When this time of year rolls around, we just can’t help but feel slightly guilty for two reasons. Firstly, because we eat far too much during the holiday season, and secondly because we watch the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show. Every time we watch the annual lingerie show we can’t help but notice that our abs, arms, legs and virtually all our body parts are not as tight as theirs. So why is that? Well, the math’s actually pretty simple. For one, it’s likely got to do with the fact that we enjoy watching Netflix way more than we like to workout. Secondly, we would much rather eat chocolate than spinach, celery, kale or any other green. Nevertheless, every time the show rolls around we can’t help but promise ourselves that we’re going to get back to the gym and start making juice. Of course, it never happens but then after some sulking, we realize that even Victoria’s Secret models are human and have their flaws.
While it is no easy feat to find unflattering photos of some of the most beautiful women on the planet, turns out they’re not immune to them either. Most likely these shots are from before they were famous and before they had some of the best makeup, hair, and personal trainers on their side, or it’s before they got plastic surgery done, which we were surprised to learn is more common than one might think in the modeling industry. It’s likely that the paparazzi just caught them on a bad day or from a bad angle (it’s true – models have bad angles too). Either way, don’t fret it because even Victoria’s Secret models have photos they wouldn’t want anyone to see…
15. Bella Hadid: Beauty comes with a price
Rumors have swirled for years that beauty Bella Hadid has had work done and looking at photos of her as a teen seem to confirm these rumors. While she is now one of the highest paid models in the world landing in the 9th spot with a $6 million revenue for 2017, her success did not come without a price. For Bella to become one of the most recognizable and highest paid models today, she needed to do a few tweaks to her face first. So even though there are plenty of models that are born with Supermodel looks, some women do have to change a few things to get them. Clearly, in this case, it was totally worth it. So what has Bella had done? By the looks of things she had rhinoplasty to make her nose smaller and possibly lip fillers but that could just be the difference in her smile in both photos.
14. Elsa Host: From an ugly duckling to a swan
Swedish Supermodel Elsa Hosk has one of the most striking appearances we have ever seen but that was not always the case. Looking at this photo of Elsa as a teenager, it gives the rest of us hope that you can grow into a swan as soon as we outgrow our ugly duckling stage. Of course, if that doesn’t work we can also shake a few things up about our look like our teeth and our hair. Elsa’s transformation is the perfect example that sometimes all you need is a little makeover to go from cute to stunning. It seems that as Elsa aged she learned what made her look the most flattering. She bleached her hair, she got her teeth fixed, she changed her hairstyle and began to wear makeup to accentuate her baby blues. (Apparently, there is a filter that makes her eyes look brown in the first image.)
13. Gisele Bündchen: A doctor’s visit led to her transformation
Gisele Bundchen is not only one of the most memorable Victoria’s Secret models ever, but she also happens to be married to a little someone by the name of Tom Brady. On top of that she was also the highest paid model in the world the last few years running before Kendall Jenner dethroned her. Nevertheless, it seems that Gisele did not always have the appearance that led to her fame and fortune as a supermodel. As it turns out, Gisele needed a little help from a plastic surgeon. While she did not undergo any major work outside of a rhinoplasty it seems, it was enough to change her look drastically. With a little nip, Gisele went from a cute Brazilian girl to an eye-catching bombshell. So there you have it, if you want to be a supermodel and marry a quarterback apparently you need slightly more than just being yourself. Perhaps this does not set the best example for all of us.
12. Gigi Hadid: The racist photo she wants buried
If you watched the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show this year, you might have noticed that Gigi Hadid was absent. While she still certainly looks the part of a VS Angel, she did not act like it a few months ago. During a dinner with friends, Gigi picked up a Buddha head figurine and gleefully squinted beside it while one of her friends was filming. What she may have intended as innocent, did not come across that way on social media when people started to accuse her of racism. Gigi offered a public apology saying, “It “hurts her” to hurt anyone, and that she wants all of her fans to know “it was never [her] intent to offend anyone through [her] actions.” Despite the apology, when it was announced she would walk in the VS show this year, Chinese fans flooded her page saying “you’re not welcome.”
11. Kendall Jenner: From average to Supermodel status
Given the Kardashian’s history, it comes as no surprise that they have all had major transformations over the years. While Kendall Jenner appears to have had the most natural transformation as she has blossomed from a teen to an adult, the difference is still evident. It is incredible what changing one’s style and switching up their hair and makeup can do to a person. She’s gone from a teen that didn’t really stand out to one of the most recognizable beauties in the world. While there have been rumors that Kendall has had a nose job, it seems to us that she just does her makeup differently now to better flatter her face. Of course, being the world’s highest grossing model in 2017, it’s no wonder that she can afford the best hair and makeup team.
10. Adriana Lima: Supermodels have bad angles too
It was no easy task to find one bad photo of Adriana Lima but it turns out that she’s been captured in unflattering photos too through the years. Of course, when an individual has their hair and makeup done, and have got their Supermodel camera-ready pose on, they are going to look stunning. Especially when they have a base to work with like Adriana Lima. But a little shift in perspective is all it takes for us to see a different side of Adriana. What a difference lighting, angles, makeup, hair and a pose can make to a photo. Adriana looks less like Adriana in the photo on the left and more like a distant cousin. We can all appreciate a gorgeous woman but it is nice to see that Adriana can take a bad photo just like the rest of us.
