The annual Victoria’s Secret Fashion Shows are a huge deal as everyone knows. This is the most prestigious gig a model can land and it opens doors of countless opportunities for them. It doesn’t hurt that these shows pay a handsome amount as well. VS shows are known for their expensive (and revealing) outfits, an amazing entertainment lineup and events filled with colors and loads of drama. Being awarded Angel’s Wings are an even bigger deal which is given to the most highly regarded and valuable models in the show. Only 14 winged angels walked the runway during the VS Fashion Show of 2016. Following is a list of top 10 highest earning Victoria’s Secret Angels.
10. Martha Hunt- $2 million
Born in 1989, she was discovered by a photographer Charlotte, who introduced her to various agencies in New York. Hunt moved to NY and signed a contract with IMG Models. She has walked the Victoria’s Secret fashion shows in 2013, 2014 and 2015. She earned her wings in 2015 and has since been a Victoria’s Secret Angel. She has featured in various commercials by some of the top brands in the country including names like Miu Miu, Santa Lolla, Max&Co, Express, Ralph Lauren, Prada, rag & bone, and Juicy Couture. She has been diagnosed with Scoliosis and talks about her surgical scars, “Scars are uniquely beautiful, and they tell a triumphant story about you. I have a long one down my back, and one on my lower right abdomen.”
9. Taylor Hill — $4 million
This 21 year old girl-next-door from Colorado was discovered at a very young age of 14. She has since then walked the runway for Intimissimi’s catalogue, has become the face of Barbara Palvin, been a Vogue cover star and became the face of Topshop’s AW16 campaign in July 2016. She walked her first VS runway in 2014, has been voted the most promising model and has also won model of the year award. She also hosted the VS show on PINK, where she was given her angel wings.
8. Jasmine Tookes — $4 million
This 25 year old is one of the only three all white models, the other two also being VS models, who made it to Forbes’ highest-earning list in 2016. She started out her modeling career at the age of 15 although that is not what she had in mind career wise. She was more interested in gymnastics, volley ball and soft ball. She did various advertisements in 2010 and 2011 and was picked up by Victoria’s Secret in 2012. She has walked the runways for various fashion power houses like Carolina Herrera, Ralph Lauren, Ermanno Scervino, Armani and Burberry. She became a Victoria’s Secret Angel in 2015.
7. Lily Aldridge — $4 million
American born, 30 year old Lily Aldridge has been an Angel for quite some time now. She walked her first Victoria’s Secret show in 2009, and became an Angel the following year. At the age of 17 she made it to the cover of Spanish edition of Vogue’s magazine and was also featured on other magazines like Elle Korea, Elle Mexico and Glamour French edition. When asked what the most glamorous part of her job was she answered, “The beautiful locations,” according to her VS profile. The least favorite part? “Getting to the beautiful locations,” obviously.
6. Joan Smalls — $4.5 million
Puerto Rican Joan Smalls was ranked at #8 on Forbes magazine’s “World’s Highest-Paid Models” list in 2013. She is also the first Latina model to represent Estée Lauder cosmetics in their worldwide campaigns. Smalls began modeling for Victoria’s Secret in 2010 and has walked their runways for the annual Victoria’s Secret Fashion Shows from 2011 to 2016. She has modeled for fashion houses such as Moschino, Miu Miu, Bottega Veneta, Oscar De La Renta, DVF, Tommy Hilfiger Chanel, Prada, Gucci and Marc Jacobs. She is very much into philanthropy as well and is involved with a non-profit organization called Project Sunshine, which provides help to children with medical needs.
5. Alessandra Ambrosio — $5 million
This 36 year old is a veteran Victoria’s Secret model and first took to their runway in 2004. The Brazilian beauty started her career at the age of 12 and has received proper modeling classes. She has channeled her natural beauty for names like Calvin Klein, Gucci, Dolce & Gabbana, Oscar de la Renta and Dior to name a few. She was chosen as the first spokes-model for the Victoria’s Secret’s PINK line. Often called as one of the sexiest women alive, Alessandra was chosen in May 2007as one of People magazine’s annual “100 Most Beautiful People in the World”. In the 2008 edition of the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show, she walked the runway just three months after delivering her first baby. In 2012, Ambrosio was chosen to wear the “Floral Fantasy Bra” which was estimated at $2.5 million.
