Martha Hunt (born 1989) is an American fashion model. Martha is mostly known for her work with Free People (an American bohemian apparel and lifestyle retail company) and for walking in the Victoria's Secret Fashion Show in 2013 and 2014. She became a Victoria's Secret Angel, which is the highest rung in the Victoria's Secret hierarchy, in 2015.
Martha is from Wilson, North Carolina. Discovered by a photographer in Charlotte, Martha signed with Code Management in 2007 and moved to New York City, debuting that September with an Issey Miyake show in Paris.
Not long after the Miyake show, Martha Hunt signed with the Nathalie agency in Paris. After that, Martha was on her way, walking for Givenchy the following year and appearing in Elle.
Martha's cover include the Greek Elle in July 2012, Style in Spring 2011 in the US, and, both in 2014, Marie Claire Italy in June and L'Officiel Mexico in October.
Martha has walked for all the top designers, including: Acne, Balmain, Carolina Herrera, Chanel, Christopher Kane, Diane Von Furstenberg, Dolce & Gabbana, Giorgio Armani, Hervé Léger, Jason Wu, Louis Vuitton, Marchesa, Miu Miu, Oscar de la Renta, Prada, Rag & Bone, Ralph Lauren, Stella McCartney, Tory Burch and Versace.
Martha's journey with Victoria's Secret began not long after the 2012 Victoria's Secret Show. She posed for the Victoria's Secret catalogue and did some other work for them. This led her to walk in the 2013 show, and she did so well that they asked her back in 2014. She has walked ever since, and will for several more years at least since she now is under contract to Victoria's Secret.
Martha Hunt appears to be a favorite of Victoria's Secret senior creative director Ed Razek. Martha appeared in holiday 2014 Victoria's Secret advertising directed by Michael Bay. In 2015, Martha was part of the first Victoria's Secret Swim Special.
Martha has a Facebook page, an Instagram and a Twitter account, where she updates her fans. She is in the running for the 2015 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue.
|Taylor Swift, Martha Hunt and Karlie Kloss at the 2014 Victoria's Secret Fashion Show, Dec. 2, 2014, held in London. Taylor Swift was the singer.|
Martha Hunt, incidentally, also has joined the Taylor Swift fan club. She appeared in the "Bad Blood" music video, and also has gone onstage at a "1989" concert. As one of Swift's very dear friends, she even went to the singer's July 4th barbecue in Rhode Island. It's all very cozy between Taylor and her model gal pals.
Taylor obviously cultivates relationships with Victoria's Secret models for some reason. It's not like Taylor is going down to the local Bingo Parlor to make friends because she desperately needs some kind of human contact. Instead, she seeks out some of the most photographed women on earth. The models, for their part, seem enchanted by all the attention from arguably the world's most famous singer.
Martha says that she is very glad to know Taylor Swift:
"She's always there for me and she always has good advice. She's been in the spotlight for a very long time so she obviously has so much advice to give me. I love hanging out with her, I love learning from her. She's really talented, she writes her own music. I mean, I have nothing but good things to say about her."That's all well and good. Martha makes Taylor sound a bit more like Yoda than a 20-something singer and wannabe Victoria's Secret girl. But, whatever is going on with all these girls, it sure does give them all some good publicity.
Is Taylor Swift, based strictly on looks, of Victoria's Secret quality? Frankly, no, though she tries with the very best makeup and fashions she can (easily) afford. At least one Victoria's Secret runway walker - Jessica Hart - stated so flatly in public. Of course, Jessica Hart apparently got banned from walking in the show for her candor, but sometimes free speech comes with a price tag. Taylor Swift aims high, and there's a lot to be said for that.
Martha Hunt has Scoliosis, which is abnormal curvature of the spine. Normally, that would not be something to mention, because it is a purely personal matter and does not affect her work or image. However, Martha is outspoken about the condition and makes videos in an attempt to find a cure for it or to create more understanding about the condition. She says:
Scars are uniquely beautiful, and they tell a triumphant story about you. I have a long one down my back, and one on my lower right abdomen.
Martha practices Transcendental Meditation.
|Martha Hunt during a Victoria's Secret photoshoot at Coney Island, New York in July 2017.|
Martha Hunt remains at the top of her game and is in fine fighting form.
I will say, I work out a lot, and that makes me feel better. It boosts my mind. I love to work out. I mostly work out with a trainer [three times a week] and then I'll do like tennis or sport every once in awhile for fun.
She makes the tabloids when she merely walks her dog these days, that's how big a sensation Martha has become. We are sure to be seeing much more of the enchanting Martha Hunt in the years to come.