Stella Maynes Maxwell (born May 15, 1990) is a top Victoria's Secret fashion model.
Aside from her modelling, however, Stella has become a topic of gossip in the tabloids for her relationship with American singer Miley Cyrus.
Stella Maxwell was born in Belgium, living there with her family until the age of 13. She then moved to Canberra, Australia, and then, a year later, to Wellington, New Zealand. Maxwell then matriculated at Otago University, where she was discovered by a talent agent.
Stella was an instant sensation on the modelling scene. Her clients aside from Victoria's Secret include:
- Alexander McQueen,
- Ermanno Scervino,
- River Island,
- Urban Outfitters,
Not just a model for Victoria's Secret, Stella has become an Angel, which is the top tier of models who work for the brand. She was signed to a contract for that in early 2015, having appeared in the December 2014 Victoria's Secret Fashion Show. She was in the brand's first ever "Swim Special" in 2015. As an Angel, she walks in every Victoria's Secret Fashion Show. So far, she has walked 2014-2016.
|Stella Maxwell and Miley Cyrus.|
Word is that Stella began dating Miley Cyrus early in 2015, around the time that she became an Angel. The two bear a certain resemblance when they style their hair the same way.
|Stella and Miley engaged in a controversial photoshoot together.|
Miley posted several cute shots of the two "interacting" which may have been staged. You never know in the world of celebrities what is real and what is not.
This appears to be part of a trend of famous female singers dating or becoming BFFs with Victoria's Secret models, or intentionally creating the appearance of such. For instance, Taylor Swift reportedly is or was dating (or "best friends with") Angel Karlie Kloss (who apparently has her own room at Taylor's place). Of course, those who follow the gossip know that Taylor supposedly has a boyfriend, or a string of boyfriends, or something like that. Miley, on the other hand, seems determined to make a scene about Stella, though it could all just be a publicity stunt.
Stella told V magazine that the two met through Miley's close friend/assistant Cheyne Thomas. She said they have been hanging out since March 2015. Miley split with her ex, Patrick Schwarzenegger, a month later, in April. Since Taylor's friend Karlie was booted from the Angels lineup early in 2015 in order to make way for Stella, it appears that Miley is top dog in that rarified "stars dating the Angels" league now. But never count Taylor out, she continues to maintain very, very close ties with the Angels.
The buzz is that Stella and Miley broke up at some point, and Stella began spending time with Hollywood actress Kristen Stewart and visit each other on set and wherever else they are working.
|Stella Maxwell and actress Kristen Stewart in New Orleans, July 2017, wearing similar outfits. Stewart was there filming "Underwater."|
For her part, Miley got engaged to fellow actor Liam Hemsworth - again.
Stella Maxwell was voted No. 1 in the 2016 Maxim's "Hot 100 List".
Stella used to be roommates with supermodel Barbara Palvin.
|Barbara Palvin and Stella Maxwell in a shot for Vogue Japan, November 2013 (David Mushegain)|
There are rumors that Barbara and Stella dated in 2013-2014. They definitely worked together during that time.
Getting back to her current (as of this writing) relationship, Kristen and Stella have not exactly kept a low profile, similar to the situation of Stella and Miley. For instance, a "source in their circle" made sure that the major tabloids knew about the "affair" between the two right from the start. Stella and Kristen "crashed" a lesbian wedding in July 2017, which received a lot of tabloid publicity. There also seem to be many photographers around when they take "casual strolls" to coffee joints and the like. They spend a lot of time at Stewart's home in L.A.’s Los Feliz neighborhood.
Despite all the distractions - or perhaps in part because of them - Stella remains atop the modelling world and should for many years to come.