Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show Models Power Ranking – 2008
Tonight at 10 P.M. EST is the return of the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show. It features mostly elaborate costumed-lingerie, varying music, and fancy artistic design according to the different themes. Most importantly, the show is a meeting of today’s supermodels. This year’s show, held at the newly refurbished Fontaineblue Miami Beach hotel in Miami, reportedly features 35 supermodels including the winged Angels. The exact list of models seems difficult to come by, but after some digging we should have the complete list for our power rankings. Let the eye candy commence!
35. Lara Stone
The Dutch model’s trademarks include the gap between her front teeth and her wobbly runway walk, an odd combo for a model. She entered the Elite Model Look contest in 1999, and although she didn’t win, she was signed nonetheless. A model on the rise, she has walked shows and done campaigns for many elites in the fashion industry.
34. Arlenis Sosa Peña
Often going by just Arlenis Sosa, the Dominican model was a contestant in the 2006 Elite Model Look contest in the Dominican Republic. This year, She has graced the runway for the likes of Alexander Wang, Jason Wu, Oscar de la Renta, and Tommy Hilfiger.
33. Sessilee Lopez
This American model was discovered during an open casting call at IMG Models in 2004. Since that time, she has graced the runway for names like Emperio Armani, Fendi, and Vivienne Westwood. She was also featured in campaigns for Adidas, DKNY, H&M, and Macy’s. Fun fact, Lopez has a twin sister.
32. Sarah Stephens
An English born Australian, Stephens won the Girlfriend Model Search in 2006 (which has launched the careers of many Australian models, such as Abbey Lee). Just at the start of her career, Stephens’ trademark look is thick bangs and a bee-stung pout, combined with and a velvety-soft accent. After signing with Next Model Management, she modeled for a few top-tier resort presentations, like Gucci and Lanvin.
31. Caroline Winberg
Almost a cliché for a model, she comes from Sweden. She started her modeling career at age sixteen and soon gained sudden fame for a scandal involving herself and Rolling Stones front-man Mick Jagger. She claimed that the singer, who was 59 at the time, had been harassing her with phone calls after seeing her on the runway. It was not long after that Winberg found herself working high-profile campaigns for notable names such as Valentino, Versace, and Armani.
30. Morgane Dubled
The French model was first scouted at the age of 16 but ended up leaving modeling to attend medical school. She was modeling as a part time job to pay for her studies, but had a change of heart and decided to do it full time. She has become one of the most on-demand models on the runway, and has participated in the last three Victoria’s Secret Fashion Shows.
29. Carmen Kass
The Estonian model had wanted to compete for the Miss Estonia title, but declined after receiving an offer to fly to Milan and start a modeling career. It seemed like a more glamorous and lucrative option and she was right. Kass was awarded by Vogue as “Model of the Year” at the 2000 VH1/Vogue Fashion Awards.
28. Inguna Butane
Sometimes simply known as Inguna, the Latvian model has been in ad campaigns for Armani Jeans, Dolce & Gabbana, L’Oréal, and Neiman Marcus among others. Her runway work is numerous and includes Fendi, Gucci, Versace, and Oscar de la Renta. Currently she is the face of Escada and Bottega Veneta.
27. Noémie Lenoir
A French model and actress, Lenoir was first spotted by Fork Models when she was just 6 years of age. In 2001, Lenoir signed with L’Oréal, and has since appeared in their advertisements. She has also worked for Gap, Next, and many others. Lenoir is currently the face of UK high-street retailer Marks & Spencer, and can be seen in various British magazines and billboards. As an actress, Lenoir also appeared opposite Pierce Brosnan and Salma Hayek in the film After the Sunset, as well as in Rush Hour 3, for which she shaved her head bald.
26. Rosie Huntington-Whiteley
The British model is best known for her work with Victoria’s Secret and is often hailed as the next Kate Moss. Her largest success came in 2008, when she was put on the cover of the November issue of Vogue, accompanied by models Eden Clark and Jourdan Dunn.
