The history of women’s lingerie is long and troubled, as it wasn’t until the XX century that lingerie models were allowed to showcase lingerie pieces to the world, subsequently inspiring many women to dare with fashion and lingerie even more. Besides being some of the hottest human beings around, lingerie models have actually helped our society break a few stereotypes, empowering women to choose what to hide and what to bare according to their personal fashion tastes and viewpoints.
No surprise becoming one of the world’s best lingerie models is the dream of many young women, and you won’t be later surprised to see that some of the hottest and most famous lingerie models are Victoria’s Secret Angels and models. Becoming a lingerie model is, however, no small feat, as it requires dedication and passion more than “just” a photogenic body.
Best Lingerie Models of All Time: Contents
If you are looking for your role model for inspiration, here we introduce 32 of the best lingerie models that have made it big!
1. Gisele Bündchen
Of course, we had to start our list with lingerie queen Gisele Bündchen, who is also rightly considered one of the best bikini models. Also leading the Forbes Highest-Paid Models list for many years, Bündchen is one of Victoria’s Secret’s most acclaimed former Angels, with her VS ad campaigns being true pieces of art. She also owns a lingerie label in Brazil, her hometown, called Gisele Intimates.
2. Rosie-Huntington Whiteley
Victoria’s Secret Angels tend to share similar career paths, with Rosie-Huntington Whiteley being no less successful. One of the industry’s best lingerie models of all time, Rosie-Huntington Whiteley has been spotted in basically any lingerie advertisement, with her toned, sun-kissed silhouette being one of the most admired. Like Bündchen, Whiteley also launched a lingerie and sleepwear line called Autograph, which has been hitting it big ever since its debut in 2012.
3. Irina Shayk
Irina Shayk’s sensually ethereal beauty has been hypnotizing many people ever since her first Intimissimi ad campaign was released, officially adding her in the Hall of Fame of the hottest and most demanded models. The Russian bombshell is already a mother, but she has managed to keep her jaw-dropping body in good shape, so we expect new lingerie ad campaigns featuring her.
4. Adriana Lima
An expert in the field and also one of the best runway models in fashion history, Brazilian beauty Adriana Lima has been a Victoria’s Secret Angel since the early, glorious 2000s. Also one of the most famous models to have worn the iconic Fantasy Bra, we really hope Adriana Lima will never retire!
5. Heidi Klum
Heidi Klum is the one with the most diverse work history. She (sort of) retired from the modeling world, and is now the owner of a lingerie line called Heidi Intimates, not to mention the fact that she worked for Project Runway!
6. Dita von Teese
Who says lingerie models have to be blonde and tanned? Glamorous yet in a burlesque kind of way, Dita von Teese has created an empire out of her unique way of perceiving lingerie, and is now one of the world’s leading icons when it comes to retro fashion shows!
7. Naomi Campbell
Aside from being one of the best supermodels of all time, legendary Naomi Campbell is unsurprisingly considered as one of the hottest lingerie models, with labels such as Agent Provocateur and Yamamay being among those brands that tapped her as their brand ambassador.
8. Eva Herzigova
From one supermodel to another, Nineties lingerie queen Eva Herzigova has literally been one of the U.K.’s best models ever since she channeled the legendary Hello Boys Wonderbra in an ad campaign back in 1994. Needless to say, the campaign was voted as the most iconic one in the U.K. a few years later.
9. Frederique van der Wal
Although having been featured on the covers of countless of notorious magazines, it was with Victoria’s Secret that Frederique van der Wal gained fame back in the Nineties. Her hourglass figure and iconic beauty were considered as never-before-seen characteristics and stole countless of hearts.
10. Shlomit Malka
One of Intimissimi’s latest it-models, Malka is already considered as one of the world’s best lingerie models, with thousands of brands wanting her to become their brand ambassador. The Israeli beauty has also worked for non-lingerie brands, including Armani, L’Oreal, Lancome, Maybelline and others.
