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.
The reality TV star carved out a career in fashion by joining Simmons' Phat Farm firm and designing for the Baby Phat brand.
She stayed on as creative director after the company was sold in 2004 as part of a massive $140 million (£93.3 million) deal, but she has now quit to pursue other fashion projects.
Lee says in a statement, "It's time for me to move on and further expand my other businesses and create a new phenomenon. I adore all those who have faithfully been with me since the beginning. I'm forever dedicated to my family, fans, and customers."