001. She was also the subject for the inaugural body painting works as part of the ‘Sports Illustrated’ Swimsuit Issue.
15. Selita Ebanks
Born in the Cayman Islands, Selita Ebanks was with Victoria’s Secret from 2004 until 2009. She’s also been seen in Sports Illustrated’s 2007 Swimsuit Issue and Kanye West’s 2010 short film ‘Runaway’.
14. Doutzen Kroes
Kroes has been with the brand since 2004, but became an Angel in 2008. The Dutch model has also worked for Prada and graced the pages of magazines like Glamour and Cosmopolitan. in 2001, she made her film debut in Reinout Oerlemans’, Nova Zembla, which is the first Dutch 3D movie ever made.
13. Helena Christensen
The Danish model was not only one of the original Angels in 1997, she was essentially the face of the company, but most of us will remember her in Chris Isaak’s legendary video for “Wicked Game’. Today, Christensen is a photographer and vocal supporter for breast cancer awareness.
12. Candice Swanepoel
This South African native has been with the company since 2010 and has since been included lists by FHM and Maxim. She’s also now in Forbes 10 richest supermodels list.
11. Stephanie Seymour
Seymour was one of the original Angels, and one of the most well known models for the brand. She was in the film ‘Pollock’ and an episode of ‘Law & Order: Criminal Intent’. However, she’s probably most remembered for dating Axl Rose and appearing in the Guns N’ Roses videos for “Don’t Cry” and “November Rain”.
10. Izabel Goulart
Another Brazilian model who was an Angel from 2005 to 2008. She has also done work for Armani Exchange and has appeared in episodes of ‘Entourage’ and ‘Two and a Half Men’. But, many fans remember her Late Night with Conan O’Brien appearance in May of 2006 with this exchange: O’Brien asked, “What kind of guy do you look for?”, and Goulart simply replied “You.”
9. Karolina Kurkova
From 2001 to 2008 Kurkova was one of the top models for Victoria’s Secret. The Czech beauty has began an acting career which has seen in episodes of ‘30 Rock’ and ‘Chuck’. In 2009, she played Courtney A. Kreiger / Cover Girl in ‘G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra’.
8. Marisa Miller
Miller has been frequently included in a number of “Sexiest Women in the World” polls and lists since joining the brand in 2007. In 2008, she was one the cover of the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue, which broke sales records. She’s also appeared on ‘Entourage’ and ‘America’s Next Top Model’, as well as, in commercials for NFL Network.
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7. Alessandra Ambrosio
Since 2004, this Brazilian beauty is easily one of the most recognizable Angels. Since then, she has appeared in ‘Entourage’ and ‘How How I Met Your Mother’. She even had a cameo in the 2006 Bond flick ‘Casino Royale’.
6. Rosie Huntington-Whiteley
After rising to fame as Victoria’s Secret Angel in 2010, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley has begun focusing on acting. The British bombshell was the female lead in ‘Transformers: Dark of the Moon’ and will appear in ‘Mad Max: Fury Road’.
5. Miranda Kerr
The first ever Australian Victoria’s Secret model has been turning out heads since 2007. While still active for the company, she has also become famous for marrying Orlando Bloom, guest starring as herself on ‘How How I Met Your Mother’ and writing a self-esteem book for young women.
4. Gisele Bundchen
Mrs. Tom Brady has walked the runway eight times from 2000-2007 and may actually become the first billionaire supermodel. She has also become known as ‘The Boobs from Brazil, since apparently 36,000 girls in her native country have gotten breast surgery to look like her. Besides being known as one of the most famous women of Victoria’s Secret, she has been seen in the films ‘Taxi’ and ‘The Devil Wears Prada’.
3. Adriana Lima
Since 2000, this Brazilian beauty has become the face, and body, of Victoria’s Secret. Besides walking the runway 11 for the company, she has famously appeared in classic commercials for Telfora and Kia. But, her solo ad during Super Bowl XLII in 2008 will always be our favorite.
2. Tyra Banks
Banks was one of the original models for the Angels ad campaign in 1997. After leaving the lingerie company behind, Banks has become one of the most famous people on television with ‘America’s Next Top Model’ and her own talk show. She’s also appeared in numerous TV shows and movies like ‘The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air’, ‘Higher Learning’ and ‘Tropic Thunder’.
1. Heidi Klum
From 1997 to 2011 Heidi Klum was without doubt the most popular model for Victoria’s Secret. Besides hosting ‘Project Runway’, which she has done for the Victoria’s Secret 11 times, she’s appeared in shows like ‘How How I Met Your Mother’ and ‘Sex and the City’. She has also been included in Forbes top-earning supermodels list.