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It is well and truly the end of an angelic age. Supermodel and all-round BADASS lady, Adriana Lima, has bid an emotional goodbye to Victoria's Secret after walking in their star-studded catwalk show for the final time. We'd sob too.

Lima walked in her first Victoria's Secret show way back in 1999, and has remained one of their prime angels ever since. She is also a fan favourite, with many on the internet referring to her as… wait for it… THE GREATEST ANGEL OF ALL TIME. (#goat)

She is retiring from the infamous lingerie brand at the age of 37, and we have no doubt that hanging up those flawless diamond wings must be a difficult thing for the Brazilian supermodel, as VS cemented her career as a supermodel goddess.

The veteran model received a standing ovation as she carried out her final walk, wearing a sheer, sparkling top, blue lingerie, feathered beige heels and those statement wings. She looked like a vision, as per.

Lima was understandably tearful as she waved at the camera, saying goodbye to her fans and fellow angels with the glamour and grace of a true #angel. We're not crying. You're crying. 

In a moving Instagram post showing her best moments from a compilation of 19 shows, Lima wrote a caption thanking the brand for all that they have done for her:

"Dear Victoria, thank you for showing me the world, sharing your secrets, and most importantly not just giving me wings but teaching me to fly. And all the love to the best fans in the world! Love, Adriana."

Lima is now a mother of two, and was the longest-serving Victoria's Secret model and Angel, as well as acting as a spokesperson for the company. She joined forces with them at the tender age of 18.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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She has stomped the runway at the lingerie brand's annual televised show every year except 2009, while she was pregnant with Valentina, daughter number two.

She had been aiming to walk a total of 20 Victoria's Secret shows, as People reported back in 2017; 

"Maybe more, I don't know. It's nature. I'm working out, I'm being healthy, so let's see how the body is going to turn out. But I enjoy it. So let's say 20."

However, this changed when Lima spoke about the long-term struggles of modelling, and the tribulations of focusing on body confidence while being permanently aware of what you look like.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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She posted on Instagram:

"I had received a call for the possibility of filming a sexy video of me to be posted and shared in social media. Even though I have done many of this type, something had changed in me, when a friend approached me to share that she was unhappy with her body. 

"Then it made me think…. that everyday in my life, I wake up thinking, how do I look? Was I going to be accepted in my job?"

"And in that moment I realized that majority of woman probably wake up every morning trying to fit in a stereotype that society/social media/fashion etc imposed…. I thought that's not a way of living and beyond that…. that's not physically and mentally healthy, so I decided to make that change," she continued.

"I will not take [off] my clothes anymore for [an] empty cause….. #Embraceyouself #natureisbeautiful #naturalissexy #LOVEYOU."

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Her body confidence post inspired many fans to speculate that she was ending her ties with Victoria's Secret, which is renowned for the immense pressure it puts on it's models to look a certain way, and be a certain weight. It notoriously only showcases one body type on the runway.

The VS models are put through a gruelling exercise regime and diet, which many find almost impossible to endure for more than a few years. Adriana Lima, as the brand's longest-serving angel and mother-of-two, appears to have felt that the time was right to hang up her wings.

We'll miss her working those stunning catwalk #LEWKS every year, but her career is still booming. Age and beauty standards definitely won't hold this gal back.

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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.

Stella Maxwell walked for the lingerie brand late last year

 

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. 

There was no room for Kendall Jenner this year

 

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.

 

 

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