18 Things to Know About the Newest Victoria's Secret Fashion Show Models

Winnie Harlow and others will make their Victoria's Secret Fashion Show debut at the 2018 event this week.

By Corinne Heller Nov 07, 2018 1:00 PMTags
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Winnie Harlow, Josie CansecoDuckie Thot and a slew of other models from all over the world will make their Victoria's Secret Fashion Show runway debut at the 2018 event this week.

The newbies were all smiles when they left the 2018 Victoria's Secret Fashion Show casting callbacks in September, and with good reason!

"I had a break down before i walked into the most nerve wrecking casting of my life," Winnie wrote on Instagram at the time. "I asked my driver to go around the block twice before i could walk into the @VictoriasSecret offices so i could re coup, and remember (while my trainer @bodybymato reminded me on the phone through sobs - thank you lol) how hard I've been working!"

"When it was finally my time, within my nervous storm of anticipation i changed into a black Victoria Secret set and stepped out!!!!" she said. "I spoke to them about Jamaica, @nick_knight , my abs, and how i was beyond honoured to be given the opportunity to try out.. then I walked for my life!!!! I can't believe this!! Thank you for giving me all the energy and kindness in that room! Thank you for allowing me to walk for VICTORIA'S SECRET!"

Check out details about the Victoria's Secret newbies.

Winnie Harlow

The 24-year-old Canadian model rose to national fame as a contestant on season 21 of America's Next Top Model in 2014, namely due to her unique skin condition, vitiligo, characterized by depigmentation of parts of the skin. She will be the first model with this condition to walk the Victoria's Secret runway.

Josie Canseco

The 23-year-old Florida model is the daughter of former MLB star Jose Canseco and ex-wife Jessica Canseco.

Mayowa Nicholas

The 20-year-old Nigerian model was supposed to make her Victoria's Secret Fashion Show debut at the 2017 event but was among a few of her peers who was denied a visa to China.

Sabah Koj

The model was born in war-torn South Sudan, lived in Egypt for four years and then migrated to Australia at age 7 with her family, according to Who What Wear.

Iesha Hodges

The 23-year-old is originally from Brooklyn and has modeled for brands such as Miu Miu, Marc Jacobs and Oscar de la Renta.

Mélie Tiacoh

The model was born in Paris and was raised in Abidjan, Côte d'Ivoire, West Africa.

Lorena Rae

The 24-year-old German model was romantically linked to Leonardo DiCaprio in 2017.

Yasmin Wijnaldum

The 20-year-old Dutch model rose to fame as the face of Prada at the age of 17. It was her first modeling campaign.

Sadie Newman

The 24-year-old British model started her modeling career nearly a decade ago and moved by herself from England to New York at age 16. She told the Sidmouth Herald newspaper in her hometown, "I don't remember ever feeling scared about moving so young, I think I was just so excited and optimistic and the city is constantly so busy that I was always occupied and still am."

Maia Cotton

The 19-year-old New Zealand model is also a dancer; she has practiced ballet and contemporary dance since she was 4, according to the New Zealand Herald.

Duckie Thot

The 23-year-old Australia's Next Top Model alum often models for Rihanna's Fenty brand.

Cheyenne Maya-Carty

The 18-year-old British model has only been modeling for five years! She was scouted by a modeling agent while roller-skating in London, according to Next.co.uk.

Isilda Moreira

The 19-year-old Portuguese model was got discovered aged 14 while vacationing in London, according to Forbes.

Kelsey Merritt

The 22-year-old model will make history by becoming the first Filipino model to walk the Victoria's Secret runway. She wrote on Instagram in September, "WE DID IT PHILIPPINES!!!!!! What an honor it is to be the first Filipino to walk in the Victoria's Secret Fashion Show 2018!!!

Alannah Walton

The 18-year-old Australian model, who goes by the nickname Lani, originally wanted to be an Olympic swimmer but grew tired of the sport. She told Australia's Monster Children magazine in 2017, "I gave up last year on swimming because I'd been doing it every single day since I was five. It was exhausting, boring, and every day was so repetitive."

Willow Hand

The 19-year-old Florida native famously opened Prada's fall/winter 2015/2016 show when she was just 16.

Sofie Rovenstine

In 2018, the 19-year-old Franklin, TN native was crowned Miss Tennessee Teen USA.

Myrthe Bolt

The 19-year-old Dutch model said in 2017 that after she stops modeling, she would like to study to become a doctor.

The 2018 Victoria's Secret Fashion Show takes place in New York City on Thursday, November 8, and will air on ABC on December 2.