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17 Latinas That Have Modeled For Victoria’s Secret

The Victoria’s Secret catalogue and Fashion Show, which has been an annual event since 1995, regularly features a bevy of gorgeous Latinas. Whether they’re catalogue models or have risen up the ranks to become a Victoria’s Secret Angel, there are tons of Latinas that have achieved incredible success with this company. Today we’re going to explore some of our favorite Latina models that have posed or walked for Victoria’s Secret.  

1. Gisele Bündchen

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Undoubtedly the most famous Angel of all time is Gisele Bündchen, who became one of the highest-paid models in the world after her debut with Victoria’s Secret in 2000. Born in Horizontina, in the south of Brazil, alongside a large family (she has five sisters!), she was discovered in a mall in Sao Paulo in 1993. Because of her gorgeous curves, she is credited with ending the era of super-skinny models, and ushering in a new age of voluptuous runway shows.

2. Arlenis Sosa 

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Arlenis Sosa moved from the Dominican Republic to New York City in 2008, and started her modeling career immediately- she appeared at the Met Ball within a week of signing with an agency. She appeared in the 2008 Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show, where she wore an orange bra and panties with a modish fringe jacket. Since then, she has walked for incredible designers like Jason Wu and Anna Sui, and has been a spokesmodel for Lancôme for ten years.  

3. Adriana Lima 

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Adriana Lima is one of Victoria’s Secret’s most well-known models. She was hired as an Angel in 1999, and has been with the company ever since. Lima is so dedicated to her work as a model that she walked the 2012 Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show just two months after giving birth to her second child. Born in Salvador, Brazil, Lima is fluent in four languages- Portuguese, English, Italian, and Spanish. Unfortunately, she walked her 20th and last Victoria’s Secret show in November 2018.

4. Joan Smalls 

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Another highly-paid, extremely valuable model is Joan Smalls, a Puerto Rican model who first appeared in a Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show in 2011. She was recently ranked the 8th-highest paid model in the world. Smalls grew up and attended university in Puerto Rico, then moved to NYC in 2007. She’s appeared in the VS Fashion Show six times between 2011 and 2016, and also appeared in the 2015 Victoria’s Secret Swim Special. 

5. Alessandra Ambrosio

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Alessandra Ambrosio has walked in 17 Victoria’s Secret Fashion Shows, and recently posted an emotional Instagram post about her decision to move on after being with the company for almost two decades. The Brazilian beauty wore the Fantasy bra twice, and once walked the show in the heaviest wings ever made- the Passion Play Fan Wings, which were covered in Swarovski crystals and weighed 30 pounds.

6. Ines Rivero 

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Ines Rivero got her start at the age of 14, in a local fashion show in her hometown of Cordoba, Argentina. She signed with Victoria’s Secret in 1998, becoming one of the first generation of Angels alongside Heidi Klum and Tyra Banks. In 2012, she decided to switch careers, and became a judge on the reality TV show Model Latina South Beach. 

7. Daniela Braga 

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Daniela Braga’s first VS Fashion Show was in 2014, and since then she’s appeared in the show four times. Born in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Braga is the star of E! network’s Model Squad, a show that’s helping to bring awareness to the issue of diversity within the fashion industry.  

8. Sessilee Lopez

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27-year-old Sessilee Lopez was born in Philly to parents who immigrated from the Dominican Republic. She made her runway debut in 2004, but it took another four years to make it to the elite stage of the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show. Pro photographer Steven Meisel considers her his muse.

9. Barbara Fialho

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Barbara Fialho has walked in at least two segments of every Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show since her debut in 2012. This Brazilian bombshell most recently strutted the runway in a set of ‘wings’ made of metal stars, accompanied by studded thigh-high boots. In the same show, she also wore an orange-lined duster coat atop a silvery bra and panties.

10. Izabel Goulart

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Although her professional name is Izabel Goulart, this model was actually born Maria Izabel Goulart Dourado. Hailing from Sao Carlo, Brazil, she’s walked in an unbelievable 12 consecutive shows, from 2005 to 2016. Her very first outfit was a candy cane fantasy with red and white striped wings, and red stockings under silver stilettos. In 2016, she led the closing parade at the Rio Summer Olympics.

11. Helena Christensen

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Helena Christensen was born to a Danish father and a Peruvian mom, and grew up speaking five languages- Danish, Spanish, English, French, and German. This multi-lingual stunner started her modeling career in Paris, and soon became one of the most popular supermodels of the 90s. She walked in both the 1997 and 1998 VS Fashion Shows.

