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Your 2016 Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show Model Watch List
by Effie Orfanides
The Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show airs on December 5, and the runway will be filled with gorgeous and talented models. From Kendall Jenner to Taylor Hill, here are some of the most notable women walking in this year’s show in Paris.
The 20-year-old will walk in her first VS Fashion Show this year. Her sister, Gigi, made her runway debut in 2015, and this year they get to share the stage. Talk about a power family.
Elsa has worked for Victoria’s Secret since 2011 — and you may recognize her as one of the faces for Guess — but we bet you didn’t know that she played professional basketball for two years before becoming a model. She’s just one of the many models proving that athleticism and strength are sexy.
This will be Martha Hunt’s fourth Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show, and she earned her set of VS wings last year. If you don’t recognize her from her seemingly billions of campaigns and runways, you probably saw her pop up as Homeslice in Taylor Swift’s “Bad Blood” video as she’s one of Tay Tay’s besties.
Back in 2013, Liu Wen made history as the first ever model of East Asian descent to walk in the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show, and she’s reprising her role for 2016. She also broke barriers as the first East Asian spokesmodel for Estée Lauder and the first Asian model ever, of any country, to earn a spot on Forbes’ highest-paid model list.
When this 23-year-old isn’t walking the runway, she’s often spending time speaking out on LGBT issues. In fact, she was named the celebrity ambassador for the Family Equality Council and its Outspoken Generation Program in 2015. Rock on.
This Victoria’s Secret Angel is really into music. Not only is she married to musician Caleb Followill from Kings of Leon and appeared in two of the band’s videos, but she had a cameo in Taylor Swift’s “Bad Blood” as Frostbyte.
This famous angel needs no introduction. The very first spokesmodel for Victoria’s Secret PINK line, Brazil-born Ambrosio is also an ambassador for the National Multiple Sclerosis Society.
The Brazilian model and actress is the first VS model to ever appear in two Super Bowl commercials in the same year. In February 2012, she appeared in ads for Teleflora and for Kia motors, leading to a crazy huge increase in sales for the car company. Not that that’s surprising.
Gigi gets to walk in the 2016 Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show with her sister, Bella, and her BFF, Kendall Jenner (#Kengi)! Those aren’t the only reasons we love Gigi though. Jelena Noura Hadid (the model’s birth name) is obsessed with black leggings and recently revealed that she wears them 75% of the time, according to E! News. Want to know something else we love about Gigi? The girl loves to eat! If she’s on set in the morning, she will eat a bacon, egg, and cheese burrito with Tapatio sauce and she will drink an orange juice and a coffee.
Kendall Jenner has arrived in Paris to hang out with her model pals for this year’s VS Fashion Show. The reality star turned supermodel is actually the tallest female Kardashian/Jenner, standing at 5’10.” Fun Fact? According to Seventeen Magazine, Kendall doesn’t like chocolate ice cream. More for us!
The 20-year-old fashion model took NYFW by storm this year, walking in 10 different runway shows! She has been super busy this year and says that she’s most excited to sleep when she gets a big of a break.
After becoming an Angel in 2015, Romee is back for more VS Fashion Show fun! The 21-year-old is one of Taylor Hill’s besties and she has quite the sweet tooth. She says that she has been craving ice cream and chocolate and she’s looking forward to eating crepes with Nutella in Paris because, apparently, she is all of us.
Jasmine Tookes will be wearing this year’s $3 million Fantasy Bra, becoming the first black woman in nine whole years to earn the honor. Sadly, Jasmine has been a victim of online bullying and has been harassed about allegedly bleaching her skin. She had this to say in response to the online trolls because she’s a badass: “Just CRAZY!!! I love my skin! It’s my favorite thing about myself.”
One of the newest angels to hit the runway in 2016, Zuri Tibby was actually discovered in a mall! The 21-year-old was named the new face of PINK over the summer.
“It’s an honor — especially to be following in the footsteps of such amazing women. I’ve always looked up to them. They’re beautiful women who do great things. To be in that same category feels amazing. I’m still in shock and in awe. I don’t think that feeling will ever go away. It means a lot to me. It’s something that I’ve always wanted to do. I’m representing a brand that’s really cool,” she told Yahoo! News back in August.
Grace Elizabeth is so excited to walk in this year’s VS Fashion Show. Upon arriving in Paris, she posted a pic to Instagram with the caption: “I can’t believe this!” And she has a pretty odd way of helping calm her nerves for the show.
“Before each show, I go through so many different emotions. Tory Burch show was the first fashion show I opened. I was so nervous; I couldn’t quit singing and moving around, and everyone had to talk to me about cheesecake to distract me,” she told Vogue back in September.
Rachel is from upstate New York and is also super excited to walk in this year’s VS Fashion Show. She recently admitted that the hardest part of prep is getting herself in perfect shape. She says that she works out with a trainer, does boxing and pilates, and keeps herself on a very healthy diet (two over-easy eggs with half an avocado is a popular breakfast choice). However, Rachel definitely finds it hard to say “no” to pizza, according to Syracuse.com. Well, that’s something we can all understand.