(Photo: Gilles Bensimon/Maxim)

If you were one of the nearly five million viewers of the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show this past winter, you would know that 19-year-old Alanna Arrington lives up to her Instagram bio, which reads “I am who I want to be.” The Cedar Rapids, Iowa, native injects personality and attitude into everything she does, even walking the famed V.S. runway. 

For the 2017 event in Shanghai, she paired the standard strappy bra and lacy panties with a boyish shiny bomber jacket, striped over-the-knee neon boots, and her signature stomp.

“When I walked out this year, I was like, ‘I belong here.’ I used to run to Eminem’s ‘Lose Yourself’ playing on repeat while looking at a picture of Candice [Swanepoel] and Adriana [Lima] taped up with the words ‘You’ll do it one day,'” says Arrington of her early years trying to break into modeling. Now, she’s featured in Stella McCartney ad campaigns and on Chanel catwalks.

(Photo: Gilles Bensimon/Maxim)

Such self-confidence is tricky to find at 19, much less at 13, when
Arrington was discovered in her hometown. But this model oozes it from
her perfect pores. When I meet her on a frigid December afternoon at
Manhattan’s Soho Grand hotel, Arrington is wearing an oversize, bright
yellow hoodie with strappy track pants. She…

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