When you think of Victoria’s Secret models, some of the world’s most iconic beauties come to mind, from Stephanie Seymour and Gisele Bundchen to Tyra Banks and Alessandra Ambrosio. As one of the most well-known Angels, Adriana Lima, turns 38 on June 12, 2019, Wonderwall.com is checking up on some of the hottest VS models to find out what they’re up to today. First up is the birthday girl! Brazilian beauty Adriana took top titles in two Ford modeling competitions at 15, which helped land her a deal with Elite Model Management. Adriana scored a spot as a Victoria’s Secret Angel in 2000 and has since walked in numerous televised fashion shows and become one of the most recognizable spokeswomen for the brand. Keep reading to see what she’s up to now…
Adriana Lima became even more well known when she starred in a sexy Victoria’s Secret Super Bowl XLII commercial in 2008. That same year, she wed Serbian NBA star Marko Jaric, but the couple called it quits in 2016. They have two children together, daughters Valentina and Sienna. Adriana has had the honor of sporting the coveted Fantasy Bra three times — in 2008, 2010 and 2014 — but in November 2018, she hung up her wings for good, walking in her final Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show. In 2017, she started dating Turkish author and healer Metin Hara, but the couple called it quits in early 2019.
At age 17, Tyra Banks signed with Elite Model Management and in 1991, she took off for Paris to begin her catwalk career. In 1996, the California native became the first African American woman to grace the cover of the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue. Soon after, both CoverGirl cosmetics and Victoria’s Secret jumped at the chance to sign the 5-foot-10 model.
After her modeling career took off, Tyra Banks dabbled in acting, appearing on shows like “The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air” in the ’90s as well as in the movie “Coyote Ugly” in 2000. In 2003, she became a judge and host on the competition series “America’s Next Top Model” and taught the world how to smize. In 2005, she took it a step further with “The Tyra Banks Show,” which ran until 2010 and garnered her an Emmy. Tyra joined “FABLife” in 2015 with other co-hosts like Chrissy Teigen but ultimately quit three months into the roundtable talk show’s run. In 2013, Tyra started dating photographer Erik Asla and in 2016, the couple welcomed their first child, son York, via surrogacy. The pair split in 2017, the same year Tyra took over as the host of “America’s Got Talent.” More, recently Tyra returned to her Sports Illustrated roots! She posed for one of three 2019 Swimsuit Issue covers, celebrating her third cover with the brand 22 years after she did it the first time.
What is it about Brazil that breeds such beautiful women? Whatever it is, this 5-foot-11 runway star is living proof that the South American country produces some of the world’s most notable stunners. Gisele Bundchen had no intention of becoming a model when she was discovered at a Sao Paulo McDonald’s at 14. But she gave it a go and went on to grace the cover of Vogue in 1999. Her curves redefined what a supermodel looked like in the fashion industry. In 2000, Victoria’s Secret liked what they saw and hired her. She’s seen here walking her first runway show for the brand — a benefit during the 53rd Annual Cannes Film Festival!
Gisele Bundchen’s romantic life was just as hot as her signature walk in her early Victoria’s Secret modeling days. She dated “Titanic” star Leonardo DiCaprio from 2000 to 2005 and started seeing NFL quarterback Tom Brady in late 2006. In 2007, she decided to leave the lingerie and swimwear brand but still earned the highest ranking on Forbes’ World’s Richest Models list after raking in $33 million the year prior. She married Tom in 2009 and gave birth to son Benjamin the same year. In 2012, she welcomed a baby girl, Vivian. In 2015, the world-famous model ended her catwalk career after 20 years. Since then, she’s come out of retirement once, and for a very good reason: Gisele walked the runway in August 2016 during the opening ceremony of the Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.
Miranda Kerr began her modeling career at 13 after winning a 1997 magazine contest in Australia. But her star did not begin to rise until she moved to New York and started modeling for Maybelline in 2004. After Gisele Bundchen left Victoria’s Secret in 2007, Miranda was given her wings and made an Angel.
In 2009, Miranda Kerr branched out from the runway and designed her own line of skincare products, Kora Organics. She married actor Orlando Bloom in 2010 and gave birth to son Flynn the following year. The 5-foot-9 beauty left Victoria’s Secret brand in 2013 shortly before announcing her split from the actor. In 2017, Miranda married Snapchat founder Evan Spiegel. The couple welcomed their first child, Hart, in May 2018. Baby No. 2 is due in 2019.
