We remember how famous supermodels looked before they became world-famous messengers of the cult brand (and we are surprised how fleeting time is).
Doutzen Kroes, Gisele Bundchen, Alessandra Ambrosio, Elsa Hosk
The Victoria’s Secret brand has existed since 1977: the company managed to become one of the main suppliers of underwear in America and around the world. First of all, the brand has achieved such popularity thanks to high-quality marketing and advertising strategies. An important component of the brand’s image was their fashion shows that existed until 2018.
The era of the “angels” fashion show, as the brand’s ambassadors were called, in underwear with luxurious wings came to an end due to several scandals of the company, including those affecting transgender issues, plus-size models, as well as accusations of harassment. But in a fairly short time, the brand managed to recover by changing its strategy, but they never returned to fashion shows. Thanks to Victoria’s Secret, the world has learned about dozens of supermodels who have gained worldwide fame with their daring penetrations. Today we recall the very first exits of the popular “angels” of Victoria’s Secret.
The Brazilian model was one of the most famous and persistent “angels” of the brand, who lasted in the ranks of Victoria’s Secret for 17 years. The first show of the star took place in 2000, when she was 19 years old, and the last one in 2017. During this time, the celebrity managed to give birth to two children, while never missing the show, and also presented a special Fantasy Bra made of precious stones and diamonds on the podium three times.
Adriana is perhaps one of the most famous “angels” of Victoria’s Secret. Her name is literally associated with the brand and their famous fashion shows. Lima joined the company in 1999, when she was 18 years old, and continued to work with the brand until 2018. The Brazilian quickly gained popularity among fans of the brand, appearing on the podium in 2001, and at the same time worldwide fame and many other major contracts. Lima, like Alessandra Ambrosio, did not miss the show and even after giving birth, she quickly returned to form and strode along the podium to the delight of fans. The era of the star had two Fantasy Bras, one of which she presented together with Alessandra.
The model joined Victoria’s Secret in 2007 and became the first Australian in the ranks of the “angels”. The star’s contract with the fashion brand did not last long, only 5 years, but she managed to be on the honorary list of models representing Fantasy Bra. It happened in 2011 — that was the first time the brand used pearls to create a special sconce. Victoria’s Secret themselves terminated the contract with the model without announcing the official reason, although rumors about the bad character of the star were actively spreading on the Network.
Since her debut on the Victoria’s Secret Show catwalk in 2005, the Dutch supermodel has been remembered by the public for her stunning athletic figure and incredibly beautiful appearance. In 2014, the star terminated the contract with the brand. The Network discussed several versions of the possible reason for her departure, because then Doutzen was at the peak of popularity and was considered one of the most famous and sought-after angels. According to one theory, the management of Victoria’s Secret turned out to be dissatisfied with the figure of the Dutch model after her second birth, but the real reason remained a secret.
Giselle owes much of her stunning career to Victoria’s Secret. The Brazilian signed a contract with a well-known brand of women’s underwear in 2000 and quickly became one of the most famous “angels”. Bundchen also got the most expensive Fantasy Bra, which got into the Guinness Book of Records: the cost of the bra was estimated at $ 15 million. The model said goodbye to the company in 2015 and focused on other projects. The girl was recognized several times as one of the highest paid supermodels in the world, including in 2021.
The supermodel is familiar to many from the cult project “Top Model in the American way”. But the star gained her worldwide fame thanks to a series of successful contracts, including Victoria’s Secret. For the first time at the brand’s show, Tyra appeared in 1997 and became the first black model in the ranks of the “angels”. At the same time, she also got Fantasy Bra. In the period from 1997 to 2004, Banks was considered one of the most popular models of the brand. She tried on her second fantasy bra in 2004. The American star terminated the contract with Victoria’s Secret after 8 years — then Tyra was already hosting her famous show.
The owner of the wasp waist and the spectacular blonde Candice Swaypole was adored by fans of the brand. The South African supermodel walked the runway for the first time at the Victoria’s Secret show in 2007. The star began her journey with the Pink youth line, and a year later she received her first wings. In 2013, a blonde from South Africa got Fantasy Bra — it is considered one of the most expensive in the history of the show (its cost is estimated at $ 10 million). In 2017, Candice had to miss the show due to the birth of a child.
The model was known even before the collaboration with the underwear brand, but it was after her appearance on the show in 1999 and the new status of “angel” that she became incredibly popular and popular. Heidi has been working with Victoria’s Secret for 11 years and has tried on as many as three fantasy sconces over the years.
Karlie Kloss’s career turned out to be difficult and thorny, and despite the fact that the girl became very popular, she had to actively fight for her place in the sun. A new “angel” joined Victoria’s Secret in 2013 and quickly gained a place in the brand’s advertising campaigns around the world. In 2015, the model took a break to attend college, but returned to the podium in 2017. This was the last participation of the supermodel in the Victoria’s Secret show .
Now Elsa is a famous fashionista, a star mom and a sought-after supermodel. Few people knew about the Swedish model before working with the lingerie giant, but her contract and the status of an “angel” quickly elevated her to the ranks of the highest-paid models. For the first time the girl appeared on the show in 2011, but became an “angel” only in 2015. It turned out to introduce Fantasy Bra to her — Elsa presented it in 2018 at the last Victoria’s Secret Show.