Picking the top ten Victoria’s Secret models in angel history isn’t an easy task. Especially since the company has initiated the careers of a lot of the world’s most famous models. Below are the top ten choices starting with the most current models who’ve graced the runway.
Miranda Kerr, 2007 to present. Miranda is of Serbian, Iranian, Turkish and Filipino descent but born and raised in Australia. She started modeling at age thirteen after winning the Dolly Magazine Impulse Model Competition. Miranda is also featured in the exclusive 2010 Pirelli calendar. She is likewise the first ever Australian to grace the runway as an angel making her a shoe-in for either of the top ten Victoria’s Secret models.
Karolina Kurkova, 2005 to present. The green-eyed beauty is a native to Decin, Czechoslovakia (Czech Republic). Karolina is one of the youngest models ever to pose for American Vogue at the age of seventeen. Vogue also honored her with the Model of the Year award at the 2002 VH1/Vogue Fashion Awards.
Known worldwide as possibly the most remarkable source of fashion photography, Vogue magazine is iconic in its representation of the fashion industry. Founded by Arthur Baldwin Turnure in 1892 and then globalized by Conde Nast who took over in 1909, Vogue unites the fashion industry and has already been home to hundreds of fashion photographers. Oddly enough, Vogue utilized illustrated covers for four decades until the first photographed cover appeared in 1932 featuring a woman in a red bathing suit holding a beach ball. The magazine reverted back to primarily illustrated covers until 1940 when photographs became the norm after this debut.
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Throughout the fifties, fashion photography began to grow and more platforms became available to showcase fashion. This brought fashion to the people and it became a question of the importance for not only the wealthy or well-to-do; it began to grow the fashion consciousness of the average woman. Fashion photographers like Helmut Neustadter, also known as Newton, and Richard Avedon were in their prime.
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As the times changed, so did fashion. Women began to gain a good sense of purpose and independence and the seventies was an age of the “every woman" who sought to follow the latest fashion trends. Reserved as a concern and interest primarily of women, men’s fashion photography began to grow during this time as well. Fashion photography has provided a medium for everyone to catch glimpses of styles for both men and women from around the world since then.
Heidi Klum-1999 to present. Heidi is the reigning top angel of the Victoria’s Secret runway show. She ran the catwalk in 2009 four months after giving birth to her fourth child with husband Seal. The German beauty launched her career after sending pictures into a modeling competition on a dare and ended up winning.
Gisele Bü ;ndchen, 2000 to 2007. The Brazilian supermodel had either of the highest paid contracts ever in Victoria’s Secret history. In 2007, Gisele was ranked at number one on Forbes magazine listing of the fifteen highest-paid models in the world, earning five million dollars a year while under contract with Victoria’s Secret. Gisele ended her partnership with the lingerie company in the spring of 2007.
Tyra Banks, 1998 to 2005. Was the first black woman to be on the cover of Sports Illustrated. Tyra was named one of the best people in 1996 by People Magazine. She also became the first black model ever to be shown on the cover of Victoria’s Secret catalog in 1997.
People Magazine selected the Angels to be in their 2007 list of the 100 Most Beautiful People in the World award.
Stephanie Seymour, 1998 to 1999. Stephanie is known as much for her interesting dating history as she is for her lingerie modeling. John Casablancas, Axl Rose, Charlie Sheen, and Warren Beatty are just some of the men Stephanie has been reported to get involved with. Stephanie, now a mother of four still finds time to do runway shows and magazine spreads and is still regarded as one of the top models in the industry. She certainly makes a beautiful veteran on our list for the Top Ten Victoria’s Secret models.
Karen Mulder, 1998 to 1999. Karen entered the world of modeling after being a finalist in Elite Magazine’s Look of the Year worldwide competition. Karen was dubbed ‘the model with class’ by Vogue early in her career.
Helena Christensen, 1998. The sexy Danish beauty was crowned Miss Denmark at age eighteen and represented Denmark in the Miss Universe pageant in 1988. Helene may be best known as the romantic interest of Chris Isaak in the video to his song “Wicked Games, " which was also featured in MTV’s Sexiest Videos of All Time countdown.