Meet the 18 models who were cast in the Victoria's Secret Fashion Show for the first time this year

Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty ImagesKelsey Merritt made history as the first Filipino woman to walk in the show.

The Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show returned to New York City after two years abroad.

This year’s event, which aired on Sunday at 10 p.m. ET on ABC, was graced by some of the modelling industry’s biggest names, who showed off over 90 different looks.

The lineup also featured 18 models who walked in the event for the first time. Meet all the newcomers below.


At 18 years old, Alannah Walton is one of the youngest models who walked in this year’s show.

Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty ImagesWalton walks the runway at the 2018 Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show.

In an Instagram post, the Australian model said getting cast in the Victoria’s Secret runway event has been her “proudest and greatest achievement yet.”

The Sydney native was discovered at the age of 15 when IMG Models found her on Instagram. Since then, Alannah Walton has appeared in Vogue Australia, Vogue Japan, and Grazia, and modelled for Victoria’s Secret Pink.


British model Cheyenne Maya Carty has modelled for Chanel, BareMinerals, and Sephora.

Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty ImagesCarty walks the runway at the 2018 Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show.

According to a 2014 interview with Models.com, Cheyenne Maya Carty was discovered in 2013 while “casually rollerskating” in London’s Victoria Park. Her first job was for the launch of Rihanna’s River Island fall 2013 collection.

The 22-year-old model is currently based in New York City and represented by Elite London and New York Models, according to her Instagram account. Carty regularly appears in magazines like Elle, Cosmopolitan, and Teen Vogue.


Duckie Thot is the face of numerous Fenty Beauty campaigns.

Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty ImagesThot walks the runway at the 2018 Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show.

At the age of 17, Duckie Thot finished in third place on the eighth season of “Australia’s Next Top Model” in 2013. She later made her runway debut at the Yeezy spring/summer 2017 show.

Now 23, the Melbourne, Australia, native was named L’Oréal Paris’ newest ambassador in late September. She is currently based in Brooklyn, New York, and is represented by New York Model Management, in addition to several other agencies.


Iesha Hodges was discovered at the age of 18 after winning a modelling competition.

Thomas Concordia/Getty ImagesHodges walks the runway at the 2018 Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show.

In January 2014, Iesha Hodges won Ford Models and V Magazine’s Model Search contest.

The 23-year-old Brooklyn native is currently signed with One Management and has modelled for everyone from Christian Cowan to Dior.

In an Instagram post, Hodges said she hopes to be a role model “for all types of women and all shades of beauty” on the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show runway.


Isilda Moreira has walked runways for some of fashion’s biggest names, including Oscar de la Renta, Rodarte, and Dolce & Gabbana.

Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty ImagesMoreira walks the runway at the 2018 Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show.

Born and raised in Portugal, Isilda Moreira was discovered at the age of 14 during a vacation to London.

Now 19, the model is currently represented by Elite Model Management in New York and Central Models in Lisbon, Portugal, among several other agencies. She made her Paris Fashion Week debut early last year, walking in Loewe and Moncler’s fall/winter 2017 shows.


Florida native Josie Canseco is a runway regular for formal-eveningwear designer Sherri Hill.

Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty ImagesCanseco walks the runway at the 2018 Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show.

Josie Canseco, the daughter of former Major League Baseball player Jose Canseco, is currently signed with Next Management. According to her profile on the agency’s website, the model, 21, is an “avid advocate for the humane treatment of animals” and volunteers at Bideawee, a New York City-based pet-welfare organisation.


Kelsey Merritt made history as the first Filipino woman to walk in the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show.

Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty ImagesMerritt walks the runway at the 2018 Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show.

In an Instagram post, Kelsey Merritt, 22, called the opportunity an “honour” and “dream come true.”

The model graduated from Ateneo de Manila University in Quezon City, Philippines, in May 2017 with a degree in communications.

She moved to New York City in October 2017 and is currently signed with several major agencies including Supreme Management, Women Management Milan, Wilhelmina, and Nomad Mgmt.


Lorena Rae has appeared in campaigns for Versace and Hugo Boss.

Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty ImagesRae walks the runway at the 2018 Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show.

Hailing from Germany, the 24-year-old is represented by Promod Model Agency and has 1.2 million followers on Instagram.


