Meet 7 Women Chosen by Victoria’s Secret to Replace Their “Angels” — Celebrating the Diverse Beauty of Womanhood

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Victoria’s Secret is rebranding, inventing, and dismantling its iconic Angel Wings in order to become the world’s foremost advocate for women. The “VS Collective” is a freshly formed team of seven outstanding game-changers, and this is only the beginning of a platform that will revolutionize Victoria’s Secret’s future.

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Victoria’s Secret was formed in the 1970s, shortly after Roy Raymond attempted to buy lingerie for his wife and was disappointed by the unsightly floral-print nylon nightgowns on the market. It’s become a household name since then. It’s a company recognized for its lingerie, apparel, beauty, and, of course, its stunning supermodels, known as Angels, who first appeared in 1998. Elsa Hosk, Adriana Lima, and Romee Strijd are just a handful of the many stunning women who have graced the Angels stage over the years.

1. Adut Akech

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Adult Akech is a model, a refugee, and a proponent of mental health. She was born in 1999 and debuted as a model in 2017. She was named “Model of the Year” by models.com in 2018 and 2019. “Being a part of the VS Collective is such a great experience for me, and I consider myself fortunate to be a part of a group that embraces and promotes individuality,” Akech continued.

2. Priyanka Chopra Jonas

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We are all familiar with Priyanka Chopra Jonas as an actress, producer, singer, entrepreneur, and more. She is the winner of the Miss World 2000 pageant and advocates for social problems such as women’s rights, the environment, and gender equality. “I am most excited for new customers, as well as those who have always been a customer of Victoria’s Secret, to feel represented and as they belong,” the actress said of her joining the VS Collective.

3. Paloma Elsesser

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Paloma is a plus-size model who was born in the United Kingdom and raised in Switzerland. Pat McGrath, a well-known makeup artist, spotted her on Instagram, and she’s since modeled for Nike, Fenty Beauty, and Mercedes-Benz, as well as appearing on the cover of Vogue. “I am ecstatic to be working with Victoria’s Secret in this capacity and to support our shared aim to accept and celebrate the vastness and beauty of womanhood,” she says.

4. Amanda de Cadenet

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Amanda de Cadenet, a journalist, photographer, GirlGaze creator, and equality champion has joined the VS team and will host a recurring podcast in which the organization’s founding members will share incredible tales and viewpoints. She believes that “true change comes from the inside out” and that “a group of united people can influence culture” when it comes to the VS Collective.

5. Megan Rapinoe

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Megan Rapinoe is a professional soccer player and an LGBTQIA+ activist. She is also a pay equity fighter. Megan was awarded The Best FIFA Women’s Player in 2019 after winning numerous gold medals at the London Olympics in 2012 and the FIFA Women’s World Cup in 2015 and 2019. As she joined the VS Collective team, she said, “I frequently felt like I was on the outside looking in with brands in the beauty and fashion industry, and I’m pleased to be establishing a space that shows the full spectrum of ALL women.”

6. Valentina Sampaio

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Valentina Sampaio is a model, actor, and LGBTQIA+ activist from Brazil. She became Victoria’s Secret’s first openly transgender model in August 2019. She is a proponent of transgender equality and awareness, and she has fought discrimination against transgender persons in her home country. “As a strong worldwide platform, Victoria’s Secret is devoted to opening these doors for trans women like me, by honoring, elevating, and fighting for ALL women,” Valentina remarked as she joined the latest VS Collective.

7. Eileen Gu

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Eileen Gu is a world champion freeskier, youth and women’s sports advocate, and model who is only 17 years old. “I am very thrilled to be a part of such an incredible group of women and to work with a company that is looking to break boundaries and utilize their platform to uplift, champion, and advocate for women all around the world,” she said when she joined VS Collective.

Do you think the Victoria’s Secret Angels will be missed? Do you think the new VS Collective will transform the modeling and fashion industry for the better?

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