Every year, we look forward to the Victoria's Secret Fashion Show because it features some of the most beautiful women in the world. But unfortunately, the show is only an hour long and takes place just once a year, so we're always left wanting to know more about the stunning models, and what makes them unique. And we thought it would be fun to take some time to analyze some footage from previous Victoria's Secret fashion shows and see how each model conveys her personality through her runway walk.
Miranda Kerr's Walk Is Friendly
Kerr was born in Australia in April of 1983, and grew up riding motorbikes and riding horses on her grandmother's farm. Her first modeling job was for Dolly Magazine, which she landed after she won the Impulse Model Competition in 1997. After she signed with Chic Management, she modeled in campaigns for Tigerlily, Roxy and Billabong. When she headed to New York in 2004, she modeled for Alex Perry, Baby Phat, Levi's, L.A.M.B, Betsey Johnson, Roberto Cavalli, and Neiman Marcus. In 2007 she replaced Gisele Bundchen as a Victoria's Secret Angel and quickly became known for her dimples, which means she's usually the model who looks the most approachable and charming on the runway.
Alessandra Ambrosio's Walk Is Shy
Brazil’s Alessandra Ambrosio was born in April of 1981 and started modeling when she was 15. Early on, she participated in fashion shows for esteemed brands like Dior, Georgio Armani, Ralph Lauren, and Revlon. In 2000, she walked in her very first Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show and in the last ten years, she’s become known for posing at the end of the runway looking somewhat shy and modest.
Adriana Lima's Walk Is Tough
Lima was born in June of 1981 and like Ambrosio, she also hails from Brazil and has been a Victoria’s Secret Angel since 2000. She earned a name for herself when she was 15, after she took first place in Ford’s “Supermodels of Brazil” competition, and then took second place in Ford’s “Supermodels of the World” competition. And since 2005, she consistently ranks in the top five of the Forbes list, “The 20 Highest-Earning Models In The World.” And while all these credentials force us to take her seriously, Lima is most renown for walking the runway with confidence, dominance and strength, and in a style that conveys she’s aware she’s in control of the audience. She's also famous for boxing, and the other Angels describe her as "superwoman."
Behati Prinsloo's Walk Is Engaging
Prinsloo was born in Cape Town in May of 1989 but grew up in Namibia. At only 22 years old, she is one of the younger Victoria’s Secret Angels, but is famous with the other Angels for being spunky, playful, but also for taking photography really seriously. She's frequently seen snapping candid shots of the models as they're getting ready.
Candice Swanepoel's Walk Showcases Her Baby Face
Swanepoel was born in South Africa in October of 1988, and began taking modeling seriously when she was 16 and earning €5,000 a day. She’s appeared in campaigns for Tommy Hilfiger, Dolce and Gabbana, Betsey Johnson and Diane von Furstenberg. But her professional life took off in 2007 when she became a Victoria’s Secret model and was routinely featured in their catalogs. Swanepoel officially became an Angel last year, but she really put herself on the map for having an extraordinarily youthful-looking face. But the other Angels know her for being an adrenaline junkie, and who is more adventurous than anyone.
Chanel Iman's Walk Has Honor, Humility
Iman was born in Georgia on 1990, and has frequently said the only thing she wanted to be when she was a child was a model. In May of 2007 she appeared on the cover of American Vogue as one of the “World’s Next Top Models,” and Style.com also named her one of the year’s rising stars. In the following years, she went on to appear on the covers of Teen Vogue and Elle, and modeled in shows for Balenciaga, Versace, and Yves Saint Laurent. She walked in her first Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show in 2009, and was quickly promoted to an Angel in 2010. She’s notorious for being grateful for the opportunity to walk in fashion shows, and for appreciating all the time designers spend helping the clothes fit her.
Doutzen Kroes's Walk Has Curves
Kroes was born in the Netherlands in January of 1985 and has been on the covers of Time, Vogue, Harper’s Bazaar, Seventeen, Marie Claire, Glamour, W, Elle, and Numéro. She’s also modeled in spreads for Gucci, Tommy Hilfiger, Versace, Calvin Klein, and Valentino. But in 2005, she became a household name when Vogue.com readers voted her “Model of the Year.” Kroes has been named one of the World’s 15 Top-Earning Supermodels since 2007, and in 2008, she became a Victoria’s Secret Angel. But aside from her long blonde hair and her gorgeous lips, Kroes is also famous for having curves where other models don’t. Unlike a few other VS Angels, Kroes is not a size 0 or 2 – in fact, she’s a size 6, and even received praise in February of 2010 from Cosmopolitan’s editor in chief, Bonnie Fuller, for building a career where she can be proud of her shape.
It's no secret that some of the actors in Hollywood aren't very talented. And yet they are continually cast in movies and go on to make millions of dollars every year because executives know how certain people can guarantee a solid turnout among moviegoers. But since the characteristics of what makes someone a bad actor are so subjective, Forbes has gone ahead and informed us that the most overpaid actors in Hollywood are Drew Barrymore and Eddie Murphy.