Maia Cotton is a New York City-based model from New Zealand.

Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty ImagesCotton walks the runway at the 2018 Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show.

The 19-year-old is represented by The Lions, Titanium Management, 62 Management, and Chic Management. Maia Cotton has modelled for Victoria’s Secret Pink and Melbourne-based clothing brand Forever New.


At 20, Mayowa Nicholas has already starred in campaigns for Dolce & Gabbana, Saint Laurent, and Calvin Klein, among others.

Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty ImagesNicholas walks the runway at the 2018 Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show.

Mayowa Nicholas got cast in the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show for the first time in 2017 but could not make it to last year’s event in Shanghai after she was reportedly denied a visa to travel to the country.

On Instagram, the Nigerian model said she looked forward to sharing the runway with “all the powerful and beautiful women” in this year’s show.

According to Models.com, Nicholas is currently represented by several major agencies including The Society Management; Elite Model Management in Paris, Milan, London, Amsterdam, Spain, and Copenhagen, Denmark; and Beth Model Management.


Mélie Tiacoh has appeared in Vogue Japan, Vogue Italia, Cosmopolitan, and more.

Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty ImagesTiacoh walks the runway at the 2018 Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show.

Born in Paris, Mélie Tiacoh was raised in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire, and is currently signed with Next Management.

In an Instagram post, the model said she’s honored to represent the Ivory Coast and diversity on the Victoria’s Secret runway.


Netherlands native Myrthe Bolt is a runway regular at fashion weeks around the world.

Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty ImagesBolt walks the runway at the 2018 Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show.

Since she signed with Next Management in 2016, Myrthe Bolt, 19, has appeared in shows for Miu Miu, Topshop, and Versace, to name a few.


Sabah Koj is another regular at fashion week shows.

Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty ImagesKoj walks the runway at the 2018 Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show.

Born in South Sudan, Sabah Koj moved to Australia when she was 7 and is currently based in Melbourne.

In 2016, the model made history as the first African model to open a fashion show in Australia at the Georgia Alice runway during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week.

Koj is currently represented by several major agencies, including Vivien’s Model Management, Established Models, and Marilyn Agency in both New York and Paris.


British model Sadie Newman has appeared in campaigns for Victoria’s Secret and Balenciaga.

Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty ImagesNewman walks the runway at the 2018 Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show.

Sadie Newman, 24, is signed with Women/360 Model Management and Innovative Artists.

“I am so excitedhappyproudemotional [sic] to announce that I am going to be in the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show,” the model wrote in an Instagram post. She continued, “10 years modelling and this has always been a dream of mine AND I DID IT.”


Sofie Grace Rovenstine is the reigning Miss Teen Tennessee USA.

Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty ImagesRovenstine walks the runway at the 2018 Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show.

Sofie Grace Rovenstine modelled throughout high school and was signed with IMG worldwide, according to her profile on the Miss Teen USA website. The 19-year-old has since worked with designers like Zac Posen, Carolina Herrera, Christian Siriano, and more. She’s currently represented by JAG Models and AMAX.


Willow Hand opened Prada’s fall/winter 2015 show at the age of 16.

Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty ImagesHand walks the runway at the 2018 Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show.

On Instagram, the Florida native said getting cast in the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show has been her dream since she was a young girl.

The 19-year-old is signed with The Lions, Oui Management, The Hive Management, Monster Management, and New Version.


Winnie Harlow was named Breakthrough Model of the Year at The Daily Front Row’s Fashion Media Awards in September.

Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty ImagesHarlow walks the runway at the 2018 Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show.

Speaking to Vogue, Winnie Harlow said she wants to promote body positivity on the Victoria’s Secret runway.

“Representation is so important, and I want to [stand for] all women,” the 24-year-old Canadian model said. “Every single woman.”

Harlow is represented by Women Management, First Access Entertainment, and The Squad Management.


At 17, Yasmin Wijnaldum kicked off her modelling career with a Prada campaign.

Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty ImagesWijnaldum walks the runway at the 2018 Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show.

Yasmin Wijnaldum, now 20, has walked runways for Chanel, Dsquared2, Givenchy, and more. She’s currently signed with The Society Management and Elite Worldwide.

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