Top 10 Hottest and Sexiest Female Models in the World
Ranking the top 10 hottest and sexiest models in the world is an impossible task. Ask anyone willing to participate in such a task and you’re guaranteed to hear a different list from each person.
Everyone has different preferences and criteria in regard to strictly judging models by their looks. For example, one person would say that Adriana Lima is a total goddess and the best thing that ever happened to the fashion industry. And in the other corner, a dude with questionable priorities would say the Brazilian beauty isn’t really a head-turner.
Lists of the hottest and sexiest models have always been subjective – and this list is no different. But in order to come up with our list, we narrowed down our options by heading over to Models.com and checking out the Top Sexiest category, which the site based on “visibility, fashion kudos, cultural impact and continued success.”
From that roster, we picked the 10 models that, in our opinion, should be on any list of the hottest and sexiest models in the world. Again, this is a purely subjective list based on our preferences. If you don’t agree with our list … well, we can’t really do anything about that. But feel free to share with us your own list down in the comments.
Now, then, shall we start the countdown?
10. Irina Shayk
Irina Shayk is a Russian model armed with eyes that could freeze you from 10 feet away. She is notable for being the first ever Russian to appear on the cover of the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue, doing so in 2011 after being previously featured in the magazine four times in non-cover appearances.
Shayk made headlines in 2007 for being selected as the face of Italian brand Intimissimi, replacing Ana Beatriz Barros. She has been on the cover of numerous notable magazines – including Esquire, GQ, and Cosmopolitan – and has walked the runways for Givenchy, Marc Jacobs, and Versace, among others. In 2014, Shayk made her movie debut in Hercules as Megara.
9. Alessandra Ambrosio
Known for her extensive work with Victoria’s Secret, Alessandra Ambrosio is a Brazilian model who began her career when she was just a teenager. She is one of the most recognizable models in the world and can easily command premium salaries from high-profile fashion brands. She regularly appears in annual lists of the sexiest women in the world (e.g. FHM and Maxim).
Along with fellow Brazilian Adriana Lima, Ambrosio has been a fixture in the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show for nearly two decades. The annual event definitely lost a star when Ambrosio decided to hang up her angel wings, so to speak, after last year’s show. She has modeled for Dolce & Gabbana, Prada, Louis Vuitton, Gucci, Chanel, and many other notable fashion brands.
8. Behati Prinsloo
In 2014, female fans of Adam Levine let out a collective sigh of defeat when the Maroon 5 frontman tied the knot with Behati Prinsloo. Because what chance do they have against one of the sexiest models in the world? Not that many of them had a realistic chance in the first place.
Prinsloo is a Namibian model best known for her work with Victoria’s Secret. She walked in the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show from 2007 to 2015, opening the show in both 2014 and 2015. She has been on the cover of numerous fashion magazines, including Elle, Vogue, and Marie Claire and has walked the runway for notable names such as Michael Kors, Ralph Lauren, and Calvin Klein.
7. Chanel Iman
Armed with an innocent smile that could melt ice (not literally, of course), Chanel Iman is an American model with dozens of high-profile works under her belt. She has worked the runways for big names such as Alexander McQueen, Louis Vuitton, Dior, DKNY, Yves Saint Laurent, Marc Jacobs, and Burberry.
Often cited one of the sexiest models in the world, Iman is perhaps best known for her work with Victoria’s Secret, having walked in the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show in 2009, 2010, and 2011. In 2010, she officially became a Victoria’s Secret Angel and was shown crying with genuine joy when the designers introduced her to her first ever angel wings. At just 27 years old, Iman is primed to continue to captivate the world with her lovely smile for many more years.
6. Kate Upton
Ever since her dougie video went viral in 2011, Kate Upton has been one of the most easily recognizable faces in the fashion world. She constantly ranks high on any list of the sexiest and hottest models in the world. And you only need to watch her performance in the popular Lip Sync Battle to know that, my goodness, she is quite the smoking goddess. (You’re welcome.)