25. Edita Vilkeviciute
The Lithuanian model is on the rise with campaign and catwalk bookings. She has graced the runway for Alexander Wang, Chanel, Gap, and Yves Saint Laurent among others. She was also featured in campaigns for Dorotea, Dolce & Gabbana, Etro, Les Copains, Marc O’Polo, and Trucco.
24. Angela Lindvall
This American was born in Oklahoma and at age 14 signed as a model with IMG. Lindvall has appeared on the cover of several magazines such as ELLE, Harper’s Bazaar, Marie Claire, Numero, and Vogue. She has appeared in the every Fashion Show since 2001, and has appeared as an actress in CQ and Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang.
23. Anne Vyalitsyna
Also known simply as Anne V, the Russian started at age 15 after entering and winning MTV’s Fashionably Loud Europe modeling contest. Within six months of her win, Vyalitsyna had appeared for several companies and later landed shows with several high-profile designers. She has appeared on the covers of Vogue, ELLE, Glamour, and Gloss, in the 2005, 2006, 2007, and 2008 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue, and she is featured in the music video for “Out Is Through” by Alanis Morissette. In addition to working with world class photographers on her Sports Illustrated shoots, she was the object/subject of Joanne Gair body painting works in the 2005 edition.
22. Lindsay Ellingson
The American fashion model has modeled for Chanel, Dolce & Gabbana, Proenza Schouler, Valentino, and Christian Dior among others. She first walked the runway in the Spring/Summer of 2005 ready to wear shows. She has also landed campaigns for Moschino and Tommy Hilfiger.
21. Emanuela De Paula
She is a Brazilian model and the face of the UK retailer Next. She also appears in the 2009 Pirelli Calendar. De Paula has graced the runways for the many top designers such as Jennifer Lopez, Kenneth Cole, Lacoste, and Tommy Hilfiger.
20. Izabel Goulart
The Brazilian model is best known as one of the Victoria’s Secret Angels, a role she held from 2005 to 2008. Recently, she has been working with Armani Exchange as the face of the company. During Goulart’s first ever fashion show appearance, she experienced a wardrobe malfunction marking an embarrassing start to an otherwise great career.
19. Candice Swanepoel
From South Africa, she was spotted by a model scout in a Durban flea market at age 15. By age 16, Swanepoel was earning 5,000 Euros for a day’s work. She has appeared on the cover of the Greek edition of Vogue, in advertisements for Nike, and walked the catwalk for Tommy Hilfiger and Diane von Fürstenberg.
18. Clara Alonso
The Spainard is only one of three Spanish models to appear in the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show. She was discovered by top casting director, John Pfeiffer, during Milan shows, and has a sensuous appeal with her lithesome grace and the seductive personality. She’s a star on the rise.
17. Flavia de Oliveira
From Brazil, she has participated in the last two Victoria’s Secret Fashion Shows. She has also been in shows such as Dior, Valentino, Missoni, Elie Saab, and Chanel. You may also recognize her in ad for brands like Blumarine, Dolce & Gabbana, Michael Kors, Pomellato, and Salvatore Ferragamo.
16. Erin Heatherton
The American has modeled for Alberta Ferretti, Blumarine, Carolina Herrera, Derek Lam, Dolce & Gabbana, Gianfranco Ferré, Lacoste, Marc Jacobs, Michael Kors, Moschino, Oscar de la Renta, and Tommy Hilfiger. Additionally, she has appeared on the cover of D, Grazia, Velvet, and MUSE.
15. Isabeli Fontana
Something in the water in Brazil? This Brazilian model has modeled for the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue, Marie Claire, ELLE, Vogue, Harper’s Bazaar, Numéro, i-D, Arena and many others. She also has been the face of a variety of advertising campaigns including Armani Jeans, Chanel, Colcci, and Tommy Hilfiger.
14. Abbey Lee Kershaw
She sometimes goes simply by Abbey Lee, this Australian fashion has appeared in ad campaigns for brands such as Gucci, Dolce & Gabbana, and CK Jeans. Her career in the fashion industry began when she won the Girlfriend CoverGirl Model Search in Australia. For those into piercings, she has a pierced nose and a pierced nipple.
