The Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show has launched some models’ careers, and also added to already impressive net worths for some veteran catwalkers. Supermodels like Tyra Banks, Heidi Klum and Naomi Campbell have walked down the runway wearing the iconic lingerie brand, and the show has helped catapult models like Adriana Lima and Alessandra Ambrosio to new levels of success.
In honor of the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show 2017 in Shanghai, take a look back at some of the most iconic Victoria’s Secret models to walk the runway and find out why Victoria’s Secret Angels are the world’s highest-paid models.
Honorable Mention: Taylor Hill Net Worth: $6 Million
A relative newcomer to the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show, Taylor Hill didn’t crack the top 25 of wealthiest VS models — but she seems poised to climb the list. Hill first walked the Victoria’s Secret runway in 2014 and has appeared in the show every year since. The young model got her start modeling for Victoria’s Secret Pink in 2014, and got her wings the next year. Hill made Forbes’ list of highest paid models in 2016, earning $4 million through deals with the lingerie brand as well as with Lancôme, Topshop, Michael Kors watches, Miu Miu and Jimmy Choo.
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Honorable Mention: Lily Aldridge Net Worth: $8 Million
Lily Aldridge has become a Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show staple, appearing in the show every year since 2009 — and getting to wear the $2 million Fantasy Bra in the 2015 show. Outside of her modeling for Victoria’s Secret, Aldridge has starred in campaigns for Carolina Herrera, Michael Kors and Tommy Hilfiger. Forbes estimates that she earned $4 million in 2016.
25. Behati Prinsloo Net Worth: $9 Million
Behati Prinsloo walked the Victoria’s Secret runway from 2007 to 2015, and has sat out the last two shows due to pregnancies — though she is still an official Angel, so she might be back next year. Prinsloo announced in September 2017 that she was pregnant with her second child by husband Adam Levine. The couple welcomed their first child, daughter Dusty Rose, in September 2016.
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24. Irina Shayk Net Worth: $10 Million
Irina Shayk only walked the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show runway one time, in 2016, but it was a momentous debut: Shayk unofficially announced her pregnancy as she was sporting a bump during the show. The model — alongside her boyfriend, actor Bradley Cooper — welcomed their first child in March the following year.
23. Bella Hadid Net Worth: $12 Million
2017 will be Bella Hadid’s second year walking the Victoria’s Secret runway. Her participation in the show will cap off a very successful year for the model, who ranked No. 9 on Forbes’ list of world’s highest-paid models of 2017. The financial news magazine estimates that the younger Hadid sister earned $6 million this year from over a dozen modeling jobs with brands including Dior makeup, Nike and Nars cosmetics. Before making it big as a model, Hadid appeared on “The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills” — her mother Yolanda Hadid starred on the show from 2012 to 2016.
22. Eva Herzigova Net Worth: $12 Million
Model and actress Eva Herzigova last walked the Victoria’s Secret runway in 2001. Though she hasn’t modeled for Victoria’s Secret in a while, she’s still very active in the industry, appearing on the cover of several foreign editions of Elle in 2017, as well as starring in campaigns for Roberto Cavalli and Bottega Veneta. Herzigova is also a costume designer.
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21. Laetitia Casta Net Worth: $12 Million
Before she was a Victoria’s Secret model, Laetitia Casta rose to fame as a Guess girl in 1993. Casta only modeled for the lingerie brand from 1998 to 2000, but continued modeling elsewhere; she appeared in ads for Yves Saint Laurent and Nina Ricci fragrances in 2017. Casta is also an actress, and has starred in the movies “Face” and “Arbitrage.”
20. Selita Ebanks Net Worth: $12 Million
Cayman Islands-born Selita Ebanks walked the Victoria’s Secret runway for the last time in 2010 after five years of strutting her stuff in lingerie since joining the show in 2005. Ebanks had the coveted honor of wearing the Holiday Fantasy Bra in 2007, and was also featured in the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Edition that same year. Since retiring her wings, Ebanks has appeared on BET’s “Real Husbands of Hollywood” and “Celebrity Apprentice.”
19. Gigi Hadid Net Worth: $13 Million
Gigi Hadid was expected to walk in the 2017 Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show, but announced in mid-November that she would not be making it to Shanghai. According to some reports, Hadid was not able to participate in the show because China would not grant her a visa. Hadid walked in the show the two previous years, and tweeted that she can’t wait to return to the runway in 2018.
Even though she did not walk in the 2017 show, it was still an epic year for the model: she ranked as the No. 5 highest-paid model of the year, according to Forbes. Her reported $9.5 million in earnings for the year come from her numerous endorsement deals and collaborations, including her own lines with Tommy Hilfiger, Maybelline and Vogue eyewear.
