Victoria’s Secret is the largest American retailer of lingerie and was founded by Roy Raymond in 1977. 2012 sales were $6.12 billion with an operating income of $1 billion. The company sells lingerie, womenswear, and beauty products through its catalogs (sending out 375 million a year), website, and thousand of U.S. stores. But who cares about fashion? I do not. When I see all those angels, clothes are the last thing that I think.
Victoria’s Secret Angels
Although it now refers to the brand’s most visible spokeswomen (while the fashion show models are referred to as “Runway Angels”), the Angels started out as one of Victoria’s Secret’s lingerie lines. The models featured in the original advertising campaign in 1997 were Helena Christensen, Karen Mulder, Daniela Peštová, Stephanie Seymour, and Tyra Banks. Due to their growing popularity, the brand used them in several other advertising campaigns until Christensen’s departure. In February 1998, the Angels made their runway debut at Victoria’s Secret’s 4th annual fashion show, with Chandra North filling in for Christensen. Their line-up has been changed multiple times over the years, with one being officially released before each fashion show. The brand currently lists 10 supermodels on its website, including Miranda Kerr and Erin Heatherton, and recently launched a Facebook application highlighting Kerr and the Angels as well as Lais Ribeiro, Toni Garrn and Barbara Palvin.
Victoria’s Secret 10 Hottest Angels Ever
It’s Christmas time and angels are in everywhere. This is my Christmas gift to all male readers of this blog. We take a look back and present the top 10 Victoria’s Secret Angels ever. Hold your breath. In case of emergence call 911.
#1 Heidi Klum
Heidi Klum was born on June 1, 1973, in Bergisch Gladbach, a town outside Cologne. She is the daughter of Erna, a hairdresser, and Günther Klum, a cosmetics-company executive. Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you know Heidi Klum. She first took the world by storm in the 1990s as a brunette. Later, she went blonde. Whatever her hair color is, there’s no denying this German native’s sizzling sex appeal. And, she’s used it like no other. Aside from producing and starring in “Project Runway”, she’s also made countless television appearances in such shows as “Desperate Housewives”, “How I Met Your Mother”, and “CSI Miami” to name only a few.
#2 Marisa Miller
Marisa Lee Miller was born August 6, 1978, in Santa Cruz, California, to Krista and Marc Bertetta. Curiously, she considered herself a tomboy growing up, with mostly male friends and little awareness of anything girly. Marisa makes us all wish they could be California girls. She first caught the world’s attention as an aptly named Perfect 10 model. From there, the Californian has appeared in such television shows as “How I Met Your Mother”, “Gary Unmarried”, and “Entourage”. She’s also recently concluded filming her big-screen debut role in next summer’s movie entitled, “R.I.P.D.”
#3 Gisele Bundchen
Gisele Caroline Bündchen was born on 20 July 1980, and is a sixth-generation German Brazilian, born in Três de Maio, Rio Grande do Sul, to Vânia Nonnenmacher, a bank clerk pensioner, and Valdir Bündchen, a university teacher and writer, who are both of German descent. Gisele is routinely ranked as one of the highest paid models of this century and may be one of Brazil’s best-known exports. New England Patriots fans will also know her as the sometimes outspoken wife of star quarterback Tom Brady. When she’s not rooting on her hubby, Gisele can be seen making cameos in various places including “The O.C.”, as well as in major motion pictures such as “The Devil Wears Prada” and “Taxi”.
#4 Tyra Banks
Tyra Lynne Banks was born on December 4, 1973, in California. When she was 15 years old, Tyra started modeling while attending school in Los Angeles but was rejected by six modeling agencies before she was signed by L.A. Models and then switched to Elite Model Management at age 16. The third and final original Angel to crack our list, this California native has transcended the modeling industry. Tyra’s not only the producer and host of “America’s Next Top Model”, but she was also the host of her very own self-titled talk show. If that’s not enough, she’s made appearances in 10 movies, authored books, released a couple of singles and made appearances in such television shows as “The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air”, “Just Shoot Me”, and “Punk’d”.
