What these Victoria's Secret models look like today

Victoria's Secret models are some of the biggest names in the fashion world — and for good reason. The brand is huge. If you've seen the inside of a mall, you've seen a Victoria's Secret store. And although you might not know the name of every item they sell, you most definitely know the names of the models who have turned the company into a lingerie brand juggernaut. In 2001, Victoria's Secret took its act to prime time with the first televised Victoria's Secret Fashion Show.

Let's take a look at what some of these famous models looked like at the beginning of their Victoria's Secret careers and what they look like today. 

Adriana Lima

A Victoria's Secret model since 1995, Brazilian beauty Adriana Lima is the lingerie retailer's longest-running model and de facto face of the brand. Appearing on countless magazine covers and runways, Lima has been a spokesmodel for Maybelline since 2003 and is the only model to appear in two commercials during the same Super Bowl. The mother of two earned $10.5 million in 2016, nabbing the No. 2 spot in Forbes' list of the world's highest paid models. 

Candice Swanepoel

Discovered at 15 while shopping in a South African flea market, Candice Swanepoel graced her first Victoria's Secret catalog in 2007 before officially becoming an Angel in 2010. Quickly becoming one of their most popular models, Swanepoel was chosen to unveil the $10 million Royal Fantasy Bra in 2013, and a year later, nabbed the coveted cover of the Victoria's Secret Swim Issue for the fourth year in a row. 

On the Forbes list of highest-earning models since 2010, the blonde bombshell and proud mama is also a philanthropist. She advocates for Mother2Mother, a South African charity organization that "trains and employs HIV-positive mothers to work alongside doctors and nurses, empowering them to bring help and hope to other mothers."

Karlie Kloss

Karlie Kloss was already one of the top models in the world before making her Victoria's Secret Fashion Show debut in 2011. Dominating New York Fashion Week in 2008 at the age of 16, Kloss instantly became a runway staple and muse to multiple designers. She retired her wings in 2014.

When she's not busy starring in a Taylor Swift music video or serving as the face of L'Oreal Paris, Kloss can be found pursuing her true love: computer programming. In 2015, she launched Kode with Klossy, a charity organization that "empowers girls to learn to code and become leaders in tech."

Lily Aldridge

The daughter of an artist and a Playboy Playmate, Lily Aldridge started her modeling career at the age of 16 before donning Victoria's Secret wings in 2010. Not relegated to lingerie, Aldridge made her Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue debut by gracing the cover in 2014 for its 50th Anniversary. You know, no big deal. Maybe in an attempt to wash away the memory of being in Limp Bizkit's "Break Stuff" video, Aldridge married Kings of Leon frontman Caleb Followill in 2011 and welcomed a daughter the following year. 

Heidi Klum

If you're ever at Trivia Night and they ask who is the only Victoria's Secret model with six Emmy nominations, you'll be glad you read this post. Heidi "The Body" Klum is a household name. Appearing on countless magazine covers, as well as movies and TV shows (as herself, of course), Klum, who literally boasts million dollar legs, is firmly cemented into the zeitgeist. Although her 13-year run with Victoria's Secret ended in 2010, she stayed plenty busy as a mom and businesswoman. Klum has appeared in numerous film and TV projects, including a judging role on America's Got Talent and an executive producer title for the hit series Project Runway.

Tyra Banks

The first black woman to appear on the cover of GQ and the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue, Tyra Banks was already a household name in the '90s, before she became a Victoria's Secret Angel in 1997. She appeared on the classic Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, 1995's Higher Learning, and the 2000 cult-classic, Coyote Ugly

By the time Banks hung up her wings in 2005, she had already created the fashion reality TV hit, America's Next Top Model. She launched The Tyra Banks Show, which won two Emmys; wrote Modelland, a novel that made it on the The New York Time's Best Sellers list; hosts America's Got Talent; and became a mom to son York. It's clear that Banks can do it all. 

Doutzen Kroes

Described as the "Helen of Troy of advertising" and a "face of a generation," Dutch powerhouse Doutzen Kroes has been one of the world's highest-paid models since the day she stepped on the scene in 2003. From her debut as a Victoria's Secret Angel in 2008 to her departure in 2015, Kroes is a force to be reckoned with as a working mom. If there was any model who could inhabit the mythical Themyscira as an Amazon warrior in the 2017 blockbuster Wonder Woman, it would be Kroes. Oh, wait. She did

Alessandra Ambrosio

It seems one of Brazil's greatest exports is supermodels. Alessandra Ambrosio was a Victoria's Secret Angel for a staggering 17 years from 2000 to 2017. A regular on "Highest Paid Models" lists, Ambrosio's name has become synonymous with the lingerie brand. In 2014, the mom of two launched her own fashion and lifestyle brand, Alé by Alessandra, and In 2016, she was NBC's food and culture correspondents for the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio, along with fellow Angel Lima. 

Gisele Bundchen

On the 2016 Forbes' World's Highest-Paid Models list, Gisele Bundchen's $30.5 million was so far above the rest that she beat the runner-up (Lima) by nearly $20 million. That's pretty much all you need to know about the Brazilian beauty who was once dubbed the last remaining supermodel. If you were born in the '90s, there is a 100 percent chance you've seen a fashion magazine or an ad campaign featuring Bundchen. You could almost say she was slumming it as one of Victoria's Secret models between 2000 and 2007. In 2009, Bundchen married another legend — New England Patriots quarterback and future Hall of Famer Tom Brady in 2009. (By the way, she gets very heated when her husband loses.) Bundchen is nothing less than a global brand and cultural icon. All bow down.