18. Jourdan Dunn Net Worth: $13 Million
Jourdan Dunn has walked the runways for top designers including Prada and has appeared on the cover of Vogue Italia, but is just as known for her modeling for Victoria’s Secret as for her high-fashion gigs. Dunn modeled for Victoria’s Secret from 2012 to 2014, and her career has continued to soar after she stopped doing the show. Outside of modeling, Dunn acted in 2016’s “Zoolander 2.”
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17. Stephanie Seymour Net Worth: $15 Million
Iconic supermodel Stephanie Seymour walked the Victoria’s Secret runway from 1995 to 2000, and was an Angel for the last four years of her VS career. Seymour also appeared in the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit issue and in Playboy. In 2017, Seymour launched her own lingerie line, Raven & Sparrow, available at Barneys New York.
16. Joan Smalls Net Worth: $16 Million
Puerto Rican model Joan Smalls has walked in Fashion Weeks for high-end designers across the globe, but she’s also walked in the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show from 2011 to 2016. In 2012, Smalls co-hosted the short-lived revival of MTV’s “House of Style,” along with fellow Victoria’s Secret model Karlie Kloss.
15. Karlie Kloss Net Worth: $16 Million
Karlie Kloss returned to the Victoria’s Secret runway in 2017 following a three-year break. The supermodel previously walked in the show from 2011 to 2014. Kloss ranked No. 7 on Forbes’ 2017 list of world’s highest-paid models, with estimated earnings of $9 million for the year. She has modeling contracts with Swarovski, Adidas and Express, and has covered Vogue’s U.S. and international editions a total of 36 times. Kloss — when not busy palling around as part of Taylor Swift’s “girl squad” — lives to give back: She is also the founder of Kode with Klossy, a non-profit that teaches women and girls about computer programming.
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14. Karolina Kurkova Net Worth: $16 Million
Karolina Kurkova has walked in eight Victoria’s Secret Fashion shows spanning from 2001 to 2010, and has worn the Fantasy Bra twice — first in 2002, and again in 2006. The Czech Republic-born model continues to star in ad campaigns and walk in high-end designer runway shows, and has been the face of such brands as Louis Vuitton, Valentino, Chanel, Tommy Hilfiger and Yves Saint Laurent.
13. Rosie Huntington-Whitely Net Worth: $16 Million
Before starring as an actress in “Transformers: Dark of the Moon” and “Mad Max: Fury Road,” Rosie Huntington-Whitely modeled in the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show from 2006 to 2010. Even though she no longer models for the lingerie brand, Huntington-Whitely’s career is still going strong: she tied with Gigi Hadid for 2017’s fifth highest-paid model in the world, according to Forbes. The British model and actress has appeared in campaigns for Ugg, Nirav Modi jewelry and Burberry fragrances, but the majority of her earnings come from a cut of the sales from her lingerie, makeup and fragrance lines with Marks & Spencers. Huntington-Whitely welcomed her first child, son Jack Oscar, with fiancé actor Jason Statham in June 2017.
12. Kendall Jenner Net Worth: $18 Million
Kendall Jenner successfully turned her reality star career into a modeling career, and walked the runway at the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show in 2015 and 2016. Jenner did not walk in the 2017 show, reportedly because her contract with lingerie brand La Perla has a no-compete clause that prevented her from participating. Despite her absence from the VS show, the “Keeping Up With the Kardashians” star is having her most lucrative year ever: the model topped Forbes’ 2017 list of world’s highest-paid models, with her estimated earnings at $22 million. Jenner has landed modeling contracts with Estée Lauder, Adidas and more, and adds to her income with her reality show salary plus social media endorsements and her Kendall + Kylie clothing line.
11. Marisa Miller Net Worth: $20 Million
Marisa Miller first made her mark in the modeling world as a Sports Illustrated swimsuit model, and made her Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show debut in 2007. She walked in the show for three years, and wore the Fantasy Bra in 2009 during her last show. Outside of her modeling career, Miller has made appearances on “Entourage” and “How I Met Your Mother.”
10. Cara Delevingne Net Worth: $21 Million
Cara Delevingne modeled for Victoria’s Secret during the 2012 and 2013 shows, and has since landed contracts with Armani Exchange, Burberry, Jimmy Choo and Dior Beauty. She also has a successful acting career, having starred in films such as “Paper Towns” and “Suicide Squad.” Delevingne is set to star in the upcoming television series “Carnival Row.”
