Victoria’s Secret Models Who Are Completely Unrecognizable Today


The Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show debuted
in 1995, and, over the years, it’s acted as a career high for countless models. But wearing wings isn’t a forever thing. So where do models go when they’ve reached
the end of the runway? Here’s what former Victoria’s Secret models
look like today. Helena Christensen began her career as a Victoria’s
Secret model in 1997, but as Insider reported, she was only with the company for two years. According to her 2018 interview with Media
Entertainment Arts World Wide, Christensen went on to grace the covers of over 600 magazines
throughout her 30-year career. She also had a memorable part in Chris Isaak’s
music video for his 1989 single “Wicked Game.” After the runway, Christensen turned to photography. Not long after, she and artist/designer Camilla
Stærk founded New York design studio Stærk & Christensen. She told the media outlet, “I had the best teachers in the world as part
of my career, it was like having the most wonderful photography education anyone could
have.” Christensen is still incredibly comfortable
in front of the camera, though. In 2018, she posted a photo of herself in
the same metal outfit she wore in 1991. In 2009, Marisa Miller donned one of the “most
memorable Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show looks of all time,” according to E! News. By 2013, she had made her feature film debut
in R.I.P.D. While not the most well-received film ever,
it did give the former For Him Magazine “Sexiest Woman in the World” a chance to stretch her
wings, both with acting and stunt work. The self-described “tomboy” told Interview
Magazine that year that the physical aspect of filming R.I.P.D. was her favorite part. “I have to say the most uncomfortable part
is the push-up bra I’m wearing, so I’m all good. Ladies, we have it rough.” Forbes reported on Miller’s business endeavors
in 2010, which included an endorsement deal with Harley Davidson as well as a collaboration
with Surftech. As she’s gotten older and started a family,
Miller has made it a point to be honest about herself and her body, particularly on social
media. She told Interview Magazine, “There are more important things in life than
a six-pack, I realized. It was just so much more important to take
care of my baby and take care of myself in a healthy way.” Molly Sims may have only walked in a single
Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show, in 2001, but the former model has transformed a career
on one stage to another: a soundstage. In 2003, she landed a starring role in Las
Vegas as Delinda, the manager of a casino. Sims also appeared in several comedic films,
but she hasn’t relegated herself to just work on the big and small screens. She’s created an affordable and chic jewelry
line for the Home Shopping Network, and she’s also an author, having penned two books as
of 2019: 2015’s The Everyday Supermodel and 2017’s Everyday Chic. Sims has made it a point to be honest about
the pressures of aging. In 2015, she spoke with Elle about being a
spokesperson for CoolSculpting, a non-invasive fat-freezing procedure. She said, “So many people don’t admit everything they’ve
done. They’ve had face lifts and Botox and Juvederm
and Restylane and lasers and liposuction and all these things. Listen, for me it was an easy thing to do.” Appearing on the Victoria’s Secret Fashion
Show runway in the ’90s, Veronica Webb enjoyed a career with the retailer for two years,
but her impact on the fashion industry has been everlasting. Vogue described her as, quote, “one of the
original ’90s supermodels,” who’s gone on to do work as a spokeswoman, columnist, and
entrepreneur. In 2017, Webb launched her own website, WebbOnTheFly.com,
where she shares tips and personal stories on all things beauty, fashion, and lifestyle. She told Vogue that her motivation for creating
the site stemmed from wanting to show others that age has nothing to do with confidence,
saying, “To share everything I’ve learned in three
decades as a model and how that translates beautifully into everyday life as a wife and
a mother.” In the early 2000s, Petra Nemcova had a hugely
successful career that included modeling for Victoria’s Secret and landing the cover of
Sports Illustrated. Everything changed in 2004, however, when
the model and her fiancé were caught in the Boxing Day tsunami in Thailand. Her fiance lost his life in the disaster,
but Nemcova survived, having hung onto a palm tree for eight hours. “The tsunami has given me many gifts, and
one of them is to have this consciousness of how lucky I am.” In a 2018 interview with Buro 24/7, Nemcova
described how she came out of the tragedy with a new perspective, saying, “The most amazing gift we can give to anyone
is the power of intention and the power of focusing on positivity. When I was in the hospital, I didn’t know
whether I was going to walk. I said, ‘If I cannot walk, I still have my
arms, I have my eyes, I can see, I can hear, there are so many things to be grateful for.'” These days, Nemcova is focused on her own
non-profit organization, All Hands And Hearts, which merged with the Happy Hearts Fund. Their goal is to help support communities
that have faced disaster. “Every year we choose a different country
where we work and rebuild schools after natural disasters.” Since 2006, the organization has rebuilt over
162 schools in ten countries, including the U.S., Thailand, and the Philippines. In 2013, the Daily Mail revisited the illustrious
modeling career of Victoria’s Secret model Bridget Hall and described her ’90s heyday
by saying, “By 18, she was listed in Forbes as one of
the top ten money-making supermodels, along with Cindy Crawford and Christy Turlington.” Hall famously dated Leonardo DiCaprio back
in 1994, a pairing that featured the actor’s first of many model girlfriends, according