12. Isabeli Fontana

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35-year-old Isabeli Fontana was a fixture of the VS Fashion Show between 2003 and 2014. Born in Curitiba, Brazil, to Italian parents, she moved to Milan at the age of 14 to pursue a modeling career. She was only 16 when she first appeared in a Victoria’s Secret catalogue, and as a result of the controversy, Victoria’s Secret promised not to use models that were under the age of 18.

13. Omahyra Mota 

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Omahyra Mota is a Dominican model who walked in the 2001 Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show. Professionally, she’s often known by just her first name. After working as a model for several years, she transitioned into acting full time, appearing as Arclight in X-Men: The Last Stand in 2006.

14. Janeice Dilone 

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Janeice Dilone, who often goes by simply Dilone professionally, was born in New York City to a large family of Dominican heritage. Despite only being 24 years old, she’s walked in two consecutive VS Fashion Shows in 2016 and 2017. In her debut season, she walked in over 50 fashion shows. 

15. Lais Ribeiro

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Born in Brazil, Lais Ribeiro dreamed of being a Victoria’s Secret Angel since she was little. The 6-foot nurse-turned-model first walked for VS in 2010, and has appeared in the VS Fashion Show seven times. In 2015, she wore the $2 million Champagne Nights Fantasy Bra, which was set with thousands of yellow diamonds, sapphires, and topaz.

16. Daniela de Jesus Cosio

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Born in Mexico, Daniela de Jesus Cosio’s career started when she placed second in the Nuestra Belleza Mexico pageant in 2005. She’s represented by six separate modeling agencies, and splits her energy between runway shows and print advertisements. She’s appeared in Victoria’s Secret ad campaigns in addition to her work for Abercrombie & Fitch, L’Oreal, and Ralph Lauren.

17. Flavia de Oliveira 

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Born in Londrina, Brazil, Flavia de Oliveira has walked in five VS Fashion Shows between 2006 and 2011. This green-eyed beauty only ever wore one pair of wings, which were made of pleated black tulle. Since her time with Victoria’s Secret, she’s walked shows for Missoni, Dior, and Chanel.

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America Ferrera Celebrates 20th Anniversary Of Working On ‘Gotta Kick It Up’ With Sweet IG Post

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America Ferrera Celebrates 20th Anniversary Of Working On ‘Gotta Kick It Up’ With Sweet IG Post

It has been 20 years since America Ferrera’s dream of becoming an actor back true. She took to Instagram to reflect on the moment that her dream started to come true and it is a sweet reminder that anyone can chase their dreams.

America Ferrera shared a sweet post reflecting on the 20th anniversary of working on “Gotta Kick It Up!”

“Gotta Kick It Up!” was one of the earliest examples of Latino representation so many of us remember. The movie follows a school dance team trying to be the very best they could possibly be. The team was down on their luck but a new teacher introduces them to a different kind of music to get them going again.

After being introduced to Latin beats, the dance team is renewed. It taps into a cultural moment for the Latinas on the team and the authenticity of the music makes their performances some of the best.

While the movie meant so much to Latino children seeing their culture represented for the first time, the work was a major moment for Ferrera. In the Instagram post, she gushes over the celebrities she saw on the lot she was working on. Of course, anyone would be excited to see Jennifer Aniston and Brad Pitt hanging out. Yet, what stands out the most is Ferrera’s own excitement to realize that she can make money doing what she loves most.

“I wish I could go back and tell this little baby America that the next 20 years of her life will be filled with unbelievable opportunity to express her talent and plenty of challenges that will allow her to grow into a person, actress, producer, director, activist that she is very proud and grateful to be. We did it baby girl. I’m proud of us,” Ferrera reflects.

Watch the trailer for “Gotta Kick It Up!” here.

READ: America Ferrera’s “Superstore” Is Going To Get A Spanish-Language Adaptation In A Win For Inclusion

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This Artist Has Been Breaking Barriers As A Non-Traditional Mariachi

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This Artist Has Been Breaking Barriers As A Non-Traditional Mariachi

On a recent episode of ABC’s game show To Tell The Truth, three celebrity panelists were tasked to uncover the identity of a real mariachi singer.

Each contender embodied “non-traditional” attributes of mariachi culture either through physical appearance or language barriers, leaving the panelists stumped.

When it came time for the big reveal, with a humble smile 53-year-old Timoteo “El Charro Negro” stood up wowing everyone. Marveled by his talents, Timoteo was asked to perform unveiling his smooth baritone voice.

While not a household name in the U.S., his career spans over 25 years thriving on the catharsis of music.

Timoteo “El Charro Negro” performing “Chiquilla Linda” on Dante Night Show in 2017.

