Meet Victoria's Secret 2010 SWIM Cover Girl Lindsay Ellingson

01/06/2010 at 09:00 AM ET

Russell James

Victoria’s Secret has a long history of turning models into supermodels — and Angels! — and their latest pick for greatness is Lindsay Ellingson, who graces the cover of their new 2010 SWIM catalogue in nothing but a daring “topless” bikini. The California girl felt at home on her shoot on the beach on gorgeous Necker Island, calling it “really an experience of a lifetime!” Lindsay explains, “It’s the most beautiful place I’ve ever been. We shot the cover in the evening during sunset. It was really a magical setting.” Having already walked the runway for designers such as John Galliano, Gucci and Dolce & Gabbana, you might think the beauty might be jaded, but she tells PEOPLE that she is thrilled to be chosen for the cover, saying “Being chosen for the cover is one of the most exciting things that has happened in my career. Being a Victoria’s Secret model means so much to me. The greatest thing about being a VS model is that I get to be myself and show who I am.” And as for showing off her own sensational form, she tells PEOPLE that she was totally comfortable in her sexy suit, with or without the top on! “So, on the cover I’m wearing a “topless” bikini with a removable bandeau [pictured on]. We shot it both ways, with and without the bandeau. I felt great in it and my hair covered me when I shot topless so I wasn’t uncomfortable at all.” She elaborates, “I actually got so comfortable I was dancing around on the beach — of course, with the bandeau. I would wear it if I was back on Necker Island on my own private beach!” The 2010 Victoria’s Secret SWIM catalogue hits mailboxes this week. –Melissa Liebling-Goldberg

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G. on

WOW!!!! i’d like to say that this girl is really pretty, she’s not too skinny but looks just fine to me. For those who say they wish that “big women” would be featured on the cover of magazines, let me just say: Being FAT/BIG however you want to call it is bad for you. You risk having diabetes, cholesterol, heart attacks, and so much more. So encouraging young girls to be fat/big or ok with the fact that they are, is not good. This girl probably does pay attention to what she eats, as she probably eats quite healthy, and works out. Well guess what? That’s the right thing to do. I’m not saying starve yourself, but just know that eating cheeseburgers/coke/fries everyday will lead you to lots of health problems by the time you hit 40. I for one pay attention to what i eat, i work out, i’m very healthy and very happy to be this way. I eat my vegetables and fruits, fish and steaks, i hit the gym or go run pretty much everyday, and i’m proud of my body.

Mecala on

I want to say she is not pretty and is too skinny, but I can’t!! I’m just jealous! She’s beautiful and has a great body!

cheri on

Why are we putting down a gal with a slender body ?
We all have different bodyt types and personally I’m getting tired of seeing so many chunky thighs, hips and big boobs. I can identify with her completely except she is much younger than me.. we have the same body.
We can all be represented and yes some of us naturally have slender hips and smaller boobs.
Why all the hateful remarks just because she is a petite woman. Can’t we learn to love all body types.
Also remember we all have different metabolisms and some of us are very physically active which means we can eat very well and healthy and still look slender.
With so many overweight women in world today it seems that’s mostly what I’m seeing, which probably tells younger girls it’s OK to be chunky when they would enjoy physical activity more if they didn’t have to haul around so much extra weight and feel uncomfortable bending and moving when enjoying whatever your hobby is. Mine is horse back riding and I’m in super shape and very strong but if I was heavier I wouldn’t enjoy how I feel riding as much. So relax and enjoy everyone’s differences. I certainly don’t judge or criticize heavier women I see around town etc….it’s their choice after all.

Viva la difference !!

Benilde on

Where are the girl’s hips and boobs? Maybe VS should check the age of this one. She looks no more than 14 years old.

Lauren on

Come on people- swimsuit models, especially vicky’s, are always very thin and don’t have a lot of curves. Get over it. This model is thin but she doesn’t look as bad as some that I’ve seen. I’m thin and am a healthy eater, should I be labeled anorexic and “unattractive” because I’m natural thin? No. Beauty comes in all shapes and sizes but let’s face it- swimsuit models look best thin.

Andrea on

Too Skiny in my opinion!!!

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kim on

I’m really disappointed at their choices for the new models they pick. No curves and not even attractive….what is going on at Victorias Secret? How disappointing!!!!!!!!!!!

Cherish on

First off-for all of us skinny “twiggy” girls out there- BITE ME!!!! She looks perfectly healthy. Her stomach is in no way decended. How pathetic that you would compare her to the poor children in Africa who truely ARE suffering!!! Those are called abs, just because some of you haven’t seen yours in awhile doesn’t give you the right to attack. CONGRATS to her on the huge opportunity!!!

RSharpe on

I agreed with most of the comments that this girl is not a representation of us “normal” girls. I like VS clothes/swimwear but really who among us is going to wear this suit? Most of us who have children would NEVER buy this suit. Even when I was 19 I wouldn’t have worn this suit. Much too risque for me and I would think most other women.

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