The Victoria's Secret models hit the catwalk for the lingerie giant's annual televised fashion show on Tuesday (29 November, 2011), but this year's event was a far more mature affair, with several of the stars now fully fledged mothers.

Among the half-dozen 'Victoria's Angels' - the models who get the best outfits and most air time - were superstars Miranda Kerr, DOUTZEN KROES and Alessandra Ambrosio, all of whom are now mothers. Kroes and Kerr both gave birth to sons last January, while Ambrosio's daughter was born in 2008. Despite having to juggle their jet-setting careers with raising their children, the models are showing no signs of slowing down and Kerr even got to wear the coveted diamond bra this year, telling the Associated Press, "I was asked to do it after I gave birth.That was awesome. It's such an honor". Ed Razek, chief marketing officer for Victoria's Secret parent Limited Brand explained, "It's true, a number of our models have come back from having a baby more beautiful than ever. I know that some of them have used the show date as a goal to get back in shape and, I think, having a baby has given them a sense of confidence, an 'I can do anything' attitude that is reflected on the runway". History suggests model mothers can go on to make millions, with Forbes now ranking Gisele Bundchen, Heidi Klum, Kate Moss and Adriana Lima as the top earners in the industry, while Kerr is already considered one of the biggest names in modelling.

Kroes, 27, spoke of the need to be around for her child while he's still young, saying she'll only ever be on location for a few days at a time, "It's not a 9 to 5 job. I don't want him to become a 'traveler' when he is still so young". The Victoria's Secret show aired live on CBS from the Segerstrom Centre for the Arts in Costa Mesa, California, on Tuesday.