Alessandra Ambrosio, Adriana Lima, and Candice Swanepoel are just a few of the famous faces – and, of course, bodies – you’ll see walking the runway of The Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show or gracing the cover of magazines. And last November, even Gigi Hadid and Kendall Jenner made an appearance in the Paris-based show. It was certainly what you would call an affair to remember. But let’s be honest here, if you had a magic wand that could zap your personal flaws and you would suddenly be sculpted into a Victoria's Secret model, would you be up for the challenge? No questions asked, give me the wand! These women are gorgeous, mesmerizing, and as real as it gets. But behind their stunning good looks, is whole lot of secrets. Here are 15 secrets you had no idea about your favorite angels!
15 Alessandra Ambrosio Had Botched Plastic Surgery At 11 Years Old
One fact that’s sure to blow your mind about model Alessandra Ambrosio is that she had plastic surgery at just 11 years old. You're probably wondering what could this stunner possibly need surgery on? Ambrosio had always wanted to be a model, and decided to fix her ears which she said "stuck out a bit" by having them pinned back. Unfortunately, the procedure wasn’t a positive one for Ambrosio. ‘’I found this doctor in my hometown in Brazil who had only done it once before, so I was a guinea pig," she told Net-A-Porter's, The Edit. "The first few nights, it felt like someone had cut off my ears. For a year, I had to go back for mini-surgeries." Understandably, the Brazilian beauty decided then and there to never undergo a similar procedure again. Even if that included fixing the botched procedure.
14 Adriana Lima Originally Wanted A Career In Medicine
The name Adriana Lima is almost synonymous with Victoria’s Secret. We’ve always known her to be a Victoria's Secret angel and it would be hard for us to imagine her as anything else. However, according to an interview with GQ, Lima originally wanted a career in medicine and was also interested in studying to be a pediatrician. She actually got into modelling by mistake because at the time, she claimed she was 'too young' to know what she wanted. We wonder if she regrets it? HA! We're going to go with a big fat no. This woman's looks have made her millions of dollars, notoriety, amazing connections within the fashion industry and so on. I'm sure a piece of her will always wonder about becoming a pediatrician, but modeling has brought her more good than bad.
13 Gisele Bundchen Is The Best-Paid Model In The World
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Gisele Bundchen was, at one point, earning around $5 million as a Victoria's Secret model, making her the best paid Victoria’s Secret model in history. But she’s not just the best-paid Victoria's Secret angel, she’s also the highest paid model in the world – and for the 14th time in a row, according to Forbes’ Top Paid Models List for 2016. While she may have been earning $5 million per year as a Victoria's Secret model, the statistics say she makes $30.5 million annually. This is most likely thanks to her contracts with big brands like Chanel, Pantene, and Carolina Herrera. She is certainly a bonafide model and her earnings show how in demand she is. We wonder which top model could ever surpass her image or her earnings?
12 The Average Victoria's Secret Model Is 5'10
The average woman is approximately 5 foot 4. The average Victoria’s Secret model, on the other hand, is 5 foot 10. With those long legs and hips, it's no surprise that these amazons are tall. What we’d do to have legs like theirs! The only downfall to long legs (or being tall in general) is finding clothes that fit correctly and, well, shaving your legs probably takes an hour. But with bodies like theirs, it's clear these women work incredibly hard to look the way that they do. (Then again, the amount of airbrushing that goes into advertisements these days helps a tad we're sure.) But we've all seen their street style in the tabloids and online, so it's obvious they're still absolutely gorgeous - with or without the airbrushing.
11 Jasmine Tookes Modeled The $3 Million Fireworks Fantasy Bra
The Fireworks Fantasy Bra is no ordinary bra. It's decorated with over 9,000 precious gems and set with emeralds and diamonds in 18-karat gold. Now can you see why this new creation by Victoria’s Secret is no ordinary bra? It was seen for the first time during the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show in Paris on December 5th of last year, modeled by Jasmine Tookes. And just as you would imagine, it looked incredible. Sure, Victoria’s Secret models could probably pull off a potato bag if they wanted to, but this bra indeed looks amazing and we’re sure it’s worth every penny - even if that means spending $3 million to own it. But one thing's for sure: Jasmine Tookes looks a million dollars wearing the Fireworks Fantasy Bra. Can you imagine how crazy it would feel to know you’re wearing $3 million worth of lingerie? I doubt it's comfortable, but it's gorgeous.
