Drum-roll please… a batch of ten Amazonian Victoria's Secret angels has been unveiled – and included is 24-year-old Belfast-native, Stella Maxwell.
With a load of big names – Doutzen Kroes and Karlie Kloss among them – recently retiring from VS Angel duties, the door has been left wide-open for a crop of new faces to make their mark. Step forward Ms Maxwell, who has long been ‘one to watch’ and who first walked for the lingerie giant back in December.
“Victoria’s Secret – they are a privilege to work for; they appreciate your beauty. I think they are one of the few companies that celebrate the girl for being the girl,” she said at the time. “Your personality counts for a lot.”
With her father working as a diplomat, Stella was born in Belgium to Belfast parents. She and her brother (whom she refers to as her inspiration) later briefly moved to Australia before settling in New Zealand – where her career began when she was scouted by a local agency there. ‘Cookie’ – the nickname her friends know her by – moved to the US for work when she was still a teenager and she now calls Chinatown in Manhattan home.
Joining Stella is an international bunch of genetically-privileged women who hail from Russia, Poland, The Netherlands, Portugal, Brazil, Sweden and the US.
Still, it was bad news for Kendall Jenner. Despite being touted as a likely recipient of a pair of the lingerie company’s iconic wings, there was no room for the 19-year-old reality TV star this time around. Suki Waterhoue, 23, was another hotly-tipped candidate that doesn’t feature in the line-up.