4. Liu Wen — $7 million
The first Asian model to walk the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show runway, 28 year old Chinese Liu Wen is also the first Asian model to be listed by the Forbe’s magazine. She first started modeling as a side job but soon took it up full time when she was picked up bigger names such as Vogue magazine and Apple. She became the first person in the world to showcase an Apple Watch on a magazine cover. She is also the first Asian model to be dubbed the “New Supermodel” and has become one of the highest paid models in the Asian community. She is also the first spokes-model of East Asian descent for Estée Lauder. American Vogue remarked in an April 2014 article that Liu Wen had “by far, the biggest social-media audience of any model”.
3. Gigi Hadid — $9 million
Half Palestinian, 21 year old Jelena Noura Hadid or as people know her, Gigi Hadid, is the eldest of the Hadid supermodel sisters. She began modeling at as early an age as 2 years old for Baby Gap but put it on hold to focus on her studies. She returned in 2011 and took the modeling industry by a storm by being a natural in front of the camera. She made her debut in the Top 50 Models ranking at Models.com in 2014 and was named International Model of the Year by the British Fashion Council in 2016. She also walked for Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show in 2016 for the second time where she got her Angel wings. She has walked for fashion houses like Chanel, Elie Saab, Fendi, Marc Jacobs, Balmain, Diane Von Furstenberg, Tommy Hilfiger, Fenty x Puma, Isabel Marant, and Giambattista Valli. Gigi became the global brand ambassador for Tommy Hilfiger for campaigns of underwear, apparel and fragrances in 2016. Hadid has appeared on countless magazine covers like Vogue, Teen Vogue, Elle and Harper’s Bazaar the US version as well as other country editions. She revealed in 2014 that she was diagnosed with Hashimoto’s disease.
2. Kendall Jenner— $10 million
21 year old Kendal Jenner was a household name because of her regular appearance in Keeping up with the Kardashians even before she became the third highest earning overall model in the world (according to Forbe’s 2016 ranking) and the second highest paid Victoria’s Secret model. Jenner is one the most well-known names in a movement called the “Instagirl era” by Vogue magazine or as Harper’s Bazaar calls it “Social Media Modeling” where models are chosen because of their online presence and following. However, Kendal Jenner has proven that she has more raw talent than anyone around. She has walked runways for a multitude of fashion designers during multiple fashion shows at Milan, Paris and New York since 2014. In November 2014, Jenner became an official Estée Lauder representative. She has walked for Chanel, Alexander Wang, Diane von Fürstenberg, Donna Karan, Vera Wang, Oscar de la Renta, Giles Deacon, Fendi, N°21, Balmain, the annual Dosso Dossi Fashion Show in Antalya, Turkey, Givenchy, Elie Saab, and Ports 1961. She is one of the top 15 most followed celebrities on Instagram as of April, 2017.
1.Adriana Lima — $10.5 million
This 35 year old gorgeous woman has been a Victoria’s Secret Angel since 1999 and is their longest running model. She has also been cited as the “most valuable Victoria’s Secret model” in 2017. In 2012, she opened the annual Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show only two months after giving birth to her second baby. She has also been a spokes-model for Maybelline cosmetics since 2003. Her career took off at the age of 15 when she won Ford’s “Supermodel of Brazil” competition and stood second the following year in the Ford “Supermodel of the World” competition. Lima has been the world’s second highest-paid model since 2014 and is also ranked by Models.com as one of the New Supers in the fashion industry. Lima is also heavily involved in charitable work with an orphanage, “Caminhos da Luz” (meaning Paths of Light), located in Salvador.