9. Behati Prinsloo: From drab to fab
Behati Prinsloo has always been one of our favorite Angels thanks to her spunky personality and for her ability to transform. She has always seemed like a down-to-earth, low maintenance woman to us, so it’s not too surprising that she sometimes blends into the crowd when she’s in public. What is slightly more surprising is the way that she is able to transform when it comes time to model or attend an event. We guess that’s why she gets paid what she does, given her ability to act as a chameleon. Take these two photos for instance, which were taken on the same day. In the first photo she is roaming the streets of New York and it’s possible you would miss her if she walked by. While in the second photo she’s a head turner while attending the MET Gala.
8. Naomi Campbell: When brows make or break a face
We have always known the importance of having a well-groomed pair of eyebrows to frame your face. So these two side-by-side images of Naomi Campbell just drive that point home even further. We think it is safe to say that Naomi has transformed for the better and we could not be happier for her for firing whoever used to do her eyebrows. In the first photo, she just looks like a pretty girl that went to your high school in the nineties when super thin brows were a thing. However, in the second photo, she looks like the Supermodel we all recognize and love that has walked on every major runway in the world. Naomi walked Victoria’s Secret runway in 2002, 2003 and 2005 but later went on to say that Victoria’s Secret could not afford her so she stopped doing the show.
7. Doutzen Kroes: From wallflower to supermodel
There is no denying that Doutzen still looks beautiful in the first photo but she just looks like a different kind of beautiful. Where as in the second picture she looks more like a Victoria’s Secret Angel, in the first photo she looks like the pretty girl from your hometown that everyone keeps telling that she needs to model. Once again, it is all in the eyebrows when it comes to the way that Dutch model Doutzen Kroes looks. While we all look different with makeup on, Doutzen almost looks unrecognizable. Don’t get us wrong, she definitely still has that Supermodel “it” factor in the first image, she just looks more like a high-fashion Couture model than a lingerie model. Nevertheless, we guess it pays to be versatile when you are in the modeling industry.
6. Irina Shayk: Better with age
While some men and women get worse with age, that is certainly not the case for Irina Shayk. In fact, Irina has gotten so much better with age that Victoria’s Secret only booked her for their runway show last year when Irina was pregnant. So for anyone who is afraid of aging, don’t be. Just take one look at Irina and realize that there is hope for all of us. Of course, Irina still had the same stunning features when she was younger; her style has evolved so much it’s made a world of difference. From coloring her hair to growing her eyebrows out and changing her style, Irina has really ‘shayken’ things up (sorry, we couldn’t resist). Not only does she look much better with age but she just keeps booking better and better jobs. Go, girl.
5. Alessandra Ambrosio: Being photo ready makes a huge difference
We have to admit that even on a “bad day” Alessandra still looks better than us but it’s nice to see that even models aren’t always camera ready. There’s no denying that the paparazzi are lurking around every corner in Hollywood just waiting to take an unflattering photo so if this is the worst that they could capture of Alessandra she’s doing alright. While Alessandra Ambrosio has openly talked about having plastic surgery, she’s had nothing done to her face. Rather when she was a child growing up in Brazil, she had botched otoplasty done to her. Otoplasty refers to getting one’s ears pinned, and Alessandra had the surgery when she was eleven-years-old. While we are sure she would have been a Supermodel regardless, it is nice to see how candid she is about her surgery.
4. Cara Delevigne: An unrecognizable transformation
Cara Delivigne has never been one to care about putting on an “I’m just always pretty” facade, and we really appreciate that about her. Whether it was during her modeling days or now, during her acting days, she’s always embraced her quirky personality and not shied away from making faces at the camera. Let’s not kid ourselves, we all know that Cara is perfectly capable of taking a stunning photo and we are pretty sure she knows it too. Nevertheless, it’s refreshing to see that not every model strives to look picture perfect at all times. While Cara has since given up her modeling career, saying the pressures of the industry were too much, she has smoothly transitioned into acting. Whether, modeling or acting, we love watching this woman do her thing.
3. Josephine Skriver: From girl next door to bombshell
Most models begin modeling when they are teenagers, so we almost get to grow up with them and see their transformation in real time. So while some models do get plastic surgery to aid with their transition from teen to adult, the jury is out on Josephine. While it is quite clear she has not touched her face over the years; we are not so sure about her body. Did she or didn’t she get breast implants is the question? We couldn’t tell you. It is quite possible that Josephine just grew up but we also know that being a Victoria’s Secret model they must be faced with a lot of pressure to be the perfect amount of curvy. So while the industry expects you to be skinny and toned, they also expect you to have larger breasts for lingerie modeling.
2. Romee Strijd: From plain jane to Supermodel
These days Romee Strijd is one of the most striking women on Victoria’s Secret runway, but once upon a time, she was a Plain Jane. Once again this transformation boils down to her growing up from a teen to an adult but also to her hair, makeup and eyebrows. While Romee was still a very pretty teenager, she was much more of a “blending in” type of girl than she is today. The most significant difference it seems comes from her growing out her eyebrows a bit and penciling them in for a darker look. Secondly, her styled hair makes a notable difference. Of course, lastly, the eyeliner and tanned skin make her eye color pop. Romee is another model that should give us all hope that a little makeup and styling can go a long way in transforming how we look.
1. Heidi Klum: From blending in to standing out
Heidi Klum has always stood out to us on the Victoria’s Secret runway and few people compare. While she has not modeled on the VS runway in years, we have not forgotten her. For us, Heidi was always the total package. Not only does she have a beautiful face and a perfect body but she also has one of the best personalities in the industry. Nevertheless, even someone who is a total package has days when she’s not on her A-game. Sometimes even Supermodels need a day off from looking glamorous. Even still, we would probably still recognize Heidi on the streets if she looked the way she does in the left photo, but that’s more so because she’s a modeling icon. So the next time you are feeling down on yourself for your looks just remember that we all have good days and bad days. Even Supermodels experience this.
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