9. Doutzen Kroes Net Worth: $24 Million
Doutzen Kroes has walked in eight Victoria’s Secret Fashion Shows between 2005 and 2014. Kroes was an Angel from 2008 through her retirement in 2015, though she never was selected to wear the Fantasy Bra. The Dutch beauty continues to work as a model, and walked in shows for L’Oreal and Versace in 2017. Forbes estimates that Kroes earned $6 million in 2016, thanks to modeling contracts with L’Oréal and Tiffany & Co.
8. Candice Swanepoel Net Worth: $25 Million
2017 is Candice Swanepoel’s 10th year strutting down the Victoria’s Secret runway. The Angel has been in the show every year since 2007, with the exception of 2016 when she sat the show out after giving birth to her son earlier that year. Swanepoel wore a Fantasy Bra worth $10 million during the 2013 Fashion Show. The model earned an estimated $7 million in 2016, according to Forbes, thanks to contracts with Biotherm, Maxfactor, Versace and Givenchy fragrances, in addition to Victoria’s Secret.
7. Miranda Kerr Net Worth: $45 Million
Miranda Kerr walked in six Victoria’s Secret Fashion Shows between 2006 and 2012, and the Australian model wore the Fantasy Bra in 2011. Outside of her modeling for the lingerie brand, Kerr has landed lucrative contracts with Wonderbra and Escada fragrances. She also has her own line of skincare products, Kora Organics. Kerr married Snapchat CEO Evan Spiegel — whose net worth is $4 billion — in May 2017.
6. Alessandra Ambrosio Net Worth: $60 Million
Alessandra Ambrosio announced after the 2017 Fashion Show that she would be hanging up her Angel wings. “Words cannot describe how grateful I am to have been working for this amazing brand that inspires me and women all over the world,” she posted on Instagram. Ambrosio first walked the show in 2001, and has walked in 15 VS Fashion Shows since. Ambrosio has worn the Fantasy Bra twice — in 2012 and in 2014, alongside fellow Angel Adriana Lima. Her time with Victoria’s Secret has been lucrative for the Brazilian bombshell: Forbes estimated she earned $5 million in 2016, most of which came from her contract with the lingerie brand.
5. Naomi Campbell Net Worth: $60 Million
Naomi Campbell had achieved supermodel status long before she walked the Victoria’s Secret runway for her first of three times in 2002. The London-born model has appeared on over 500 magazine covers, and has scored campaigns with Burberry, Prada, Chanel and more. Campbell continues to model, and has dabbled in music as well as acted, appearing on “Empire” from 2015 to 2016.
4. Adriana Lima Net Worth: $75 Million
Adriana Lima has walked in the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show 18 times, and boasts the longest Angel career of any model. Lima has worn the Fantasy Bra three times — tied with Heidi Klum for most times modeling the coveted lingerie piece. And Victoria’s Secret has paid her for her loyalty: Lima claimed the No. 4 spot on Forbes’ 2017 list of world’s highest-paid models with $10.5 million in earnings this year, the majority of which comes from the lingerie brand. The Brazilian model also has contracts with Sportmax and Marc Jacobs fragrances, and hosts Lifetime’s “American Beauty Star.”
3. Heidi Klum Net Worth: $90 Million
Before she was the host and executive producer of “Project Runway,” Heidi Klum regularly walked down the Victoria’s Secret runway. The German model has walked in the show numerous times between 1999 and 2009, and wore the Fantasy Bra three times during her Victoria’s Secret career. Klum now has a lingerie line of her own, Heidi Klum Intimates, and a collaboration with New Balance. In addition to hosting “Project Runway,” Klum is a judge on “America’s Got Talent” and a host on “Germany’s Next Top Model.”
2. Tyra Banks Net Worth: $90 Million
Tyra Banks had already started hosting “America’s Next Top Model” by the time she hung up her Angel wings in 2005. The supermodel has walked in a total of nine Victoria’s Secret Fashion Shows, and wore the Fantasy Bra in 1997 and 2004. Banks — known for her frugal lifestyle despite her top-model title — will return as the host of “America’s Next Top Model” for the upcoming season after a two-season break. She is also the founder of the “beautytainment” brand Tyra Beauty, and will executive produce and star in the upcoming movie “Life-Size 2.”
1. Gisele Bündchen Net Worth: $360 Million
Gisele Bündchen was the ultimate Victoria’s Secret Angel from 1999 to 2006, when she retired her wings after completing her record-breaking $25 million contract with the brand. But Bündchen’s modeling career is far from over. The Brazilian supermodel was the highest paid model in the world from 2002 to 2016, and Forbes estimates that her 2017 earnings were $17.5 million thanks to modeling contracts with Carolina Herrera, Arezzo shoes and Vivara jewelry. In addition to her modeling success, she has also acted in “Taxi” and “The Devil Wears Prada.” Bündchen has two children with her NFL-player husband, Tom Brady.
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