She's been named the world's hottest woman by Maxim magazine - but who exactly is Stella Maxwell? We found out all we could about the Victoria's Secret supermodel who calls New Zealand home.

Yes, she really is a Kiwi ... sort of

Born in Belgium to Irish parents, Stella Maxwell moved to New Zealand at the age of 14 before a brief sojourn in Australia. She went to school in Wellington at Queen Margaret College, then studied at the University of Otago - where she was discovered by the Dunedin-based Ali McD agency and started her modelling career.

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Why she's an international jetsetter

While in New Zealand, Stella's dad Maurice Maxwell was Head of Delegation for the European Commission (the executive brand of the European Union) - which explains her international childhood. Following their time Down Under, the Maxwells moved back to Northern Ireland where Maurice Maxwell worked as Head of the European Commission Regional Office, before retiring in 2012.

She's an angel - and a musician

Maxwell was signed as an official Victoria's Secret Angel in May 2015 after walking in the Victoria's Secret Fashion Show 2014 as a mere mortal. After being discovered by Dunedin agent Aliana McDaniel in 2008, she was signed by Donald Trump's agency and moved to Paris. She's landed high-profile ad campaigns for ASOS, Alexander McQueen, H&M and Urban Outfitters, as well as walking for Jeremy Scott, Marc Jacobs and Mochina. Maxwell has also appeared in Vogue and Elle editorial shoots. However, a music career could be on the cards - she's told V Magazine she planned to finish an album she's been working on with friends in New York.

Model Stella Maxwell walks the runway at the Victoria's Secret fashion show. Photo / AP
Model Stella Maxwell walks the runway at the Victoria's Secret fashion show. Photo / AP

When Stella met Miley

Stella was rumoured to have dated Miley Cyrus for several months last year after meeting her through Miley's BFF, photographer Cheyne Thomas, on Instagram - although she jokes they met on gay meetup app Grindr. In an interview with V Magazine, Maxwell described their first meetings as feeling "very organic and right". They were all over each other's Instagrams - feeding donkeys, playing Twister, riding dinosaur props - you name it. But Miley is rumoured to be back with her ex-fiance Liam Hemsworth.


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She's the world's hottest woman - according to Maxim

Maxwell topped maxim Magazine's list, beating 2013's winner - her ex - Miley Cyrus and last year's winner Taylor Swift. Maxwell celebrated by posting a series of raunchy photos to Instagram (warning: they really are raunchy - careful if you're scrolling down any further).

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