Originally from Dallas, Texas, Timoteo, born Timothy Pollard, moved to Long Beach, California with his family when he was eight years old. The move to California exposed Pollard to Latin culture, as the only Black family in a Mexican neighborhood.

As a child, he recalled watching Cantinflas because he reminded him of comedian Jerry Lewis, but musically he “got exposed to the legends by chance.”

“I was bombarded by all the 1960s, ’70s, and ’50s ranchera music,” Timoteo recalls to mitú.

The unequivocal passion mariachi artists like Javier Solis and Vicente Fernandez possessed heavily resonated with him.

“[The neighbors] always played nostalgic music, oldies but goodies, and that’s one thing I noticed about Mexicans,” Timoteo says. “They can be in their 20s but because they’ve grown up listening to the oldies it’s still very dear to them. That’s how they party.”

For as long as he can remember, Pollard “was born with the genetic disposition to love music,” knowing that his future would align with the arts.

After hearing Vicente Fernandez sing “Lástima Que Seas Ajena,” an awakening occurred in Pollard. While genres like hip-hop and rap were on the rise, Pollard’s passion for ranchera music grew. It was a moment when he realized that this genre best suited his big voice.

Enamored, Pollard began to pursue a career as a Spanish-language vocalist.

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At 28, Timoteo began learning Spanish by listening and singing along to those artists he adored in his youth.

“When I decided that I wanted to be a mariachi, I didn’t think it was fair to exploit the culture and not understand the language,” he says. “If I’m going to sing, I need to be able to communicate with my audience and engage with them. I need to understand what I’m saying because it was about honor and respect.”

Pollard began performing local gigs after picking up the language in a matter of months. He soon attracted the attention of “Big Boy” Radio that adorned him the name Timoteo “El Charro Negro.”

Embellishing his sound to highlight his Black heritage, Pollard included African instruments like congas and bongos in his orchestra. Faintly putting his own spin on a niche genre, Pollard avoided over-saturating the genre’s sound early in his career.

Embraced by his community as a beloved mariachi, “El Charro Negro” still encountered race-related obstacles as a Black man in the genre.

“There are those [in the industry] who are not in the least bit thrilled to this day. They won’t answer my phone calls, my emails, my text messages I’ve sent,” he says. “The public at large hasn’t a problem with it, but a lot of the time it’s those at the helm of decision making who want to keep [the genre] exclusively Mexican.”

“El Charro Negro” persisted, slowly attracting fans worldwide while promoting a message of harmony through his music.

In 2007, 12 years into his career, Pollard received a golden ticket opportunity.

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Pollard (left) seen with legendary Mexican artist Vicente Fernandez (right) in 2007. Photo courtesy of Timothy Pollard.

In a by-chance encounter with a stagehand working on Fernandez’s tour, Pollard was offered the chance to perform onstage. The singer was skeptical that the offer was legit. After all, what are the chances?

The next day Pollard went to his day job at the time and said, “a voice in my head, which I believe was God said, ‘wear your blue velvet traje tonight.'”

That evening Pollard went to a sold-out Stockton Area where he met his idol. As he walked on the stage, Pollard recalls Fernandez insisting that he use his personal mic and band to perform “De Que Manera Te Olvido.”

“[Fernandez] said he did not even want to join me,” he recollects about the show. “He just was kind and generous enough to let me sing that song on his stage with his audience.”

The crowd applauded thunderously, which for Pollard was a sign of good things to come.

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Timoteo “El Charro Negro” with Don Francisco on Don Francisco Presenta in 2011. Photo courtesy of Timothy Pollard.

In 2010, he released his debut album “Me Regalo Contigo.” In perfect Spanish, Pollard sings with great conviction replicating the soft tones of old-school boleros.

Unraveling the rollercoaster of relationships, heart-wrenchingly beautiful ballads like “Me Regalo Contigo” and “Celos” are his most streamed songs. One hidden gem that has caught the listener’s attention is “El Medio Morir.”

As soon as the track begins it is unlike the others. Timoteo delivers a ’90s R&B love ballad in Spanish, singing with gumption as his riffs and belts encapsulate his unique sound and story.

Having appeared on shows like Sabado Gigante, Don Francisco Presenta, and Caso Cerrado in 2011, Timoteo’s career prospered.

Timoteo hasn’t released an album since 2010 but he keeps his passion alive. The singer has continued to perform, even during the Covid pandemic. He has high hopes for future success and original releases, choosing to not slow down from his destined musical journey.

“If God is with me, who can be against me? It may not happen in a quick period of time, but God will make my enemies my footstool,” he said.

“I’ve continued to be successful and do some of the things I want to do; maybe not in a particular way or in particular events, but I live in a very happy and fulfilled existence.”

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