17 Latina Models Who Have Dominated Victoria’s Secret
The Victoria’s Secret catalogue and Fashion Show, which has been an annual event since 1995, regularly features a bevy of gorgeous Latinas. Whether they’re catalog models or have risen up the ranks to become a Victoria’s Secret Angel, there are tons of Latinas that have achieved incredible success with this company. Today we’re going to explore some of our favorite Latina models that have posed or walked for Victoria’s Secret.
1. Gisele Bündchen
Undoubtedly the most famous Angel of all time is Gisele Bündchen, who became one of the highest-paid models in the world after her debut with Victoria’s Secret in 2000. Born in Horizontina, in the south of Brazil, alongside a large family (she has five sisters!), she was discovered in a mall in Sao Paulo in 1993. Because of her gorgeous curves, she is credited with ending the era of straight sized mdels, and ushering in a new age of voluptuous runway shows.
2. Arlenis Sosa
Arlenis Sosa moved from the Dominican Republic to New York City in 2008, and started her modeling career immediately- she appeared at the Met Ball within a week of signing with an agency. She appeared in the 2008 Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show, where she wore an orange bra and panties with a modish fringe jacket. Since then, she has walked for incredible designers like Jason Wu and Anna Sui, and has been a spokesmodel for Lancôme for ten years.
3. Adriana Lima
Adriana Lima is one of Victoria’s Secret’s most well-known models. She was hired as an Angel in 1999, and has been with the company ever since. Lima is so dedicated to her work as a model that she walked the 2012 Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show just two months after giving birth to her second child. Born in Salvador, Brazil, Lima is fluent in four languages- Portuguese, English, Italian, and Spanish. Unfortunately, she walked her 20th and last Victoria’s Secret show in November 2018.
4. Joan Smalls
Another highly-paid, extremely valuable model is Joan Smalls, a Puerto Rican model who first appeared in a Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show in 2011. She was recently ranked the 8th-highest paid model in the world. Smalls grew up and attended university in Puerto Rico, then moved to NYC in 2007. She’s appeared in the VS Fashion Show six times between 2011 and 2016, and also appeared in the 2015 Victoria’s Secret Swim Special.
5. Alessandra Ambrosio
Alessandra Ambrosio has walked in 17 Victoria’s Secret Fashion Shows, and recently posted an emotional Instagram post about her decision to move on after being with the company for almost two decades. The Brazilian beauty wore the Fantasy bra twice, and once walked the show in the heaviest wings ever made- the Passion Play Fan Wings, which were covered in Swarovski crystals and weighed 30 pounds.
6. Ines Rivero
Ines Rivero got her start at the age of 14, in a local fashion show in her hometown of Cordoba, Argentina. She signed with Victoria’s Secret in 1998, becoming one of the first generation of Angels alongside Heidi Klum and Tyra Banks. In 2012, she decided to switch careers, and became a judge on the reality TV show Model Latina South Beach.
7. Daniela Braga
Daniela Braga’s first VS Fashion Show was in 2014, and since then she’s appeared in the show four times. Born in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Braga is the star of E! network’s Model Squad, a show that’s helping to bring awareness to the issue of diversity within the fashion industry.
8. Sessilee Lopez
27-year-old Sessilee Lopez was born in Philly to parents who immigrated from the Dominican Republic. She made her runway debut in 2004, but it took another four years to make it to the elite stage of the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show. Pro photographer Steven Meisel considers her his muse.
9. Barbara Fialho
Barbara Fialho has walked in at least two segments of every Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show since her debut in 2012. This Brazilian bombshell most recently strutted the runway in a set of ‘wings’ made of metal stars, accompanied by studded thigh-high boots. In the same show, she also wore an orange-lined duster coat atop a silvery bra and panties.
10. Izabel Goulart
Although her professional name is Izabel Goulart, this model was actually born Maria Izabel Goulart Dourado. Hailing from Sao Carlo, Brazil, she’s walked in an unbelievable 12 consecutive shows, from 2005 to 2016. Her very first outfit was a candy cane fantasy with red and white striped wings, and red stockings under silver stilettos. In 2016, she led the closing parade at the Rio Summer Olympics.
11. Helena Christensen
Helena Christensen was born to a Danish father and a Peruvian mom, and grew up speaking five languages- Danish, Spanish, English, French, and German. This multi-lingual stunner started her modeling career in Paris, and soon became one of the most popular supermodels of the 90s. She walked in both the 1997 and 1998 VS Fashion Shows.
12. Isabeli Fontana
35-year-old Isabeli Fontana was a fixture of the VS Fashion Show between 2003 and 2014. Born in Curitiba, Brazil, to Italian parents, she moved to Milan at the age of 14 to pursue a modeling career. She was only 16 when she first appeared in a Victoria’s Secret catalogue, and as a result of the controversy, Victoria’s Secret promised not to use models that were under the age of 18.
13. Omahyra Mota
Omahyra Mota is a Dominican model who walked in the 2001 Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show. Professionally, she’s often known by just her first name. After working as a model for several years, she transitioned into acting full time, appearing as Arclight in X-Men: The Last Stand in 2006.
14. Janeice Dilone
Janeice Dilone, who often goes by simply Dilone professionally, was born in New York City to a large family of Dominican heritage. Despite only being 24 years old, she’s walked in two consecutive VS Fashion Shows in 2016 and 2017. In her debut season, she walked in over 50 fashion shows.
15. Lais Ribeiro
Born in Brazil, Lais Ribeiro dreamed of being a Victoria’s Secret Angel since she was little. The 6-foot nurse-turned-model first walked for VS in 2010, and has appeared in the VS Fashion Show seven times. In 2015, she wore the $2 million Champagne Nights Fantasy Bra, which was set with thousands of yellow diamonds, sapphires, and topaz.
16. Daniela de Jesus Cosio
Born in Mexico, Daniela de Jesus Cosio’s career started when she placed second in the Nuestra Belleza Mexico pageant in 2005. She’s represented by six separate modeling agencies, and splits her energy between runway shows and print advertisements. She’s appeared in Victoria’s Secret ad campaigns in addition to her work for Abercrombie & Fitch, L’Oreal, and Ralph Lauren.
17. Flavia de Oliveira
Born in Londrina, Brazil, Flavia de Oliveira has walked in five VS Fashion Shows between 2006 and 2011. This green-eyed beauty only ever wore one pair of wings, which were made of pleated black tulle. Since her time with Victoria’s Secret, she’s walked shows for Missoni, Dior, and Chanel.
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