11. Liu Wen
Diversity is sadly not often celebrated in the fashion industry, and we do hope things will change for good. As for now, Liu Wen is undeniably one of the hottest lingerie models of all time, having represented both Victoria’s Secret and La Perla so far.
12. Kate Upton
Starting out as a Guess girl, Kate Upton soon became one of the most acclaimed Victoria’s Secret lingerie models. The blonde beauty then became an icon in the lingerie industry, and you’ll often see her as the brand ambassador of the hottest lingerie labels.
13. Erin Heatherton
One of the Victoria’s Secret Angels, Heatherton has been walking the runway ever since 2011, charming us with the hottest lingerie pieces. She often poses for the label’s catalog, too, and (ironically) often states that she finds casual clothes sexier than lingerie items.
14. Miranda Kerr
With a smoldering combination of blue eyes and chocolate brown hair, Miranda Kerr is unanimously considered as one of the hottest lingerie models of all time. One of the Victoria’s Secret trump cards, Kerr now often poses for clothing brands, too, and was named the “Sexiest Woman Alive” by Esquire UK in 2012.
15. Marisa Miller
Often dubbed as the “return of the great American supermodel“, Marisa Miller hit the spotlight in 2007, which was when she became one of the hottest Victoria’s Secret models. She has even landed the cover of the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue multiple times, and has appeared in ad campaigns for Tommy Hilfiger, Marc Jacobs and others.
16. Jourdan Dunn
British top model Jourdan Dunn is not only one of the most acclaimed Victoria’s Secret models, but also an actual fashion model many girls follow. Her casual-chic style is copied by young women from all over the world, and we hope she will soon translate her fashion tastes into something concrete, like a fashion line.
17. Joan Smalls
One of the Victoria’s Secret models, Joan Small is so famous that even high-end brands such as Balmain and Estée Lauder cannot help but tap her for their ad campaigns and runway shows. If the adjective “statuesque” had a personification, it would be Joan Smalls.
18. Doutzen Kroes
Often described as one of the world’s most naturally beautiful models, Kroes began her lingerie model career with Victoria’s Secret, from which she recently retired. She now spends her time modeling for various high-end and high-street brands such as H&M.
19. Candice Swanepoel
Model of the moment Swanepoel officially entered the Hall of Fame of lingerie models in 2013, when she flawlessly channeled the Fantasy Bra at the yearly Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show. The South African blonde bombshell is also among the top earning models according to Forbes.
20. Sui He
The first East Asian model to open a Ralph Lauren runway, Sui He is now one of the most requested top models of all time, especially when it comes to the lingerie industry. She also walks Victoria’s Secret Fashion Shows, often donning the most intricate and embellished lingerie pieces.
21. Selita Ebanks
Cayman Islands-born Ebanks is yet another famous Victoria’s Secret model on our list. She has appeared in international magazines such as the notorious Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue, Vogue, and Glamour, and is now working toward an even shinier acting career.
22. Bar Refaeli
One of the Sports Illustrated Issue’s deal-breakers, Israeli Bar Refaeli has been working both as a lingerie model and an actress in the past few years, not to mention the fact that she has been the host of The X Factor Israel ever since 2013! She’s one natural beauty that was also the highest paid model in Israel in 2013!
23. Lily Aldridge
One of the brightes Victoria’s Secret faces, American beauty Lily Aldridge is also probably one of the world’s funniest lingerie models of all time (as proven by her guest spot on the TV-series 2 Broke Girls), and we hope she will eventually pursue an acting career anytime soon.
24. Jasmine Tookes
With dark hair framing a face that’s sheer perfection, Tookes takes her exploding sensuality to all of her lingerie ad campaigns, as proven her appearance along with her boyfriend in one of Calvin Klein’s hottest ads. Of course, she has walked the runways of the world’s leading fashion houses, including Burberry, Carolina Herrera, Alberta Ferretti, Moschino, and many others.
