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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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Exclusive: Luis Fonsi Talks Working with Rauw Alejandro, Christina Aguilera, and Demi Lovato

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Exclusive: Luis Fonsi Talks Working with Rauw Alejandro, Christina Aguilera, and Demi Lovato

Luis Fonsi is kicking off 2021 with a new single. The Puerto Rican superstar premiered the music video for “Vacío” on Feb. 18 featuring rising Boricua singer Rauw Alejandro. The guys put a new spin on the classic “A Puro Dolor” by Son By Four.

Luis Fonsi throws it back to his románticas.

“I called Omar Alfanno, the writer of ‘A Puro Dolo,’ who is a dear friend,” Fonsi tells Latido Music. “I told him what my idea was [with ‘Vacío’] and he loved it. He gave me his blessing, so I wrote a new song around a few of those lines from ‘A Puro Dolor’ to bring back that nostalgia of those old romantic tunes that have been a part of my career as well. It’s a fresh production. It sounds like today, but it has that DNA of a true, old-school ballad.”

The world got to know Fonsi through his global smash hit “Despacito” with Daddy Yankee in 2017. The remix with Canadian pop star Justin Bieber took the song to new heights. That was a big moment in Fonsi’s music career that spans over 20 years.

There’s more to Fonsi than “Despacito.”

Fonsi released his first album, the fittingly-titled Comenzaré, in 1998. While he was on the come-up, he got the opportunity of a lifetime to feature on Christina Aguilera’s debut Latin album Mi Reflejo in 2000. The two collaborated on “Si No Te Hubiera Conocido.” Fonsi scored multiple Billboard Hot Latin Songs No. 1s in the years that followed and one of the biggest hits was “No Me Doy Por Vencido” in 2008. That was his career-defining romantic ballad.

“Despacito” remains the second most-viewed music video on YouTube with over 7.2 billion views. The hits did not stop there. Later in 2017, he teamed up with Demi Lovato for “Échame La Culpa,” which sits impressively with over 2 billion views.

He’s also appearing on The Voice next month.

Not only is Fonsi working on his new album, but also he’s giving advice to music hopefuls for the new season of The Voice that’s premiering on March 1. Kelly Clarkson tapped him as her Battle Advisor. In an exclusive interview, Fonsi talked with us about “Vacío,” The Voice, and a few of his greatest hits.

What was the experience like to work with Rauw Alejandro for “Vacío”?

Rauw is cool. He’s got that fresh sound. Great artist. Very talented. Amazing onstage. He’s got that great tone and delivery. I thought he had the perfect voice to fit with my voice in this song. We had talked about working together for awhile and I thought that this was the perfect song. He really is such a star. What he’s done in the last couple of years has been amazing. I love what he brought to the table on this song.

Now I want to go through some of your greatest hits. Do you remember working with Christina Aguilera for her Spanish album?

How could you not remember working with her? She’s amazing. That was awhile back. That was like 1999 or something like that. We were both starting out and she was putting out her first Spanish album. I got to sing a beautiful ballad called “Si No Te Hubiera Conocido.” I got to work with her in the studio and see her sing in front of the mic, which was awesome. She’s great. One of the best voices out there still to this day.

What’s one of your favorite memories of “No Me Doy Por Vencido”?

“No Me Doy Por Vencido” is one of the biggest songs in my career. I think it’s tough to narrow it down just to one memory. I think in general the message of the song is what sticks with me. The song started out as a love song, but it turned into an anthem of hope. We’ve used the song for different important events and campaigns. To me, that song has such a powerful message. It’s bigger than just a love song. It’s bringing hope to people. It’s about not giving up. To be able to kind of give [people] hope through a song is a lot more powerful than I would’ve ever imagined. It’s a very special song.

I feel the message is very relevant to the COVID-19 pandemic we’re living through.

Oh yeah! I wrote that song a long time ago with Claudia Brant, and during the first or second month of the lockdown when we were all stuck at home, we did a virtual writing session and we rewrote “No Me Doy Por Vencido.” Changing the lyrics, kind of adjusting them to this situation that we’re living now. I haven’t recorded it. I’ll do something with it eventually. It’s really cool. It still talks about love. It talks about reuniting. Like the light at the end of the tunnel. It has the hope and love backbone, but it has to do a lot with what we’re going through now.

What do you think of the impact “Despacito” made on the industry?

