Behati Prinsloo (born 16 May 1989) is a top Victoria's Secret model from Namibia. She is best known for being the face of the Victoria's Secret sub-brand Pink since 2008, for which she does print work, and has been a Victoria's Secret Angel since 2009. She has walked the Victoria's Secret Fashion Show from 2007-14, one of the longest runs in the show's history. She even opened the 2014 show, a major honor.
Behati is from Grootfontein, Otjozondjupa, Namibia, but she was born in Johannesburg, South Africa. The family later moved to Namibia. An Afrikaner, she speaks both Afrikaans and English. Storm Model Management founder Sarah Douglas spotted Behati, 16, whilst on holiday in Cape Town. She signed with the agency and quickly moved to London, England.
She had this to say about where she grew up:
I grew up in Namibia, and you know, it's in the bush. It's not like, forest... it's just bush!
Behati's covers are primarily in the Americas and Europe:
France: 'Elle' - March 19 2010; 'Elle' - August 19 2011; 'Elle' - February 17 2012; 'Jalouse' - June 2013
Italy: 'Muse'; 'Velvet' - June 2007; 'Elle' - June 2010
Mexico: 'GQ' - September 2013; 'Vogue' - November 2013
Netherlands: 'L'Officiel' - August 2012
Russia: 'Vogue' - February 2007
South Africa: 'Marie Claire' - May 2010
Sweden: 'Elle' - June 01 2010
UK: 'Telegraph Magazine'; 'i-D' - Summer 2011
US: 'Velvet' - June 2007; 'V Magazine' - September 2009
Behati is well-regarded within the fashion industry. She has represented all sorts of top designers, including Marc by Marc Jacobs, Tommy Hilfiger, Chanel, Hugo Boss, Gap, and Prada.
Prinsloo married to Maroon 5 frontman Adam Levine on 19 July 2014. She is an African girl at heart, saying once:
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.
Behati and a couple of other Angels had a one-off appearance on Hawaii Five-0 in December 2012, but there is no indication that she will abandon the modelling world any time soon. For now, Behati remains at the very peak of high fashion and a top model for Victoria's Secret.