You recognize them in the midst of many other beautiful girls that parade on the catwalk because of the wings, the symbol of their membership in the most exclusive club of models in the world. That is no longer the one of the 90’s supermodels, but that of the Angels of Victoria’s Secret. Where are accepted just eight and after a ruthless selection (which includes a parade in underwear in front of twenty people under powerful lights), because to become the ambassador of the most famous lingerie brand a pretty face and perfect measurements aren’t enough, but you also have to know how to impress. And not men, as you might think, but women, who represent 98% of the customers of VS.
In short, there where once were Claudia (Schiffer), Naomi (Campbell), Christy (Turlington) and Linda (Evangelista) now there are Adriana (Lima), Candice (Swanepoel), Lily (Aldridge), Alessandra (Ambrosio) Karlie (Kloss), Doutzen (Kroes), Behati (Prinsloo) and Lindsay (Ellingson) and will be the ones to twirl in London on 2 December for the first Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show in the British capital. “The casting for choosing the eight angels is really terrible,” admits the creative director Sophia Neophitou-Apostolou the Sun.
But if getting the wings is already hard, to be able to keep them it’s even harder: Every angel has in fact a busy schedule of events to be attended, with appearances and presentations around the world almost on a weekly basis, with a rigid daily fitness regime – yoga, Pilates, boxing and dance .There were also those who did not hold up to the excessive demands of the brand and preferred to give up his wings, see Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, who in 2011 gave up after just a couple of years, and Miranda Kerr, who left last year. But being an angel of Victoria’s Secret pays a lot, as confirmed by the $ 8 million earned by Adriana Lima this year according to Forbes.
Here they are the eight angels of Victoria’s Secret :
Adriana Lima :
Hometown: Salvador, Bahia, Brazil
With her 33 years, the statuesque Brazilian is the veteran of the Angels, a role she plays since 2000 (just missed the show in 2009 because she was pregnant), and the only model, along with Heidi Klum, who wore the Fantasy Bra in three several occasions, the last will be in this year’s show. Separated from Serbian basketball player Marko Jaric since last May, she has two daughters, Valentina (5 years) and Sienna (2). Famous phrase, “My goal is to be the oldest model on the catwalk.”
Hometown: Erexim, Brasil
Same age as her compatriot Adriana Lima, also the beautiful Alessandra is a veteran of Victoria’s Secret, since her first show in 2000. Memorable the show in 2005 (when she walked the runway with lingerie made entirely of candy) and 2011 (when she sported a pair of wings created by Australian designer and Manik Mercian made with 105.000 Swarovski crystals, set on a structure of 24 carat gold). Engaged to businessman Jamie Mazur, they have two children: Anja Louise (6 years) and Noah Phoenix (2). Famous phrase: “I love eating and I love sweets.”
Height : 5’10”
Hometown: Eastermar, Netherlands
Become an Angel in 2008, the 29 year-old Dutch supermodel has taken part in seven Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show (missed the 2010 show because she was expecting her first child). Married for four years to DJ Sunnery James, they have two children: Phyllon (3) and Myllena (three months). Famous phrase: “I appreciate the fact that we (angels) represent different types of women.”
Height: 5’9 1/2″
Hometown: Mooi River, Kwazulu Natal, South Africa
Parades for Victoria’s Secret for the past three years, but received the wings only in 2010 and last year wore the Royal Fantasy Bra, covered with 4,200 precious gems, worth $ 10 million. Linked to the Brazilian model Hermann Nicoli, the 26 year old South African speaks fluent English and Portuguese. Famous phrase: “I want to live naked, with all my children naked in the garden.”
Hometown: Grootfontein, Namibia
Since 2009 she is one of Victoria’s Secret Angels and was the face of the Pink line from 2008 to 2011. Discovered in a market of Cape Town where she was on vacation, the 25 year-old Namibian has been married since July of this year with Maroon 5’s frontman, Adam Levine. Famous phrase: “I love dark chocolate, I eat to feel bad.”
Hometown: Moreno Valley, CA
The 29 year-old American supermodel took part in her first fashion show in 2007, earning her wings three years later and in 2013 she wore a costume adorned with Swarovski crystals and created with 3D printing. Famous phrase: “I have always shopped at Victoria’s Secret with my mom and wanted to be an angel like Gisele (Bundchen) and Karolina Kurkova.”
Hometown: Los Angeles
The 28-year old American model has become an Angel in 2010, just a year after his first show in lingerie. Married to the Kings of Leon frontman Caleb Followill, which is from 2007 and has a daughter, Dixie Pearl, two years. Famous phrase: “For me, the Angels are the female icons that I watched growing up.”
Hometown: St. Louis, MO
Walked for the first time the catwalk of Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show in 2011, the 22 year-old American becomes an angel two years later. Linked to the banker Joshua Kushner, in 2012 is the focus of fierce controversy after wearing a magnificent headdress typical of Native Americans during the parade, considered by many people as disrespectful. Famous phrase: “You can be sexy with short hair.”