Meet Estelle Chen, 17, the newest Asian face at Victoria's Secret 2017 show

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The Victoria's Secret annual show is considered the holy grail of modelling jobs and has the power to turn a model into an overnight star.

Secret's out: Victoria's Secret (VS) has officially chosen their lineup for its biggest runway show of the year.

Among them is Estelle Chen, a French model of Chinese descent born in Paris. 

The 17-year-old is the only Asian face among the 15 other newly-minted VS models. 

She made the big annoucement on her Instagram account, thanking family, friends, fans and the Victoria's Secret team (of course) for their support. 

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A post shared by Estelle 陈瑜 (@chen_estelle) on Aug 23, 2017 at 11:55am PDT

The 1.75m-tall model is relatively new to the modelling scene. She started out in 2013 but has already walked for fashion powerhouses Dior, Dolce & Gabbana, Elie Saab and Fendi.

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Why is the Victoria's Secret gig a big deal? 

The VS show is considered the holy grail of modelling jobs and has the power to catapault a model into an overnight star. Just look at Heidi Klum, Adriana Lima and Candice Swanepoel - they all started out somewhere. 

It is no wonder all the newbies were freaking out on Instagram yesterday when they got the callback after casting call. 

Meet the new crew for 2017 show: 

ALEXINA GRAHAM

AIDEN CURTIS

ALECIA MORAIS

AMILNA ESTEVAO

BRUNA LIRIO

DARIA KHLYSTUN

ESTELLE CHEN 

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A post shared by Estelle 陈瑜 (@chen_estelle) on Aug 23, 2017 at 11:55am PDT

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  • When it comes to representing the Victoria's Secret charm, few come close to supermodel Adriana Lima.
  • The Brazilian model, who has been working with the US lingerie brand since 1999, has been an 'Angel' since 2000 - a feat unsurpassed by any other 'Angel' past and present.
  • For VS fans, she has been the highlight of the annual Victoria's Secret fashion show for years, and has walked the runway in its million-dollar Fantasy Bra three times.
  • When she arrived at the brand's Mandarin Gallery store on Friday morning (Mar 10), she was nothing but pleasant, friendly and incredibly alluring.
  • At age 35, the Brazilian mother-of-two is every inch as fit and beautiful as she was when she first stepped into the modelling world 20 years ago.
  • Known for her seductive poses and expressive gaze, Lima told us how she manages to remain so fabulous after all these years.
  • The secret, she says, is having a healthy lifestyle which includes a love for boxing.
  • Oh, but most importantly, she also showed us how she takes those perfect selfies that her 10.2 million followers on Instagram love so much.

What do you think of these fresh faces? Let us know in the comments below. 

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