We’re entering the season of giving—and Victoria’s Secret is certainly no stranger to this festive time, celebrating it in grand style with a glitzy nationally broadcast lingerie show highlighted by the appearance of their elite group of all-star models known as Angels.
For the models, it’s an opportunity for greater exposure—in more ways than one—that often catapults them to megastar status. And for the fans, it’s a gift like no other, as some of the world’s most beautiful women strut their stuff on the catwalk. We take a look back and present the top 10 Victoria’s Secret Angels ever.
Goulart is the first of four Brazilian bombshells to crack this list. She initially gained mainstream recognition when she began modeling for Victoria’s Secret in the middle part of the last decade. Since then, Izabel has appeared on HBO’s Entourage, as well as in a brief cameo role as Charlie Harper’s date in Two and a Half Men. With Goulart on his arm, Charlie Sheen’s character was certainly winning like never before—or since. WATCH: Izabel Goulart reel >>>
This French beauty first captured the hearts of men worldwide in the early 1990s as a GUESS girl before moving on to work with practically every other top designer in the industry. While we’re only a few years into this decade, Laetitia’s star is clearly on the rise. Casta's career extends to acting, with dozens of roles in European films—notably in 2015's Des Apaches—as well as the English-language Lionsgate 2012 thriller, Arbitrage, opposite Richard Gere. WATCH: Laetitia Casta reel >>>
The first of three original Victoria’s Secret Angels to make our top 10, Daniela is arguably the closest thing to a recluse that you’ll find on this list. Of course, that hasn’t stopped this blond Czech beauty from becoming one of the most accomplished models in history—she's the only Victoria’s Secret model to be featured on the cover of the annual Sports Illustrated swimsuit issue on three separate spectacular occasions. WATCH: Daniela Pestova reel >>>
Ever think that some of these ladies would make perfect Bond girls? You'd have a point—Brazilian babe Ambrosio has had a very made her big-screen debut Casino Royale, followed up with appearances on Entourage, How I Met Your Mother, and an upcoming role in Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2. WATCH: Alessandra Ambrosio reel
Another member of the original grouping of five Angels, Seymour originally rose to stardom winning an Elite Model contest. Hailing from sunny California, her initial foray into acting was in music videos (starred opposite her then-boyfriend, Axl Rose). She made her film debut in Pollock, and even landed a role in the NBC drama Law & Order: Criminal Intent. WATCH: Stephanie Seymour reel
Adriana completes the grand slam of Brazilians on our top 10 list. The better half of former NBA player Marko Jaric, she’s also appeared in such shows as How I Met Your Mother and Ugly Betty. Besides her top-tier modeling work—she regularly lights up the catwalk at the VS Swim Special and VS Fashion Show—her Super Bowl ads have made her one of the biggest stars of Super Bowl Sunday on more than one occasion. WATCH: Adriana Lima reel
The third and final original Angel to crack our list, this California native has transcended the modeling industry. Banks not only executive produced and hosted America’s Next Top Model, but also hosted her very own eponymous talk show. And as if being in the limelight weren't enough, she's also appeared in multiple movies, authored books, released several singles, and made appearances in such television shows as The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, Just Shoot Me, and Punk’d. WATCH: Tyra Banks reel >>>
Bundchen is routinely ranked as one of the highest-paid models of this century and may be one of Brazil’s best-known exports. (New England Patriots fans will also know her as the occasionally outspoken better half of quarterback Tom Brady.) When she’s not gracing the covers of the world's biggest fashion magaiznes—or occasionally rooting for her husband at Gillette Stadium—Bundchen keeps busy with foreign-language documentary work and video series. (Plus, hey, there was that cameo in The Devil Wears Prada.) WATCH: Gisele Bundchen reel >>>
Miller makes us all wish they could be California girls. She first caught the world’s attention as an aptly named Perfect 10 model. From there, she's appeared in shows like How I Met Your Mother, Gary Unmarried, and Entourage, plus the regular rounds on the late-night talk show circuit. Oh yeah—and she was recently crowned as Men’s Fitness readers’ favorite swimsuit model of all-time. WATCH: Marisa Miller reel
Believe it or not, Klum took the world by storm as a brunette. (Later, of course, she went blonde.) Whatever her hair color is, there’s no denying this German native’s sizzling sex appeal. Aside from producing and starring Project Runway and serving as a judge in America's Got Talent, she’s also made countless television appearances in such shows as Desperate Housewives, How I Met Your Mother, and CSI Miami. Heidi Klum reel