13. Julia Stegner
From Germany, she was a child model and an accomplished athlete before being discovered. Her first major cover appearance was for ELLE magazine and soon she would do advertisement work for Celine, Yves Saint Laurent, Dolce & Gabbana, Ralph Lauren, and Dior. She also appeared in the last three Victoria’s Secret Fashion Shows.
12. Miranda Kerr
The top Aussie on the list, she’s also the first of the current Victoria’s Secret Angels to appear in the Power Rankings. Branching out into other lands, she was the first Australian addition to the Victoria’s Secret campaign, and was the face of Australian fashion chain Portmans and now David Jones Limited.
11. Shannan Click
The American became the new face of GUESS? in 2003 and was on the cover of Italian and Japanese Vogue. In 2008 she became the face of Emporio Armani.
10. Behati Prinsloo
Originally from Namibia, she has walked fashion shows for Prada, Paul Smith, Vera Wang, Marc Jacobs, Proenza Schouler, Versace, Chanel, Missoni, DKNY, and many others. She has appeared on the cover of Italy’s Muse magazine and the British Telegraph Magazine. Also, more recently she was on the cover of Russian Vogue in February 2007, and the American Velvet magazine in June 2007.
9. Maryna Linchuk
The Belarusian fashion model has appeared on the covers of Italian and Portuguese Vogue and is one of the faces of Escada Moon Sparkle fragrance. She has appeared on advertisements for Versace, Donna Karan, Dior, Gap, Kenneth Cole, Escada, and Max Mara, just to name a few.
8. Selita Ebanks
Of Caymanian decent, she is another one of the select few Victoria’s Secret Angels. You’ll notice all the Angels appear in this Fashion Show. She recently made her first appearance in Sports Illustrated’s 2007 Swimsuit Issue.
7. Ana Beatriz Barros
The Brazilian model is known for her work with Guess?, Bebe, Victoria’s Secret, Chanel cosmetics, and Jennifer Lopez’s JLo fashion line. She has also been on numerous covers of magazines such as Glamour, Vogue, Marie Claire, and Allure.
6. Karolína Kurková
She is from the Czech Republic, is a Victoria’s Secret Angel, and has been praised worldwide. Mario Testino said of Kurková, “The proportions of her body and her face, as well as her energy level, make her a model who could fit almost into any moment.” Designer Marc Jacobs said, “She has an angelic look with a dark side, she’s sweet and fun but looks like she could be an evil bewitching child.” Vogue editor Anna Wintour called her the “next supermodel”. Indeed.
5. Heidi Klum
The German-American has branched out from modeling into an assortment of jobs such as actress, TV presenter, business woman, fashion designer, television producer, and occasional singer. Klum has also been the Emmy Award nominated hostess of Project Runway and Germany’s Next Top Model. You can also see her in Guitar Hero commercials. You can find more Klum goodness over here.
4. Doutzen Kroes
A Dutch model and Victoria’s Secret Angel, Kroes has made the covers of Time, Vogue, Harper’s Bazaar, and Numero. She also appears regularly in the Victoria’s Secret catalog and walked the runway of the company’s fashion show in both 2005 and 2006.
3. Adriana Lima
Another Brazilian, like many at the top of this list she’s another Victoria’s Secret Angel and has been since 2000. She is also a spokesmodel for Maybelline cosmetics. At age 15, Lima finished first place in Ford’s “Supermodel of Brazil” competition, and took second place the following year in the Ford “Supermodel of the World” competition. Can you check out more Lima over here.
2. Alessandra Ambrósio
The Brazilian was once described by Tyra Banks as “The future of the modeling world”. She is spokesmodel for Victoria’s Secret PINK line and is currently one of Victoria’s Secret Angels. Aside from modeling work, she represents the National Multiple Sclerosis Society as its National Ambassador. Want more Alessandra? Just go over here.
1. Marisa Miller
This American model is the hottest woman alive, just check out this gallery. In addition to being a Victoria’s Secret Angel, she’s known for her consecutive appearances in Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issues, including the cover for 2008. She’s also an ambassador for the American Cancer Society.