25. Ana Beatriz Barros
Here we present another Brazilian bombshell! Barros gained fame after posing for Intimissimi, and is now one of Victoria’s Secret all-time icons. Barros has also walked at the shows for Elie Saab, Dior, Dolce & Gabbana, Versace, and Michael Kors among others.
26. Lara Stone
Having fronted various Calvin Klein underwear campaigns for many years now, there’s no surprise Lara Stone is one of the world’s most iconic lingerie models. Her iconic gap in the front teeth and her statuesque figure never stopped charming us!
27. Stephanie Seymour
Mother of four, Stephanie Seymour has been the face of Valentino and Christian Dior before hitting it big in the lingerie industry thanks to Victoria’s Secret. Her hazel-green eyes, striking cheekbones, and lovely facial features all make her one of the best lingerie models around.
28. Ashley Graham
Who says lingerie models have to be super skinny? American beauty Ashley Graham is the living proof one doesn’t have to be thin to be a lingerie model, especially when it comes to empowering cover magazines that could end up inspiring and spreading a body-positive message to various types of audiences. Ashley is also one of the top plus-size models of all time.
29. Brooklyn Decker
Now actress, Brooklyn Decker started her career as a lingerie model and is still considered as one of the best and hottest of all time. She has also modeled for Victoria’s Secret and Intimissimi, and has appeared in international publications, including Glamour and Cosmopolitan.
30. Alessandra Ambrosio
Brazilian stunner Alessandra Ambrosio is one of the Victoria’s Secret Angeles, and she was even chosen to wear the iconic Fantasy Bra twice, in 2012 and later in 2014. Alessandra launched her own fashion line named Ále by Alessandra back in 2014, and has walked the runways and starred in the campaigns of such big names in the industry as Balmain, Gucci, Dior, Moschino, Hugo Boss, and many others.
31. Natasha Poly
Russian supermodel Natasha Poly can rightly be considered one of the hottest lingerie models also due to her appearance in the La Perla ad campaign. She also walked for the annual Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show twice, back in 2015 and 2016, and has never stopped collaborating with the most iconic fashion houses since her breakout year in 2004.
32. Bettie Page
Before all these iconic models, there was Bettie Page, i.e. the one that started the whole “lingerie model craze”. She is the original pinup queen and was never seen without her signature black hair with bangs and high-waisted skirts.
First things first, becoming a lingerie model will take lots of effort. So, if you are seriously looking into becoming one, you need to be ready to probably change much of your daily routine. Plus, you have to advertise yourself (social media will surely help), while simultaneously looking for new photographers and lingerie brands that are eager to tap brand new faces.
Although being super skinny is not a must-have requirement when it comes to becoming a lingerie model, all the best lingerie models work hard to eat as healthy and work out as much as they can, to not only have a harmonious body, but also a glowing skin.
The skin, in general, is a feature many often underestimate when it comes to lingerie modeling, however, that is actually extremely important. Being a lingerie model means being 100% at ease with your body, skin included, as to learn how to pose attractively, one needs to feel sensual, indeed.
Working to achieve hot and harmonious poses is another must-have requirement for the lingerie industry, for which we advise to practice not only in front of your mirror, but also with an actual professional photographer specialized in lingerie and swimwear photography. After the photo shoot, try to analyze each picture to find your strong and weak points, so that the former may finally prevail over the latter.
This step is essential when it comes to finding your own style, which is also the most important and challenging one in the process of becoming a lingerie model. As you will see within our list of the 32 hottest lingerie models of all time, finding your own signature look may ultimately set the difference between an average and a successful lingerie model.
Are you curvy? Do you have one-of-a-kind facial features that could help define new beauty standards? Well, then embrace them! When combined with the sensuality of a lingerie piece, such features help create memorable ad campaigns that are destined to be admired in the years to come, too, so don’t be afraid to accentuate them, either with a particular light or makeup trick while posing!
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