It’s a blessing to be a part of something so big. Again, it’s just another song. We write these songs and the moment you write them, you don’t really know what’s going to happen with them. Or sometimes you run into these surprises like “Despacito” where it becomes a global phenomenon. It goes No. 1 in places where Spanish songs had never been played. I’m proud. I’m blessed. I’m grateful to have worked with amazing people like Daddy Yankee. Like Justin Bieber for the remix and everyone else involved in the song. My co-writer Erika Ender. The producers Mauricio Rengifo and Andrés Torres. It was really a team effort and it’s a song that obviously changed my career forever.

What was the experience like to work with Demi Lovato on “Echáme La Culpa”?

She’s awesome! One of the coolest recording sessions I’ve ever been a part of. She really wanted to sing in Spanish and she was so excited. We did the song in Spanish and English, but it was like she was more excited about the Spanish version. And she nailed it! She nailed it from the beginning. There was really not much for me to say to her. I probably corrected her once or twice in the pronunciation, but she came prepared and she brought it. She’s an amazing, amazing, amazing vocalist.

You’re going to be a battle advisor on The Voice. What was the experience like to work with Kelly Clarkson?

She’s awesome. What you see is what you get. She’s honest. She’s funny. She’s talented. She’s humble and she’s been very supportive of my career. She invited me to her show and it speaks a lot that she wanted me to be a part of her team as a Battle Advisor for the new season. She supports Latin music and I’m grateful for that. She’s everything you hope she would be. She’s the real deal, a true star, and just one of the coolest people on this planet.

What can we expect from you in 2021?

A lot of new music. Obviously, everything starts today with “Vacío.” This is literally the beginning of what this new album will be. I’ve done nothing but write and record during the last 10 months, so I have a bunch of songs. Great collaborations coming up. I really think the album will be out probably [in the] third or fourth quarter this year. The songs are there and I’m really eager for everybody to hear them.

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Lifestyles Of The Rich And Dangerous: Cartels Are Using TikTok To Lure Young People

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Lifestyles Of The Rich And Dangerous: Cartels Are Using TikTok To Lure Young People

If you’ve ever wondered what someone with a bulletproof vest and an AR-15 would look like flossing — the dance, not the method of dental hygiene — apparently the answer to that question can be found on TikTok.

Unfortunately, it’s not as a part of some absurdist sketch comedy or surreal video art installation. Instead, it’s part of a growing trend of drug cartels in Mexico using TikTok as a marketing tool. Nevermind the fact that Mexico broke grim records last year for the number of homicides and cartel violence, the cartels have found an audience on TikTok and that’s a serious cause for concern.

Mexican cartels are using TikTok to gain power and new recruits.

Just a couple of months ago, a TikTok video showing a legit high-speed chase between police and drug traffickers went viral. Although it looked like a scene from Netflix’s Narcos series, this was a very real chase in the drug cartel wars and it was viewed by more than a million people.

Typing #CartelTikTok in the social media search bar brings up thousands of videos, most of them from people promoting a “cartel culture” – videos with narcocorridos, and presumed members bragging about money, fancy cars and a luxury lifestyle.

Viewers no longer see bodies hanging from bridges, disembodied heads on display, or highly produced videos with messages to their enemies. At least not on TikTok. The platform is being used mainly to promote a lifestyle and to generate a picture of luxury and glamour, to show the ‘benefits’ of joining the criminal activities.

According to security officials, the promotion of these videos is to entice young men who might be interested in joining the cartel with images of endless cash, parties, military-grade weapons and exotic pets like tiger cubs.

Cartels have long used social media to shock and intimidate their enemies.

And using social media to promote themselves has long been an effective strategy. But with Mexico yet again shattering murder records, experts on organized crime say Cartel TikTok is just the latest propaganda campaign designed to mask the blood bath and use the promise of infinite wealth to attract expendable young recruits.

“It’s narco-marketing,” said Alejandra León Olvera, an anthropologist at Spain’s University of Murcia, in a statement to the New York Times. The cartels “use these kinds of platforms for publicity, but of course it’s hedonistic publicity.”

Mexico used to be ground zero for this kind of activity, where researchers created a new discipline out of studying these narco posts. Now, gangs in Brazil, Colombia, El Salvador, and the United States are also involved.

A search of the #CartelTikTok community and its related accounts shows people are responding. Public comments from users such as “Y’all hiring?” “Yall let gringos join?” “I need an application,” or “can I be a mule? My kids need Christmas presents,” are on some of the videos.

One of the accounts related to this cartel community publicly answered: “Of course, hay trabajo para todos,” “I’ll send the application ASAP.” “How much is the pound in your city?” “Follow me on Instagram to talk.” The post, showing two men with $100 bills and alcohol, had more than a hundred comments.

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