Forbes reached this conclusion after deriving an elaborate equation that involved calculating the salaries of the top 40 stars they listed on their Celebrity 100 list, and then comparing them to film budgets and box office numbers from movies made in the past five years. For instance, Drew Barrymore earned the top spot in the ranking as the most overpaid actor, and Forbes figured this out by acknowledging that two of her movies, Everybody's Fine and Lucky You, only earned $24 million in the box office combined (and yes, you're right, she did appear in He's Just Not That Into You, but the $180 million that movie raked in couldn't be factored into the equation because Barrymore wasn't "the sole marquee name"). All this means that according to Forbes, Barrymore returns 40 cents for every $1 she is paid. And in terms of Eddie Murphy, Imagine That and Meet Dave earned $72 million combined, but cost a combined $115 million to film. This means Murphy returns $2.70 for every $1 he is paid. Forbes knew we'd find this a little confusing (because compared to Drew Barrymore earning 40 cents for studios for every $1 she is paid, it seems like Murphy is earning more money for studios than he is making for himself), and so the magazine revealed that the 10th most overpaid actor in Hollywood is Nicole Kidman, who returns $6.70 for every $1 she is paid (meaning her salary is not incredibly disproportionate to how much money her movies make). And when Kidman's ranking is considered, we learn that the more a movie makes, the less overpaid the actor is.
Other actors on the list are Will Ferrell (who brings in $3.50 for every $1 he makes), Reese Witherspoon (who brings in $3.55 for every $1 she makes), and Denzel Washington (who brings in $4.25 for every $1 he makes). And as interesting as it is to learn Drew Barrymore is the actor who's worth the least amount of money, the extreme mathematics involved in explaining this list means my search for a new party trick has no choice but to continue.
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Sources: Forbes, MTV
In the political thriller The Ides of March – George Clooney’s adaptation of the stage drama Farragut North – Ryan Gosling stars as Stephen Meyers campaign press secretary to Mike Morris (Clooney) a leading candidate for the Democratic presidential nomination. Savvy self-assured and blessed with a preternatural ability to spin a story in his candidate’s favor Stephen is a fast-rising figure with a dazzlingly bright future. Unlike his more seasoned – and cynical – campaign-manager boss Paul Zara (Philip Seymour Hoffman) Stephen all of 30 years old still boasts something of an idealistic streak. He believes in Morris not just as a meal ticket but as someone who just might make the world a better place.
Stephen’s idealism and ambition come into conflict when in the feverish days leading up to the pivotal Ohio primary he suffers a series of judgment lapses that threaten to derail his promising career. Teased with the prospect of a job offer he’s lured into a meeting with Tom Duffy (Paul Giamatti) the campaign manager of Morris’ main Democratic rival – a major no-no in a business that prizes loyalty above all else. Later he beds a beguiling young intern Molly (Evan Rachel Wood) who unwittingly drops a bombshell that could very well bring down the entire Morris campaign.
There’s nothing particularly revelatory about Ides of March. Our eyes were long ago opened to the amorality and viciousness of electoral politics. And goodness knows we’ve witnessed political scandals far more salacious than anything depicted in the film. Ides of March’s strength lies in the power of its storytelling in the way that Clooney brings together several distinctive headstrong characters and sets them against each other in a riveting game of intrigue. It helps compensate for the been-there done-that familiarity of the topics explored.
Clooney is very much an actor’s director and Ides of March is a testament to how absorbing it can be to witness skilled performers operating at the peak of their powers. Gosling is particularly fascinating to watch as his character awakens to the severity of his predicament. When Stephen is dismissed from the Morris campaign after Zara learns of his meeting with Duffy the firing triggers in him something akin to a fight-or-flight instinct. His livelihood endangered he scrambles to outwit his former colleagues seizing upon tragedy and scandal to worm his way back into the fold. All pretense of idealism vanishes and his expression betrays the slightest hint of derangement. The game has claimed him.
With an estimated $290 million (£181 million) haul from May 2010 to May 2011, Oprah has earned almost $200 million (£125 million) more than Lady Gaga, who comes in a distant second.
Also making the top 10: Gisele Bundchen, Taylor Swift, Katy Perry, Beyonce and author Danielle Steel.
The Desperate Housewives actress came top of a list of TV's best-paid female stars complied by Forbes magazine, tying the number one spot with funnywoman Fey. The publication reports they earned $13 million (£8.7 million) each between May, 2010 and May, 2011.
Longoria's co-star Marcia Cross, who earned $10 million (£6.7 million), came third in a tie with Law & Order: SVU star Mariska Hargitay and CSI: Crime Scene Investigation's Marg Helgenberger.
Two more Desperate Housewives stars, Teri Hatcher and Felicity Huffman, shared sixth place with $9 million (£6 million) each.