10 Sara Sampaio Is A Brown Belt In Karate
We have said it before and we’ll say it again, these Victoria's Secret models aren’t just pretty faces. There’s a lot more to them than you may think. For example, we never knew that Victoria's Secret model Sara Sampaio is a brown belt in karate. Did you? While Sampaio looks all angelic on the catwalk, in magazines, and on the red carpet, she’s certainly someone you would not want to mess with. With her karate abilities, she could kick anyones ass. And when she’s not kicking ass in her karate lessons, she’s kicking it on the Victoria’s Secret catwalk with her stunning looks and awesome bod! And maybe, just maybe, her awesome body has something to do with her karate workouts...we’ll have to give it a try and see if we get the same results.
9 You Know That Gorgeous Victoria's Secret Hair? It’s Fake
Aside from their great bodies, one of the first things you will notice about the Victoria's Secret models is how great their hair looks. Long, bouncy, and beautifully fixed. Just looking at them, you would assume you need perfect hair to even try and be an angel. The truth is, it’s perfect because it’s not real. Or at least, it’s not all real. You see, all of the Victoria's Secret models wear hair extensions which, according to Bisutti, take hours to put in. Sure, the Victoria's Secret models look perfect as per usual, but that perfection comes at a great cost (and time). It takes a lot of time and effort to look that great. So before you get all down and depressed about your hair not being able to compete with their's (even on a good day), just remember one thing: they have a full team of professional stylists who do it for them!
8 The Models Chow Down Burgers When Their Wings Come Off
Strutting down the catwalk of the 2016 Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show can’t be easy work. After all that preparation and the actual act of modeling, we bet it can leave you feeling pretty ravished. Gigi Hadid, Kendall Jenner, and Bella Hadid certainly thought so according to social media. That’s why they did some serious burger chowing after the show. That’s right! The angels were far from angelic with their post-show meal which consisted of, well, lots of burgers. As soon as their wings came off, you could find the three Victoria's Secret models chowing down burgers at a Paris burger spot for their after-show meal. Hey, give them a break! Everybody deserves a little treat every now and then and these girls work damn hard. They're entitled to be a little devilish at times.
7 Nearly All The Models Are Airbrushed Before They Go On Stage
Here’s another fact about the Victoria's Secret models that may make you feel better about yourself: most of the models are airbrushed prior to going on stage. So the next time you pine over their flawless bodies, just remember that they have a team of stylists helping them look that effortless. Thanks to airbrushing, appearances of discolorations, cellulite, and other flaws are simply "erased," leaving them looking pretty flawless. Can we get this company's number?! We know plenty of parties and events where looking airbrushed could come in handy. Truthfully, this group of women don't need the airbrushing though. You can physically see their muscles with every step they take. These girls are in kick-ass shape and could teach us a lesson or two. I would love to know what changes most for them when a big show is coming up.
6 The Models Work Out Every Day
If you had hundreds of cameras pointed at you while appearing in lingerie, wouldn’t you want to look your best? Hell, they have pictures of them taken when they're just running to the grocery store. All of us must admit that if we were in the same situation, we’d most likely put in that extra bit of effort at the gym. We would want to look toned and slender in our lingerie. But in order to gain the sculpted body of a Victoria’s Secret model, you need to put in a lot of effort and we’re not just talking five or six squats. One hundred squats is more like it. The fact that working out every single day is part of their job description is the reason I'm not an angel. Their body is their job and if it's not in great shape, some other hot model is going to take their spot. That’s why most models workout every day, especially when the countdown to the annual fashions show is coming up.
