12 Body-Image Quotes From Victoria's Secret Angels That Are Totally Relatable

When you look at the lineup of Victoria's Secret Angels, you may think, "How could they ever feel down in the dumps about those abs?" But we're all human. When it comes to body image, we have good days and bad days — moments we feel sexy and times we wish we were curvier or more toned.

And the VS supermodels are right there with you. While high-fashion models wear clothes down the runway, the Angels strip down to their lingerie to take the catwalk. They often feel pressured to keep up appearances, and it's friggin' frustrating, though it can be motivating too. At least, that's what we gathered from some of the quotes below. Ahead, you'll find 12 uplifting, relatable notes from the Victoria's Secret Angels, plenty of which will put a smile on your face.


Sara Sampaio

"People need to realize that models get [professional] hair and makeup, incredible lighting, and we know how to pose. I’ve been doing this job for almost 10 years so I know how my body looks good from different angles. But I don’t look like that in real life. I’m like every other girl; there are things I wish I could change about my body, but I try not to think about them too much." — The Edit, 2016


Adriana Lima

"I can't say that when I was younger I was totally confident. The industry is hard, and when you're an unknown model, you could either get great jobs or be rejected. Rejection is never easy, but you have to have grit in order to keep going and hold your head high. Becoming an adult and having children has helped me become more confident in who I am as a woman. I’ve become more self-aware and understanding of my strengths on a deeper level, which helps me become more confident on the outside. So my best advice is to forget everything and everyone, and just feel good." — Byrdie, 2016


Alessandra Ambrosio

"After having Anja I only had three months to lose all the weight [before doing the 2008 Victoria's Secret show] and I was on this 1,200-calorie-a-day meal-delivery service that I hated. I couldn't do that again. [Show prep generally] is so stressful . . . there's so much pressure on us all — not just in terms of shape — and the energy gets sucked out of you, so my favorite thing to do afterwards is dance all night long." — Elle, 2016


Candice Swanepoel

"The secret to body confidence for me is obviously working out and doing as much as I can, staying healthy at the same time, doing as much I can for the show, and knowing I tried my best . . . And knowing what attributes you have to show off." — She Knows, 2012


Martha Hunt

"You don’t want to overthink it; you want to still be yourself, but you want to be the best version of yourself. I work out, train really hard, and eat healthy food. You don’t want to be too thin; you want to be fit and a good example of a feminine woman’s body." — Hamptons Magazine, 2015


Elsa Hosk

"A lot of times I wake up and I tell my boyfriend, ‘Babe, the last thing I want to do right now is shoot lingerie, I had pizza last night, I’m on my fucking period, I just don’t want to go in front of the camera right now.' Honestly, when you’re exposed in lingerie all the time, you have to find a way to quickly get comfortable with your body. I’ve just learned that when I have an imperfect day, it’s not going to help me to stress about it." — Self, 2016


Lily Aldridge

"I’m a woman, of course I still have curves on me, and that’s OK. I had a baby and I’ve worked hard. And I don’t think women should have to feel that kind of pressure. I’ve done it really healthfully, and I took my time. Even though four months is really fast. I think you have to ignore those things, because I’m a human, and I did as much as I can." — Huffington Post, 2012


Josephine Skriver

"For me, sexy is when I'm happy. Staying positive, like waking up and deciding the day is good. That's when I feel the most sexy." — AOL, 2016


Stella Maxwell

"Modeling for me is like acting. So if I feel sexy in the underwear, I can perform. I wear the clothes, I have the hair and makeup. I just open up." — Vogue UK, 2015


Romee Strijd

"On the one hand, I would love to be an Angel, but on the other hand, you have to be all year round sleek and bikini-ready and that is not so easy for me . . . Every day I should exercise and really pay attention to my diet. If I ever do get the opportunity, I would grab it, of course, but it would not be easy for me." — Vogue Netherlands, before she got her wings in 2014.


Lais Ribeiro

"I'm a huge fan of Victoria's Secret, even before I became a model! I love Body by Victoria in lace, and I guess everyone else does too. It's always sold out. My boyfriend loves it when I buy new bras. When I feel confident on the inside, it shows on the outside." — Cosmopolitan, 2012


Lily Donaldson

"I’m going to try to smile, because laughter lines are the nicest ones." — Elle UK, 2015