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Out with the Angels: Meet the 7 women reshaping Victoria's Secret and bringing the brand into the future

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Priyanka Chopra Jonas poses in a leather skirt and striped shirt.
Priyanka Chopra Jonas is one of seven members of the new VS Collective. Noam Galai/Stringer/Getty Images
  • Victoria's Secret announced on Wednesday that it's replacing its Angels with the VS Collective.

  • Seven women including Priyanka Chopra Jonas and Megan Rapinoe make up the group.

  • The lingerie brand says the group will help drive "positive change" in its company and the world.

  • Visit Insider's homepage for more stories.

Victoria's Secret announced on Wednesday that it's no longer going to have a cast of Angels.

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Victoria's Secret Angels were the stars of the brand's annual fashion show. Aly Song/Reuters

Models have always been the backbone of the Victoria's Secret brand, but its cast of Angels have traditionally been the company's real trademark.

Members of the latter group were under special contract with Victoria's Secret — meaning they had obligations to participate in brand events and catalogs, etc. — and they included women like Tyra Banks, Adriana Lima, and Elsa Hosk.

Victoria's Secret announced in 2021, however, that it will no longer have a group of Angels. In its place going forward will be the VS Collective, a new group of women that will help promote a refreshed brand image that's meant to be more diverse and inclusive.

Model Adut Akech is one of seven women in the new VS Collective.

A close-up shot of model Adut Akech
Adut Akech in Sydney, Australia, on November 24, 2017. Don Arnold/Getty Images

Akech is an Australian model known for her runway work with brands including Saint Laurent, Valentino, and Givenchy, and more. She was born in South Sudan, according to CNN, and spent much of her childhood in Kenya's Kakuma refugee camp before migrating to Australia.

Speaking with Victoria's Secret, Akech said that being a member of the VS Collective "marks such a special moment" in her life.

"I feel blessed to be part of a group that celebrates and empowers individuality," she said.

Amanda de Cadenet is a photographer, journalist, and media personality.

Amanda de Cadenet walks on a red carpet at the 76th annual Golden Globes nominee presentation.
Amanda de Cadenet in West Hollywood, California, on January 5, 2019. Gregg DeGuire/Stringer/Getty Images

The London native got her start as a presenter on British television series like "The Word" and "The Big Breakfast." Now, according to her website, she hosts "The Conversation" show and podcast. De Cadenet also founded Girlgaze, a digital platform meant to "close the gender gap" and "champion diversity, inclusion, and representation across the creative industry."

"I believe true change comes from the inside out and that a group of aligned people can shift culture," De Cadenet told Victoria's Secret.

She added: "I welcome the opportunity to be a part of this incredible collective of women, and to utilize my creative and professional abilities to prioritize authentic representation of women and support the VS senior leadership in their mission to drive systemic change."

Eileen Gu, a champion freestyle skier, is the youngest member of the VS Collective.

Skiier Eileen Gu poses at press conference in Beijing, China.
Eileen Gu in Beijing, China, on December 22, 2019. Fred Lee/Getty Images

At 17, Gu has already accomplished more than some twice her age. She was born in the US, and has competed in numerous skiing competitions for China since 2019. According to Red Bull, she even made history this year after winning three medals during her X Games debut.

She told Victoria's Secret that she feels "honored" to stand alongside other inspiring women and work with a brand that she says is "looking to break boundaries and use their platform to uplift, champion, and advocate for women across the world."

"Working with the VS Collective, I hope to unite and inspire by sharing my story and experiences," she said. "I am so privileged to be part of the change and to have this opportunity!"

Megan Rapinoe is a professional soccer player and LGBTQ+ advocate.

Megan Rapinoe on the field at the 2019 World Cup
Megan Rapinoe in Lyon, France, on July 7, 2019. Maja Hitij/Getty Images

It's not just her purple hair that makes Rapinoe stand out. Instead, it's her extreme skill, three World Cup wins, and frequent activism off the field that's made her one of the most legendary soccer players in US history.

"So often I felt myself on the outside looking in with brands in the beauty and fashion industry and I'm thrilled to be creating a space that see the true spectrum of ALL women," Rapinoe told Victoria's Secret.

Paloma Elsesser is a model known for her campaigns and magazine covers.

Paloma Elsesser on the red carpet at the 2020 Fenty fashion show.
Paloma Elsesser in Los Angeles, California, on October 2, 2020. Jerritt Clark/Stringer/Getty Images

According to Office Magazine, the 29-year-old moved to New York with dreams of becoming a psychologist. But after makeup artist Pat McGrath discovered her and cast her in a beauty campaign, she's become an influential model known for her candid statements on being plus size, a Black multiracial women in fashion, and more.

She told the lingerie brand that she's "beyond excited" to join the VS Collective, especially to "support our collective mission to embrace and celebrate the vastness and beauty of womanhood."

Multihyphenate star Priyanka Chopra Jonas also joined the VS Collective.

Priyanka Chopra Jonas poses in a leather skirt and striped shirt.
Priyanka Chopra Jonas in New York City on March 7, 2018. Noam Galai/Stringer/Getty Images

Chopra Jonas, who grew up in both India and the US, originally had dreams of becoming an engineer, as Insider previously reported. However, her career path changed after she starred in a Bollywood movie, won the Miss India pageant, and later was crowned Miss World.

The star, who is married to musician Nick Jonas, has since starred in "Quantico" and written a book.

"I am most excited for new customers, and for those who have always been a customer of Victoria's Secret, to feel represented and like they belong," she told the company.

Valentina Sampaio has already made history with Victoria's Secret - and now she's doing so again.

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Valentino Sampaio in Hollywood, California, on November 4, 2019. Frazer Harrison/Getty Images

In August 2019, Sampaio became Victoria's Secret's first openly transgender model. Then in July 2020, the Brazil native also was named Sports Illustrated's first openly transgender model and appeared in its annual swimsuit issue.

As part of the VS Collective, she said: "Victoria's Secret is committed to opening these doors for trans women like me by celebrating, uplifting, and advocating for ALL women."

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