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Becoming a Victoria’s Secret Angel is the ultimate success in the modelling business. Half of Forbes‘ highest paid models last year were Angels for the lingerie giant. And the annual Fashion Show drew more than 10 million viewers last year.
Angels don’t just make millions of dollars and gain worldwide fame. Becoming an Angel is key to launching a career in fashion, business or television (just look at former Angel Heidi Klum).
We decided to dig beyond the gorgeous surface and find out who these models really are.
One model aspires to be a doctor, while another was a high school basketball star.
Miranda Kerr used to be a competitive gymnast. She competed in her native country of Australia as a child, but had to quit because she became too tall.
Adriana Lima would like to pursue a career in medicine. She told GQ that she would like to study to be a pediatrician. Lima said she got into modelling by mistake and was too young to know what she really wanted.
Alessandra Ambrosio had cosmetic surgery at age 11. She was self-conscious about her large ears and had surgery to pin them back. In 2006, she told Tyra Banks she had suffered from complications.
Chanel Iman's mother is Korean. The Angel visited the country for the first time in 2008, when she appeared on the cover of Vogue there.
Doutzen Kroes once worked as a magazine columnist. She wrote a monthly column about her life for the Dutch edition of Marie Claire from 2009-10 but stopped to focus on her fashion career.
Candice Swanepoel spent her childhood birthing cows...her family owned a dairy and beef farm in South Africa.
Erin Heatherton almost turned down a modelling agency to go to basketball camp. She was a starter on her Chicago high school's team and didn't want to blunder her athletic career.
Lily Aldridge's partner is Kings of Leon frontman Caleb Followill. They met at Coachella in 2007 and have a daughter together, Dixie Pearl.
Behati Prinsloo is a minister's daughter. Her father was the head of a church in Namibia, where Prinsloo was raised.
Lindsay Ellingson is an experienced dancer. She is a trained ballerina, but lately has been more into hip-hop.
Izabel Goulart speaks three languages. She's fluent in French, Portuguese and English. She told GQ that she was interested in learning Italian.
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