If you take the funniest woman on television and the sexiest woman on television, what do you get (besides an inferiority complex)? Tina Fey and Eva Longoria, of course! And all their hard work and charms are paying off...big time! Both actresses have earned top honors in Forbes magazine's list of the small screen's highest-paid actresses. The TV dynamos each earned $13 million between May 2010 and May 2011, and while they get the majority of their incomes from their highly successful shows (you may have heard of them: 30 Rock and Desperate Housewives), they also collect syndication profits as well. Basically, they're like the Donald Trump of television.
Longoria's Housewives co-stars were also high up in the rankings. Marcia Cross ranked third on the list, raking in $10 million, while Felicity Huffman and Teri Hatcher landed in tie for fifth place with $9 million in earnings. Wow, this show pays good money, although these ladies don't seem that desperate to me. For the full list of Forbes' Highest-Paid TV actresses, click here.
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Sources: US, Forbes
Tyler Perry juggles a ridiculous amount of projects and wears a ridiculous amount of hats, but man, does it pay off: Madea him-/herself is the highest paid-man in entertainment, according to a new Forbes magazine list.
Between May 2010 and 2011, Perry raked in a whopping $130 million -- more than the earnings of Nos. 2 and 3, producer Jerry Bruckheimer and Steven Spielberg.
In that year span, Perry has written, directed, produced and/or starred in various projects, including but not limited to movies Why Did I Get Married Too and Madea's Big Happy Family and his TV show House of Payne -- and when you're responsible for almost every aspect of a production the way Perry is, you reap the rewards, er, millions (and you get to show possession by putting your name before every title).
The only other actor on the list was Leonardo DiCaprio, who earned $77 million, good enough for the No. 7 spot, while Elton John and Simon Cowell rounded out the top five.
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Perry raked in $130 million (GBP81.3 million) in a year (May10-May11), thanks in part to his popular TV shows House of Payne and Meet the Browns, and he has catapulted to the top of Forbes' annual list of Entertainment's Highest-Paid Men.
Pirates of the Caribbean producer Jerry Bruckheimer came in second place with $113 million (GBP70.6 million) and legendary director Steven Spielberg took the third spot with $107 million (GBP66.9 million).
Rounding out the top five were Elton John ($100 million/GBP62.5 million) and former American Idol judge Simon Cowell ($90 million/GBP56.3 million).
Other notables on the list included Inception star Leonardo DiCaprio, who nabbed a spot at number eight ($77million/GBP48.1), and radio personality Howard Stern ($76 million/GBP47.5 million) landed in ninth spot. Tiger Woods came in 10th on the new rich list with a $75 million (GBP46.9 million) fortune.
This seems to be quite the busy year for Jason Bateman. Not only has he played the leading man in several box office hits (Horrible Bosses and The Change-Up to name a few), but now he's about to get an adorable addition to his family. The actor's rep confirms that Jason's wife, Amanda Anka, is pregnant with their second child. Surprisingly, the happy couple weren't the ones to announce the exciting news. Amanda's father, Paul Anka, let the cat out of the bag announcing "I'm going to be a grandfather again. It's another baby girl." It seems to be a week of talkative grandfathers dishing on all the baby details. The couple has been married for 10 years now and are already parents to 4-year-old daughter Francesa Nora. Congrats! - US
Speaking of being together for 10 years, that's how long Sara Gilbert and Allison Adler have been together -- until now. The couple announced yesterday that they have ended their relationship and will share custody of their two children, son Levi, 6, and daughter Sawyer, 4. While many of you probably remember Gilbert as the hilariously sarcastic daughter of Dan and Roseanne Conner on the television show Roseanne, Sara has also developed a name for herself as one of the co-hosts of the daytime show, The Talk. No reason was given as to why the long-time pair decided to part ways, but Gilbert's rep stated that the split was "completely amicable." - People
On a happier and even more interesting note, Forbes released its list of the Most Powerful Women yesterday and named Lady Gaga to be more powerful than Oprah Winfrey. And here I didn't think anyone was more powerful than Ms. O. But sure enough, the financial magazine placed Gaga at No. 11, which is apparently the highest ranking achieved by an entertainer. Meanwhile, Oprah (aka former Queen of the World) was ranked at No. 14. So even though she's the world's only female black billionaire and launched a successful television show while making more than three times as much as Gaga, ($290 million), she pales in comparison to the pop diva in one very important area: Twitter. Her 6.6 million followers doesn't hold a candle to Gaga's 12 million and counting. Oh, the power of social media. - NY Mag
The mega-rich supermodel and her sports star partner took home a joint income of $75 million (£46 million) in 2010, according to the list compiled by Forbes Magazine.
Beyonce and Jay-Z came second after they earned $70 million (£43 million). The Bootylicious singer enjoyed earnings of $34 million (£21 million) thanks to her music career and a string of high-profile fashion endorsements, and her husband took around $36 million (£22 million), which largely consisted of music earnings.
Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie earned $49 million (£30 million) between them, David and Victoria Beckham netted $44 million (£27 million), and Twilight stars Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart round out the top five with earnings of $36 million (£22 million).