5 Their Diet Is Intense
There really is no point in doing intense workouts if you’re not going to combine it with a clean diet. Diet and exercise come hand in hand. You really can’t miss out on either if you want great results. And the Victoria's Secret models are more than aware of that, which is why their diet is equally as intense and rigid as their workout regime. One Elle magazine editor even tested the waters of a Victoria's Secret model's diet - which pretty much followed this pattern: shake, vegetables, shake, vegetables. So yeah, it isn’t the most interesting diet of them all, but if you want to get great results and want your body to resemble that of a Victoria's Secret model, you can’t expect to get it without serious compromise. The question is, is it really worth it? Don't they miss tacos!?
4 Victoria's Secret Models Drink Alcohol Before Shows
Alcohol has multiple effects on your body. And loosening up is one of those things. That's why you see so many people at Happy Hour after a grueling day of work. They're trying to loosen up! We tend to feel more confident, giddy, and the stress we had melts away. That is, until, we sober up. And although I am not recommending you sip alcohol before big events, but as the saying goes, everything is okay in moderation. That’s probably why it isn’t a big deal that Victoria's Secret models drink a glass of champaign or two before they go on stage to get ready for the night! After working that tirelessly and having that much pressure on you for one event, I think a glass of bubbly is warranted. Hopefully the girls don't drink too much, can you imagine falling in those heels in front of the entire world!? No thanks.
3 Izabel Goulart Speaks Three languages
These Victoria’s Secret models are smart cookies. And Victoria's Secret model Izabel Goulart proves she’s much more than just a pretty face. Did you know she speaks three different languages? She’s actually fluent in English, French, and Portuguese. In an interview for GQ, she said she’s also interested in learning Italian. So, you see, despite the fact that she’s gorgeous and a bonafide supermodel, she’s also highly intelligent and keen on learning. Sure, it would be great to look as good as Goulart looks in a bikini, but it’s also important to possess knowledge. Nobody wants a great body with an air head. It's important to train your brain as much as you train your body. And it seems Goulart really does have both, beauty and brains. It's kind of nuts how simple she makes it all seem. Speaking three languages on top of being a super model? She might just be our dream girl.
2 Behati Prinsloo Is A Minster’s daughter
Opening the #vsfashionshow for the first time was a dream come true opening twice in a row was just NUTS, still pinching myself. To the girls and crew, good luck in Paris, me and Dusty Rose will be cheering. I know the blood sweat and tears that goes into the making of this show and also being in it, this would have been my 10th year 🙊 I can't believe it. Love you all, have fun in Paris and see you next year!!!! 💃🏼🍾 @victoriassecret @10magazine @ed_razek @johndavidpfeiffer @monica.mitro
These Victoria's Secret model facts just keep getting more and more interesting. For instance, did you know that Behati Prinsloo is the daughter of a minister? Prinsloo’s father was head of a Church in Namibia – and Namibia, by the way, was where she was raised. We can’t help but wonder what her father thinks of her profession these days, but we hope her family would be proud. Anyway, it’s always interesting to hear about the backgrounds behind these models and get to know where they came from and more about their roots. It puts more meaning to the identity than just looks. Now that Behati is married and a mother to a daughter, Dusty Rose, it would be sweet to see Behati keeping her Namibian roots alive – whether that's by visiting her home country every couple of years or teaching her child to be a free spirit as she is.
1 Candice Swanepoel Grew Up On A Farm In South Africa
While you spent your childhood playing with your Barbie's, action men, PlayStation's or whatever else was around when you were young, Victoria's Secret model Candice Swanepoel spent her childhood birthing cows. You didn’t expect us to say that now, did you? She grew up on a dairy and beef farm in South Africa and spent her childhood getting her hands dirty. So, while her career may look glamorous, her childhood appeared to be anything but, which explains her carefree nature and whys she's so down to Earth. People say growing up with animals is one of the best things for your well-being, and it clearly worked out well for Candice! Like Behati, Candice is also a new mother and we hope she keeps the South African spirit and pride in her growing family.