It was created by Roy Raymond in 1977 after he bought lingerie for his wife, Gaye. It wasn't an easy start (or middle) for them but in the 90s, they stopped being the "lingerie store" and became a household name for underwear. And in 1995, the first ever Victoria's Secret Fashion Show was aired featuring top angels including Tyra Banks. Since then, the show has been an annual anticipated event showcasing musical guests, drop dead gorgeous models, and of course, their over the top products.
However, sexy lingerie and flirty underwear aren't the only products that the brand has to offer. In 1988, they started manufacturing and selling perfumes with their signature name and sweet fragrances that were, and still are, best sellers around the globe. Currently, the brand sells underwear, sleepwear, swimwear, accessories, and beauty products. They also offer a lounge wear line called PINK which was launched in 2002. If you're wondering what the difference between the original VS and PINK is, it's that the latter is aimed for a younger demographic and offers fun, quirky, and cute pieces compared to the former which is more on the serious side.
And we can't forget to talk about the Victoria's Secret Angels. Although the official line up changes after a few years, there are still some who never leave the spotlight and become supermodels outside the Victoria's Secret catwalk. Tyra Banks, Heidi Klum, and Naomi Campbell are just some examples of the original Angels who are now world famous supermodels and successful businesswomen. While Behati Prinsloo and Karlie Kloss are some examples of the newer and more in demand models. There are currently ten official Victoria's Secret Angels but here are my top three favorites:
hometown: Skokie, Illinois
birthday: March 4, 1989
She was discovered while vacationing in Miami and has been a regular at fashion shows all around the world since then. She's ranked number 15 on Models.com's top 25 sexiest models list and is the face of more than 15 campaigns including Chopard, Dolce & Gabbana, and Versace. Oh, and did I mention that she dated Leonardo DiCaprio?
hometown: Kwazulu Natal, South Africa
birthday: October 20, 1988
She was discovered at a flea market at the young age of 15 then moved to New York two years later. When she first got to VS, she worked as a fit model but was booked for a show after catching the eye of one of the executives. She's been a regular VS Angel since and came in 10th on the Forbes top-earning models list in 2012.
hometown: Gunnedah, Australia
birthday: April 20, 1983
She started modeling when she was 13 but was able to study nutrition and health psychology in the middle of her modeling career. She married Orlando Bloom and has a son with him, unfortunately they separated back in 2013. And she's not just a pretty face with the perfect body, she's also a great mom and a writer of a self-help book entitled Treasure Yourself.
all model photos are from the official website