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Victoria's Secret has added four new models to its Angel lineup

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News24xx.com -  Finally, Victoria's Secret has added four new models to its Angel lineup of 16 women as the brand strives to overcome adversity for the lack of diversity in its brand. 

Last week, that lingerie brand announcing Grace Elizabeth, 22, as the newest model to join the group.  She joined three other women — Barbara Palvin, Alexina Graham and Leomie Anderson - who will work with the brand consistently to model the lingerie and other clothing. 

Alexina, 29, is the first model with red hair the brand has hired to be a spokesmodel. Jamican-born Leomie, 26, was also added to the group as the sixth black model for Victoria's Secret. 
Barbara, 25, was announced as a Victoria's Secret Angel after she first walked for the brand in 2012. The Hungarian model took a six-year hiatus before appearing again on the runway for the 2018 Victoria's Secret Fashion Show.  The decision to add Barbara to the group was announced in March. 

Victoria's Secret's choices for its new Angels were under scrutiny after the brand experienced backlash about diversity.  

In an interview with Vogue in November, Victoria’s Secret executive producer Ed Razek caught flack for saying the brand was not changing to include plus-size women or transgender models because they did not fulfill a 'fantasy'.   

'If you’re asking if we’ve considered putting a transgender model in the show or looked at putting a plus-size model in the show, we have,' he said. 

Behati Prinsloo, 29, is a veteran with the brand and first joined in 2009. She stands as the longest-running Angel currently on roster since fellow model Adriana Lima retired in December. 

The model and wife to singer Adam Levine is joined with veteran models Candice Sawnepoel, 30, and Lily Aldridge, 33, who both started with Victoria's Secret as Angels in 2010.  

In 2015 was a big year for the brand as they invited eight women to join the Angel roster.

The models include Jasmine Tookes, Martha Hunt, Stella Maxwell, Elsa Hosk, Lais Ribeiro, Romee Strijd, Sara Sampaio and Taylor Hill. 

Josephine Skriver, 26, then started with Victoria's Secret as an Angel in 2016 to complete the list of 16 women currently modeling for the brand. 

In 1996, Victoria's Secret launched its Angel spokesperson position by giving model Karen Muddler the first set of wings ever for the brand. 

One year later, Tyra Banks earned her own set of wings and became one of the most prominent Angels the brand has ever seen. Not only was Tyra the first black model to don angel wings for Victoria's Secret, but she also was the first black model to wear the Fantasy Bra.  

The longest-running Victoria's Secret Angel Adriana Lima also was one of the first women chosen for the coveted position when she earned her Angel status in 2000 after first walking the runway in 1999. 

She devastated fans in December of last after announcing the end of her 18-year reign. 

Besides Adriana, model Alessandra Abrosio also recently retired from the brand in 2017 due to the desire to spend more time with her family. 

 

 

 

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