These physically gifted and perfectly-blessed-gene women are some of the highest-paid models in the world and once had the prestigious status of Victoria Secret Angels. Over the 20 years since the fashion show began, there has been 22 former VS Angels. What’s in store for former VS Angels? As these 10 proven, apparently the only way is up!
Heaven awaits, angels..
1. Heidi Klum
Heidi was a veteran with the VS Fashion Show during 1997 to 2009, and thanks to her bubbly personality, she was a host of the TV version in 2006. Victoria’s Secret sells a make-up range, ‘The Heidi Collection’ named after her. Apart from being a model, she has made appearances in several films and TV sitcoms, and released a hit single. Heidi ventured fashion and clothing businesses made available a line of women’s wear on amazon.com. She is a philanthropist and also works for ‘International Red Cross’, ‘American Red Cross’ and the ‘Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation’. She hosts several popular, high-rating, US TV shows – Project Runway and America’s Got Talent – to name a few.
2. Gisele Bundchen
Gisele walked the Victoria’s Secret fashion show from 2000 to 2007. As the first-ever model billionaire, Gisele is regarded as the most popular fashion export from Brazil and is ranked on Forbes’ list of ‘top-earning models’. Apart from various brand campaigns and being a goodwill ambassador for the United Nations Environment Programme, she also heads the non-profit organization, Rainforest Alliance involved with biodiversity conservation and sustainability. Time added her on the All-Time 100 Fashion Icons list of ‘100 Most Influential Fashion Icons since 1923’. In 2014, she was listed at #89 on Forbes’ ‘Most Powerful Women in the World’ and at #5 on Forbes Brazil’s ‘25 Biggest Celebrities in Brazil’.
3. Tyra Banks
Tyra was with VS Fashion Show from 1996 to 2005. She hosted the reality TV program America’s Next Top Model and her own daytime talk show, for which she won two Emmy Awards. Tyra continued to expand her business interests, launching her own cosmetics line in 2014. She also ventured into the world of reality TV where she created, produced and hosted the show America’s Next Top Model. She expanded with her own talk show, The Tyra Show, in 2005. She is active in a number of social and charitable causes. One of her personal missions has been to help young women deal with self-esteem issues which she does through her organization, TZone.
4. Marisa Miller
Marisa made her debut in the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show in 2007 and parted in 2010. She made TV appearances, hosted reality show The Shot and cameos in various programs, she also had a guest judge role on an episode of America’s Next Top Model. Marisa is an ambassador for the American Cancer Society and also supports the Young Survival Coalition, which raises awareness of breast cancer in women under 40, as well as environmental organization The Surfrider Foundation, which aims to preserve the world’s oceans and beaches.
5. Selita Ebanks
Selita walked the Victoria secrets show from 2005 to 2008. She has made several appearances on television, The Apprentice being one of them. She worked for other famous fashion brands such as Ralph Lauren and Neiman Marcus and appeared in several commercials, TV series and music videos and runs her own talent school and charity organization.
6. Rosie Huntington-Whiteley
Rosie’s contract with Victoria Secret was from 2006 to 2011 in which she was an Angel until the 2010 show. She made her Hollywood debut in 2010 Transformers: Dark of the Moon which was a huge box office hit during the summer of 2011. Post VS, Rosie returned to modeling, she helped Burberry promotes their new fragrance Body, and launched her own range Marks & Spencer make up, beauty and lingerie line, Rosie for Autograph. Esteemed photographer Rankin chose Rosie as the focus for his new photography book, Ten Times Rosie. She then again starred in another Hollywood blockbuster, Mad Max, in 2015.
7. Erin Heatherton
Erin got to model for Victoria’s Secret’s runway in 2008 until 2013. She has starred campaigns for various International and luxury brands and has been photographed by the most important photographers in the fashion industry, such as Mario Testino, Terry Richardson and Karl Lagerfeld. Erin has appeared in many international magazine covers like Elle, Flair, Vogue and GQ. In 2013 she had a cameo appearance in the Hollywood comedy film, Grown ups 2.
8. Miranda Kerr
Miranda replaced Gisele Bundchen and was the first Australian Victoria’s Secret Angel in 2007. She owns a cosmetics line, Kora Organics, which was launched in 2009. The Aussie bombshell stepped down from Victoria Secret’s Angel in 2013. From then on, Randa continued to rake in dollars with new contracts. Where her career is really taking off, however, isn’t the States or Europe – it’s Asia, where the hugely successful Miranda has nabbed endorsements with companies such as Japanese clothing retailer Emoda.
9. Doutzen Kroes
Doutzen first started modeling for the brand in 2004 and was crowned an Angel in 2008 until early 2015 when she stepped down. Once said that she wants to use her position as one of the most sought-after models to make the world a healthier and happier place, she has been on a variety of business ventures as well as green and brand campaigns. The Dutch stunner also has contracts with L’Oreal Paris, Calvin Klein, Tiffany & Co., and Dolce & Gabbana, among others. She has been in several movies in the past but she is now set to be making her Hollywood debut in DC’s Wonder Woman, and will be playing one of the Amazons of Themyscira.
10. Karlie Kloss
One of the youngest models to leave VS, Karlie first walked at Victoria Secret Fashion show in 2011, stepped down as VS Angel in 2015 but she keeps rolling out new entrepreneurial and philanthropic endeavors. She’s launched a well-trafficked YouTube channel, collaborated with Milk Bar on Klossies — wheat-free, dairy-free cookies that raise money for charities — and sponsored coding camps for high school girls. With her latest passion project, Karlie wants to “simultaneously close the job gap and gender gap in tech,” and empower women to become professional developers. Karlie is also the new ambassador for Svarowski.