Victoria’s Secret model and Namibian native Behati Prinsloo has become a household name, and 2014 may have been her biggest year yet. The supermodel has been gracing magazine covers and rocking catwalks for the better part of a decade, but recently cemented her position as the fashion industry’s It Girl. Here are 12 things you didn’t know about Namibian supermodel Behati Prinsloo.
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Prinsloo was born in Grootfontein, Namibia in 1989 to a church minister father and bed-and-breakfast-manager mother. She attended church each week, and speaks Afrikaans as well as English.
At the age of 16, Prinsloo was vacationing in Cape Town, South Africa, with her family, when she was approached by Noelle Doukas, the daughter of Sarah Doukas and a representative of Storm Model Management. They asked her to come into the agency and she was signed immediately. Sarah is the agent who discovered supermodel Kate Moss.
Prinsloo’s first job was for Italian “Vogue,” and she was thrilled for the opportunity…until she realized it was just a foot modeling job. The Namibian beauty didn’t have to wait long after, however, before she started booking jobs for the whole package. She has worked the runway for the likes of Chanel, Louis Vuitton, Zac Posen, and more, and has been featured in countless magazines.
In 2007, Prinsloo began modeling for Victoria’s Secret P!nk line, geared towards teenagers. Over the years, she has moved up in the brand, and recently opened the 2014 Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show for the first time. She was also featured on the highly-anticipated 2015 Victoria’s Secret swimsuit catalog.
Along with fellow Victoria’s Secret Angel Lily Aldridge, Prinsloo began the tradition of throwing a huge pizza party for the models following the brand’s big annual fashion show. In an interview following the 2014 show, she confessed that she has been taking a break from the gym, and enjoyed “tons of pizza” immediately after coming off the runway.
The night before the 2012 Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show, Prinsloo appeared on an episode of CBS’s “Hawaii Five-O.” Along with fellow angels Jacquelyn Jabionski and Jasmine Tookes, the model guest starred as herself. In the episode, a threatening letter is sent to a Victoria’s Secret swimwear shoot on the beach in Hawaii, but it is not known which of the three models is the target.
Prinsloo’s only roommate when she first moved to own pad in New York City in 2009 was her hairless cat, Gollum. When asked about funny anecdotes from her time in the city, she said, “I moved into my house about a year ago, and so far nothing crazy has happened here except for my hairless cat, Gollum, making me laugh every day.”
Prinsloo has admitted to an embarrassingly large swimsuit collection that she hardly ever taps into. She said, “I kind of grew up on a beach so it was always around. And I’m a total bikini hoarder – it’s a little embarrassing how many bikinis I own, and that I only wear the same two bikinis always.”
In an interview, Prinsloo expressed her desire to move back to Africa. “One day I’ll definitely move to Cape Town, or Namibia, and uh, I don’t know what I want to do there but I’m gonna buy places and stuff and then just one day just try live off that, but still travel but live in Africa. I love Africa! My heart’s there.”
Second only to fellow African model and good friend, Candice Swanepoel, Prinsloo is the most popular Angel at Victoria’s Secret when it comes to search popularity. Given her increasing exposure and new status within the company, this is expected to grow!
Prinsloo’s very famous husband, Maroon 5 front man, Adam Levine, formerly dated Victoria’s Secret model Anne Vyalitsyna. The two split in early 2012, and Prinsloo and Levine began dating in June 2012. They wed in a small ceremony in Mexico in July 2014.
In addition to killing it in front of the camera, Prinsloo has proved herself behind the camera as well. In an interview with E!Online, she discussed her love of film, particularly black and white film, and her Contax G2 and Nikon F10 cameras. She said, “I think digital in some ways took away a photographer’s freeness. Not knowing what you have and seeing the pictures when you develop them is really nice. Every one comes out different, and I love the feel of film, the way it looks…I’ve learned a lot on shoots from everyone.”