Who says Kiwis don’t have wings? Meet the New Zealand models who have graced the Victoria’s Secret catwalk.
The countdown is on for the annual Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show.
Forty-six stunning models will sashay down the runway for Victoria’s Secret alongside the fourteen VS Angels. There will be many new faces (and bods) at this year’s show including Winnie Harlow, Josie Canseco, Sadie Newman, Mayowa Nicholas, Iesha Hodges and our very own Maia Cotton!
In celebration of another New Zealand beauty nabbing herself a spot in one of the biggest fashion shows of the year, here is every New Zealand model that has ever walked in a Victoria’s Secret Show…
This blonde bombshell is the epitome of ‘supermodel’. Since becoming an official Victoria’s Secret Angel in 2015, Stella has received many accolades for her work; most notably being crowned ‘No1 Hottest Woman’ in 2016 by Maxim magazine. Born in Belgium to Irish parents, Stella’s upbringing involved a lot of jet-setting around the world due to her father’s role as the Head of Delegation for the European Commission. After settling in NZ, Stella attended Queen Margaret College in Wellington before studying at the University of Otago where she was discovered by Aliana McDaniel. Stella first walked for Victoria’s Secret in 2014 and has walked every year since alongside VS royalty such as Lily Aldridge, Alessandra Ambrosio, Adriana Lima and Candice Swanepoel.
Jessica got her start in the modelling scene at age 15 and by the time she turned 17 she had walked the prestigious runways of Milan, Paris, New York and London. Hailing from Palmerston North, Jessica was the first New Zealander to walk for Victoria’s Secret in 2011. Her humble beginnings have helped her shine in her professional work, “I had a really rooted upbringing, so I always stayed genuine, luckily I have my family who always shoot me down if I get too cocky and my friends from Palmerston North.” Since walking for Victoria’s Secret, Jessica’s modelling career has taken a more commercial focus and she recently featured on the cover of UK Tatler magazine for its February 2018 edition.
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After being signed to her first agency at age 12, Georgia has gone on to conquer the fashion world. From walking for Balmain, Miu Miu and Alberta Feretti, to featuring in French Vogue and most recently gracing the cover of Fashion Quarterly’s Happiness Issue, it seems Georgia has done it all. She recently announced that she will be returning to the Victoria’s Secret runway this year for a third time; “honoured to be walking the Victoria Secret show for the third year… THANK YOU for seeing my dedication and realizing my dream once again”.
Georgia’s next big project comes with all the glitz and glam afforded to models of her stature; hosting TVNZ 2’s Project Runway New Zealand. The show was made famous by Victoria’s Secret Heidi Klum and we know Georgia is going to do the supermodel proud, “It’s important to me that I continue to upskill and grow as a person, so I’m ready for any new career opportunities that arise.”
As the most recent New Zealander to be added to the prestigious line up of Victoria’s Secret models, it’s safe to say Maia was beyond stoked with the news; “Never in my wildest dreams could I have imagined I would get the opportunity to cast, let alone confirm the show of a lifetime…I am on a cloud right now”. At just 19 years old the stunning brunette has had an incredible career so far, having graced the pages of many of New Zealand’s magazines, including sister brand Miss FQ, and featuring in shoots for Urban Outfitters, Tigerlily and American Eagle.
In true millennial style, Maia shot to stardom thanks to her Instagram savvy; she has amassed 91k followers on the social platform. From sizzling selfies to editorial shoots and candid shots, Maia’s striking features help her stand out from the crowd.