Your Model Cheat Sheet: The 14 Official Victoria's Secret Angels

Meet the ladies who wear the big wings

On November 30, the Victoria's Secret Angels will put on their wings and walk the runway for the highly anticipated VS Fashion Show. (The show airs for everyone who doesn't get a coveted ticket on December 5.) While the show casts many models–including this year's newcomer Bella Hadid–only a select few are bestowed Angel status, which makes them the official faces of the lingerie brand. The Angel class has grown in the past year beyond mainstays like Adriana Lima, Alessandra Ambrosio, Lily Aldridge, Candice Swanepoel, and Behati Prinsloo (the latter two won't be walking because they both just had babies). Here, we share a handy guide to the VS Angel class of 2016.

From: Elle

1 Adriana Lima

Age: 35
Country: Bahia, Brazil
Angel since: 2000
Discovered: Winning 1st place in Ford's "Supermodel of Brazil" model search when she was 15.
Wore the Fantasy Bra: In 2008, 2010, and 2014

2 Alessandra Ambrosio

Age: 35
Hometown: Erexia, Brazil
Angel since: 2004
Discovered: As a 14-year-old finalist in the 1996 Brazil Elite Model Look competition.
Wore the Fantasy Bra: In 2012 and 2014


3 Behati Prinsloo

Age: 27
Hometown: Grootfontein, Namibia
Angel since: 2009
Discovered: On holiday in Cape Town, South Africa by Storm Modeling Agency scout Sarah Doukas, the woman who also discovered Kate Moss.
Married to: Adam Levine, frontman of Maroon 5 (the two just welcomed a baby in September, Dusty Rose Levine!).

4 Lily Aldridge

Age: 30
Hometown: Los Angeles, California
Angel since: 2010
Discovered: Scouted at a school carnival when she was 14.
Wore the Fantasy Bra: 2015
Married to: Caleb Followill, lead singer of the band Kings of Leon.


5 Candice Swanepoel

Age: 28
Hometown: Mooi River, South Africa
Angel since: 2010
Discovered: Scouted in a local flea market when she was 15.
Wore the Fantasy Bra: In 2013
Fact: She just had a baby boy, Anacã, in October with her fiancé Hermann Nicoli.

6 Elsa Hosk

Age: 27
Hometown: Stockholm, Sweden
Angel since: 2015
Discovered: Her dad sent photos to a modeling agency when she was 13. 
Before modeling: She was a professional basketball player.


7 Jasmine Tookes

Age: 25
Hometown: Huntington Beach, CA
Angel since: 2015
Discovered: While tagging along with her mom, a celebrity stylist, at a showroom appointment when she was 15.
Wore the Fantasy Bra: This year, 2016!

8 Lais Ribeiro

Age: 25
Hometown: Piauei, Brazil
Angel since: 2015
Discovered: Modeling locally since 2009.
Before modeling: She went to school for nursing.
Extracurricular: She co-hosts a four-day boxing training camp for prospective Victoria's Secret show models to get their bodies in shape before casting.


9 Martha Hunt

Age: 27
Hometown: Wilson, North Carolina
Angel since: 2015
Discovered: At a local model search in North Carolina when she was 14.
You know her from: Taylor Swift. She's one of her best friends (and was "Homeslice" in the famous "Bad Blood" music video).

10 Romee Strijd

Age: 21
Hometown: Zoetermeer, Holland
Angel since: 2015
Discovered: Scouted while shopping with her mom in Amsterdam.
You know her from: The runway. She's walked at Burberry, Calvin Klein, Michael Kors, Saint Laurent, Alexander McQueen, and countless other shows.

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