In 2003 at 16, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley got her to start with Levi’s — and she hasn’t stopped posing for the camera since. The British model-actress began to work for Victoria’s Secret in 2006 but she really made a name for herself when she landed a gig with Burberry two years later.
Rosie Huntington-Whiteley landed roles in the 2011 action flick “Transformers: Dark of the Moon” and 2015’s “Mad Max: Fury Road.” She and action star Jason Statham got engaged in 2016 and welcomed their first child together — a son, Oscar — in June 2017. In 2018, Rosie switched gears and started her own beauty website, Rose Inc.
This Brazilian bombshell took her first modeling class at age 12. Alessandra Ambrosio’s career got off the ground when she won a 1996 Elite Model competition and soon after, she appeared in ads for the likes of Guess, Ralph Lauren, and Christian Dior. In 2004, Victoria’s Secret cast the model to spearhead its then-new Pink line — and the rest is history!
Alessandra Ambrosio was chosen to wear the exclusive Fantasy Bra in the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show in 2012 and 2014. In 2017, she decided to retire from her famous gig and walked in her final Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show that same year. She has two children with former fiancé Jamie Mazur — daughter Anja and son Noah — but the couple split in 2018. She’s since been linked to Alanui founder Nicolo Oddi.
British supermodel Naomi Campbell got her start after a scout spotted her in London at age 15. She modeled for the likes of Versace and Vivienne Westwood and even released an album called “Babywoman” in 1993. She walked in the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show from 1995 to 2009.
Despite her fame on the catwalk, it’s been a rough road for Naomi Campbell in her personal life. In 1998, the model was accused of being violent with numerous personal assistants and she went to rehab the following year for cocaine abuse. She’s also faced multiple assault claims. Fortunately, the supermodel — who’s been romantically linked to stars like Usher, Mike Tyson, U2’s Adam Clayton and moreover the years — seems to have cleaned up her act these days. She transitioned to TV in 2015 with a role on FOX’s “Empire” then popped up on “American Horror Story: Hotel” later that year. But that doesn’t mean she’s quit modeling — she walked in Versace’s tribute show for Gianni Versace in 2017 and more recently signed her first-ever beauty contract with NARS cosmetics in 2019. Naomi has never been married or had any children, though, in 2019, she reportedly dated former One Direction member Liam Payne, who’s 23 years her junior!
San Diego native Stephanie Seymour started modeling on a small scale, but by the early ’80s, she’d landed the covers of Vogue and the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue. Around the same time, she also became Victoria’s Secret catalog model when the company was first starting out.
Karolina Kurkova married Archie Drury in 2009 right before giving birth to their son, Tobin. In November 2015, the couple welcomed their second son, Noah. She went on to work alongside fellow runway walkers Naomi Campbell and Coco Rocha as a coach on the modeling competition show “The Face.” She’s active in numerous charities including organizations like Women Together and Free Arts.
Berkeley, California, native Rebecca Romijn left the University of California Santa Cruz to pursue a modeling career in Paris when she was just 19. By 1994, the gorgeous star had landed a contract with Victoria’s Secret. Five years later, Rebecca turned heads when she appeared on the cover of the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue.
Rebecca Romijn eventually branched out into acting in movies like the “X-Men” franchise and TV shows such as “Ugly Betty.” She was married to “Full House” actor John Stamos from 1998 to 2005 and wed “Piranha 3D” star Jerry O’Connell in 2007. She gave birth to twin daughters Dolly and Charlie in 2008 and continues to enjoy a thriving acting career. In 2019, she joined the cast of “Star Trek: Discovery,” taking on the role of Number One.
After winning the 1986 Miss Denmark competition, Copenhagen-born Helena Christensen furthered her career in front of the camera by relocating to Paris. Helena worked the runway for huge brands like Hermes and Prada and eventually inked a deal with Revlon. By 1997, she was workin’ it as a Victoria’s Secret Angel.
In 1999, Helena Christensen gave birth to her son, Mingus. She dated his father, Norman Reedus, for about five years before they split in 2003. She started dating Interpol singer Paul Banks in 2008. When her modeling life calmed down, Helena became an in-demand photographer. She also ventured into the clothing business, partnering with a pal to launch the clothing line Christensen and Sigerson in 2006.
When you think of Victoria’s Secret models, some of the world’s most iconic beauties come to mind, from Stephanie Seymour and Gisele Bundchen to Tyra Banks and Alessandra Ambrosio.
Adriana scored a spot as a Victoria’s Secret Angel in 2000 and has since walked in numerous televised fashion shows and become one of the most recognizable spokeswomen for the brand. Keep reading to see what she’s up to now…