#5 Adriana Lima
Adriana Francesca Lima was born June 12, 1981, in Salvador, Bahia, Brazil. She never thought about being a model. However, she had a friend at school who wanted to enter a modeling contest and did not want to enter alone, so Adriana entered with her. Both sent in pictures, and the contest sponsor soon asked Adriana to come out for the competition. Soon after, at the age of 15, she entered and finished in first place in Ford’s “Supermodel of Brazil” model search. Adriana completes the grand slam of Brazilians on our top 10 list. The wife of former NBA player Marko Jaric, when she’s on the screen she commands attention. So it should come as no surprise that her SuperBowl ads have made her one of the biggest stars of SuperBowl Sunday on more than one occasion. She’s also appeared in such shows as “How I Met Your Mother” and “Ugly Betty”.
#6 Stephanie Seymour
Stephanie Michelle Seymour was born in San Diego, California, on July, 23, 1986, the middle child of a California real estate-developer father and hairstylist mother, Seymour started her modeling career working for local newspapers and department stores in her hometown at the age of 16. Another member of the original grouping of five Angels, Stephanie, sunny California’s first entry on our list, originally rose to stardom winning an Elite Model contest in the mid 1980s. Her initial foray into acting was in music videos. She starred opposite her then-boyfriend, Axl Rose, Guns N’ Roses’ front man. A few years later, she made her film debut in the movie, “Pollock”, and soon thereafter had a role in the NBC drama, “Law & Order: Criminal Intent”.
#7 Alessandra Ambrosio
Alessandra Corine Ambrósio was born on April 11, 1981, in Erechim, Brazil. She started modeling classes,and then began modeling for Dilson Stein at age 15. By 2004, she was selected as the first spokesmodel for the Victoria’s Secret “PINK” line. Ever think that some of these ladies would make perfect Bond girls? If so, you’d be right. Brazilian babe Alessandra has had a very busy decade including making her big-screen debut in the 2006 James Bond movie, “Casino Royale”. Just be sure not to blink or you might miss her strutting her stuff in a tennis outfit. She’s also made appearances on “Entourage”, as well as the hit CBS sitcom, “How I Met Your Mother”.
#8 Daniela Pestova
Daniela Peštová was born on October 14, 1970, in Teplice, Czech Republic, and was discovered by the Madison Modeling Agency’s Dominique Caffin. The first of three original Victoria’s Secret Angels to make our top 10, Daniela is arguably the closest thing to a recluse that you’ll find on this list. Of course, that hasn’t stopped this Czech Republic blond beauty from becoming one of the most accomplished models in history and being the only Victoria’s Secret model to be featured on the cover of the annual Sports Illustrated swimsuit issue on three separate spectacular occasions.
#9 Laetitia Casta
Laetitia Marie Laure Casta was born 11 May 1978, in Pont-Audemer, Normandy, France. Her mother, Line Blin, is from Normandy. Her father, Dominique Casta, is from Corsica. This French beauty first captured the hearts of men worldwide in the early 1990s as a GUESS girl before moving on to work with practically every other top designer in the industry. While we’re only a few years into this decade, Laetitia’s star is clearly on the rise. Since 2010 she’s starred in four movies released in her home country of France, as well as the English language Lionsgate 2012 thriller, “Arbitrage”.
#10 Izabel Goulart
Maria Izabel Goulart Dourado was born on October 23, 1984, in São Carlos, São Paulo, Brazil. She is of Italian descent and has four brothers and one sister. Izabel is the first of four Brazilian bombshells to crack this list. She initially gained mainstream recognition when she began modeling for Victoria’s Secret in the middle part of the last decade. Since then, Izabel has appeared on HBO’s “Entourage”, as well as in a brief cameo role as Charlie Harper’s date in “Two and a Half Men”. With Izabel on his arm, Charlie Sheen’s character was certainly winning like never before – or since.