The name Adriana Lima has become almost synonymous with that of Victoria's Secret. The 37-year-old Brazilian beauty has been an ambassador and muse for the lingerie giant since 2000, and the OG Angel has only missed one show — in 2009, when she was pregnant — in 18 years. (She's such a warrior that in 2012, she walked the show just five weeks after giving birth.) While the brand's crew of Angels is in constant flux, Lima's been a mainstay for nearly two decades, inspiring both her international fan base and the up-and-coming roster of newbies who have joined the Victoria's Secret family each season.
In the era of Instagirls and celebrity offspring models, Lima is still at the top of her game — with the athletic chops to prove it — but according to new reports coming out of the Victoria's Secret Fashion Show in New York, she's hanging her wings up for good. The Daily Mail spoke to Georgia Fowler, narc, who let it slip that the 2018 event would be Lima's last. During the taping of the show at Pier 94, Lima had a whole segment of the runway spectacular dedicated to her, complete with a video montage of her walks from over the years and a solo victory lap down the catwalk. In case emotions weren’t running high enough, Victoria's Secret made her a sign that read, "Thank you to the best Angel of all time." Hopefully her makeup artist backstage used waterproof mascara.
Last year, Lima's fellow Brazilian Victoria's Secret sister, Alessandra Ambrosio, retired her Angel wings after 17 years. This certainly marks the end of a big chapter for the brand — one that's coming at a time when it's under more public scrutiny than ever.
We'll update this post with more information as it becomes available.
Update, Thursday, Nov. 8, 5:40 p.m.: Well folks, it's official. Lima posted a bittersweet farewell message on her Instagram page shortly after the runway show began, essentially announcing her retirement from Victoria's Secret. "Dear Victoria," she wrote. "Thank you for showing me the world, sharing your secrets, and most importantly not just giving me wings but teaching me to fly."