See Alessandra Ambrosio's Stunning Farewell to Victoria's Secret

She's going out on top.

Photos of Alessandra Ambrosio on the catwalk

If you remember the days of receiving Victoria's Secret catalogues, chances are you were once obsessed with Alessandra Ambrossio. Even though all of the models were stunning, there was something special about her. She was exceptionally beautiful but also seemed so down-to-earth, constantly pictured stretching the sleeves over her sweater over her knuckles as she leaned against fireplaces in cozy ski chalets (usually alongside a stock attractive man wearing a chunky sweater).

She wasn't just a rack for the clothes; she wore them naturally, as if they were her own. As a result, she felt more real to me than any of the other models, like an attractive older sister or a hot babysitter you can't help you desperately admire and whose life who covet.

alessandra ambrossio on the cover of VS catalogues

Now 36, the 5'10 Brazilian beauty has confirmed the rumors that she will be leaving the brand that she has called home for 17 years after the conclusion of the Victoria's Secret Fashion Show in Shanghai.

On Tuesday, she wrote the following on her Instagram:

"Words cannot describe how grateful I am to have been working for this amazing brand that inspires me and women all over the world. In my wildest dreams I would have never imagined doing 17 Victoria's Secret Fashion Shows. Thank you Ed, and all my Victoria's Secret family for making these memories unforgettable. Last night was so emotional to say goodbye to my #angel sisters but we put on the biggest and best show ever. I could not have done this without all the love and support from my fans. It gives me great pride to be part the Victoria's Secret movement! I will always be cheering for you! Love you forever."


While she didn't specify what she'd be doing next professionally, she told People that she's looking forward to spending time with her husband and their 9-year-old daughter, and that she is excited to, "eat everything. Everything. Whatever comes to me."

After 17 years on the runway, girl, you deserve it.

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Diana Bruk
Diana is a senior editor who writes about sex and relationships, modern dating trends, and health and wellness. Read more
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