to Elle. Although no longer considered to be the moneymaker
she once was, Hall’s modeling career has seen a resurgence. In 2013, Hall became the face of two separate
ad campaigns: one for Rag & Bone’s D.I.Y. campaign and the other for Prabal Gurung’s
fall collection. The designer told The New York Times that
he wanted a model to represent his customer, saying, “We’ve grown up with this fantasy about supermodels. I felt personally it was the right moment
to celebrate women of that age.” Rebecca Romijn also walked the Victoria’s
Secret Fashion Show during her modeling career. She began the transition to acting in the
late ’90s, but her role in 2000’s X-Men catapulted her into film fame. In a 2002 interview with IGN, Romijn said
she prefers to pass on typical pretty face roles, adding, “I mean, playing somebody who’s perfect holds
no allure for me, whatsoever. It’s just boring. I’d rather play somebody who’s a little broken.” After a failed marriage to John Stamos, Romijn
found true love with Jerry O’Connell in the 2000s, but it took some serious, well, flexing
on his part. According to People, a shirtless O’Connell
impressed Romijn at a Maxim Hot 100 party in Las Vegas by showing off his bod. Two kids later, Romijn and O’Connell are still
madly in love. Or they’re keeping it together for the kids,
a thing they joked about with Closer Weekly in 2019, when O’Connell said having twins
keeps them from divorcing. Rebecca added, “Because then one of you will be stuck with
them. So you decide to stay together so one of you
doesn’t end up with them!” Even in 2019, People described Claudia Schiffer
as the biggest model of the ’90s. She walked in only one Victoria’s Secret Fashion
Show runway, in 1997, but has modeled for countless others. Three decades after she began her modeling
career, Schiffer is still a force in the industry. In 2017, she spoke with Vogue about the release
of her book, Claudia Schiffer, as well as her thoughts on the current state of the modeling
world. She described the fast pace of the current
times, saying, “I’ve read some interviews where models are
described as ‘supermodel of the moment.’ You have to work so much harder, I think,
in comparison.” She told People that she’s always down to
try new things, at least as far as fashion goes, which probably has a lot to do with
her ability to remain relevant. Josie Maran started her modeling career at
12, and it wasn’t long before she was modeling for Victoria’s Secret and Sports Illustrated. By 18, she had landed a ten-year contract
with Maybelline. Maran wanted makeup that was healthy, but
she came up against makeup artist after makeup artist who told her it couldn’t be done. In 2007, Maran started her own cosmetics line
that focused on high-end and healthy products, celebrating the process of aging. She told Into the Gloss, “It’s about embracing who you are and getting
better with age.” For Maran, getting older is about embracing
the journey, as well as the lines it leaves. She added, “I’m not going to get Botox, I’m going to
gut this one out. I’m pretty hardcore, so I’m going to see what
life is like without all that stuff.” As one of the most iconic Victoria’s Secret
models, Stephanie Seymour enjoyed all the perks of life as a supermodel during the early
’90s. In 2014, Harper’s Bazaar revisited her early
days, which included a starring role in Guns N’ Roses’ “November Rain” music video, as
well as a brief dating stint with the band’s frontman. Seymour said of that time in her life, “The thrill of the whole rock ‘n’ roll thing
wore off. I saw the worst of that world and it soured
me.” After retirement, she enjoyed a seemingly
picture-perfect family life with billionaire husband Peter Brant and their kids. Her life looked to be idyllic until a 2016
DUI charge led to speculation that things weren’t as glamorous as Seymour would have
hoped for them to appear. Page Six also reported on the model’s alleged
history of drug and alcohol abuse, as well as the couple’s alleged infidelity throughout
the course of their marriage. Everyone deserves a comeback story, though,
and for Seymour that happened in 2019 when she was chosen to close the Versace runway. Karen Elson appeared in only the 2001 Victoria’s
Secret Fashion Show, a turn that seemed a little out of character for the model/musician,
who described herself to Vogue UK in 2019 as: “That off-kilter beauty that nobody would
think was beautiful but then you see it in that magazine and it’s something.” Her atypical looks have allowed her to morph
into so many people, she said, but modeling isn’t the thing that’s fed her soul over the
years. In 2010, Elson released her debut album, The
Ghost Who Walks. It was a critical success, and, by 2017, she
released the EP Double Roses. It was heavy and emotional, something Elson
told Elle was easily, and incorrectly, attributed to her 2013 divorce from Jack White. She’s also been one of many voices heard in
the Me Too movement. According to People, Elson posted her own
traumatic experience dealing with musician Ryan Adams. In an interview with Wylde, former Victoria’s
Secret model Olga Kurylenko said she remained in the industry for ten years, just long enough
for her to star in her first feature film, The Ring Finger, and to achieve the acting
success that would allow her to quit the modeling world. By 2008, she was a bonafide Bond Girl, having
appeared in Quantum of Solace. From there, the actress landed lead roles
in two separate, decidedly non-Bond films, Oblivion and To the Wonder. She also produced 2011’s Land of Oblivion,
a disaster film that she described to Fade In Online in 2013 as, quote, “amazing, a work
of real poetry and beauty.” Kurylenko later used her own experience in
poverty as fuel for her contributions to Hope and Homes, a non-profit that works to move
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