Upton started her career in earnest in 2008 when she signed with Elite Model Management. In the decade since, she has secured dozens of high-profile modeling gigs, which include her cover appearances in the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue in 2012, 2013, and 2017. Upton also has six movie appearances under her name, with The Layover (2017) being the most notable.
5. Ana Beatriz Barros
Ana Beatriz Barros is a Brazilian model who has worked with many big-time names and brands in the fashion industry, including Chanel, Armani Jeans, Christian Dior, Valentino, DKNY, and Victoria’s Secret. In regard to the latter, Barros walked in the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show a total of six times between 2002 and 2009.
Aside from magazines in her native country, Barros has graced the cover of numerous international magazines, including Vogue and Marie Claire. She is also notable for working with Jennifer Lopez and her fashion line – Barros was chosen to become the face of JLO Lingerie in 2004 – and for being named the ambassador of Intimissimi in 2005.
4. Miranda Kerr
Like Alessandra Ambrosio and all the other Victoria’s Secret Angels, Miranda Kerr is one of the most easily recognizable faces in the industry. She started her modeling career in 1997. After getting significant exposure in her native country, Australia, she moved to New York. Since then, she has worked for labels such as Levi’s, Roberto Cavalli, L.A.M.B., Baby Phat, Neiman Marcus, and Maybelline.
Her work with Maybelline proved to be a turning point for Kerr as it led to her signing with Victoria’s Secret, which made her the first ever Australian model to be signed by the brand. She was named a Victoria’s Secret Angel shortly afterward and went on to appear at the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show in 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2011, and 2012.
3. Candice Swanepoel
Candice Swanepoel is a South African model with an impressive resume. She has worked with dozens of notable names and brands in the industry, including Tom Ford, Diesel, Ralph Lauren, Versace, Dolce & Gabbana, Michael Kors, Christian Dior, and Givenchy. Furthermore, she has appeared in big-name magazines such as Vogue, GQ, and Elle.
Swanepoel is best known for her work with Victoria’s Secret. Officially named a Victoria’s Secret Angel in 2010, she has walked in 10 Victoria’s Secret Fashion Shows. Considering she is still signed on, that number is likely set to go up in the coming years. Like Miranda Kerr, Swanepoel is one of the highest-earning models in the world, regularly appearing in Forbes’ top-earning lists.
2. Rosie Huntington-Whiteley
We’re now down to the last two models on our list of the hottest and sexiest models in the world. Hang tight, folks. In just a few minutes, you can finally air your grievances in the comments.
Known for her seductive pouty lips (seriously, those lips are something else), Rosie Huntington-Whiteley is an English model who didn’t hit full steam in her modeling career until 2008. Hat-tip to Burberry president Christopher Bailey for choosing Huntington-Whiteley for the brand’s autumn/winter campaign that year, which allowed us mere mortals to finally meet the English model.
Huntington-Whiteley comes with a comprehensive resume, having worked with top brands such as Givenchy, Versace, Louis Vuitton, Tommy Hilfiger, Escada, Balmain, and Bulgari. She has also worked with Victoria’s Secret, appearing in five Victoria’s Secret Fashion Shows from 2006 to 2010.
1. Adriana Lima
Surprised? Seriously, considering, well, everything about her, did you really think someone other than Adriana Lima was going to be at number one? Just look at her, man. Her gaze alone can make your knees buckle into submission.
Lima doesn’t really need any introduction. She’s a supermodel with an impressive resume too long to summarize here. She’s one of the highest-paid models in the world, regularly appearing in Forbes’ top-earning lists – consistently in the top five models since 2014. She’s a big-time endorser, too, with her famous Super Bowl ads in 2008 and 2012 pulling in millions of viewers.
Lima is most notable for her work with Victoria’s Secret. She has been walking in the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show since 2000 and is currently tied with Alessandra Ambrosio for the most appearances (17). In our eyes, Lima is the hottest and sexiest model in the world.
Once again, this list is based on our own opinion about the hottest and sexiest models in the world. So for goodness’ sake, put that pitchfork down and turn off that Caps Lock, which you probably activated upon seeing Kate Upton at sixth place. Let’s be civil about this, gentlemen. Head over to the comments section below and tell us who should AND shouldn’t be on our list.