What’s the difference between a Victoria’s Secret Angel and a VS Model?

You may have heard the persistent rumour that Victoria’s Secret ‘Angels’ are the ones allowed to wear ‘wings’ during the brand’s annual fashion show. But that’s not the full truth. In actuality, the only models who walk for the show and can also be called ‘Angels’ are the ones with signed contracts. Every other girl on the catwalk that night is just a plain, old model.

Let’s break this down:

These are the 14 models who are currently under contract with Victoria’s Secret and (for the most part) walking in the 2017 fashion show in Shanghai:

Adriana Lima 


A post shared by Adriana Lima (@adrianalima) on Sep 8, 2016 at 5:26pm PDT

Alessandra Ambrosio 

In the Studio#Madrid

A post shared by Alessandra Ambrosio (@alessandraambrosio) on Nov 4, 2017 at 4:03am PDT

Behati Prinsloo 

Whatch Conan and I talk about a whole bunch of random things tonight. #teamcoco #vsswimspecial @teamcoco @victoriassecret @brycescarlett @kateleemakeup @alexanderwangny

A post shared by Behati Prinsloo Levine (@behatiprinsloo) on Mar 8, 2016 at 7:42pm PST

Lily Aldridge 

Day 2 #VsHoliday17 @VictoriasSecret @hungvanngo @harryjoshprotools @elizabethsulcer @enamelle #BayDay

A post shared by Lily Aldridge (@lilyaldridge) on Aug 12, 2017 at 8:53pm PDT

Candice Swanepoel 


A post shared by Candice Swanepoel (@angelcandices) on Aug 12, 2017 at 10:13am PDT

Elsa Hosk 


A post shared by elsa hosk (@hoskelsa) on Nov 9, 2017 at 7:02pm PST

Jasmine Tookes 

5 more days!! SO excited to be heading to Shanghai today for the #vsfs2017!

A post shared by Jasmine Tookes (@jastookes) on Nov 15, 2017 at 7:57am PST

Lais Ribeiro 


A post shared by Lais Ribeiro (@laisribeiro) on Nov 15, 2017 at 8:42am PST

Martha Hunt 

chaotic ending to the whirlwind!

A post shared by Martha Hunt (@marthahunt) on Oct 4, 2017 at 6:11pm PDT

Romee Strijd 

All smiles because I’m packing for an adventure somewhere far Let’s do this Shanghai, C U sooon! #vsfashionshow2017

A post shared by Romee Strijd (@romeestrijd) on Nov 14, 2017 at 6:08am PST

Sara Sampio 

Playing with make up! Love burgundy on eyes and lips Products in my stories!

A post shared by Sara Sampaio (@sarasampaio) on Oct 23, 2017 at 2:58pm PDT

Stella Maxwell 

Curb appeal

A post shared by Stella! (@stellamaxwell) on Jul 18, 2017 at 8:34pm PDT

Taylor Hill 

(shout out to my hair and make up fairy god mothers @daniellepriano @cgonzalezbeauty)

A post shared by Taylor Hill (@taylor_hill) on Aug 13, 2017 at 8:33pm PDT

Josephine Skriver 

about last night #fromRometoNYC glam by @mariel_barrera & @benoitmoeyaert . Styling by @erinwalshnyc @bulgariofficial

A post shared by Josephine Skriver (@josephineskriver) on Oct 21, 2017 at 8:52am PDT

These models have obligations to fulfil with the brand, meaning they have to be on call for photo shoots, appearances, and parties for VS throughout the year. Other models walking in the show (unless they are contracted with sister label VS Pink) do not.


Kendall Jenne

Although most of the Angels will be wearing wings during the show, some models who aren’t contracted with VS also get to wear them. Like Kendall Jenner and Gigi Hadid last year, neither of whom have Victoria’s Secret contracts.

Gigi VS

Gigi Hadid

Although the aforementioned women aren’t ‘Angels’ per se, there’s no reason you can’t call them ‘Victoria’s Secret models’ generically, especially since they’ve appeared in more than one show.

There you have it. Go forth in the world with this knowledge, and do what you will with it.


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