The end of an era: Alessandra Ambrosio is hanging up her famed angel wings following the 2017 Victoria's Secret Fashion Show

Beneath a plague of problems that shadowed last night's Victoria's Secret Fashion Show 2017 came the bittersweet confirmation that iconic Angel, Alessandra Ambrosio will no longer walk the glitzy runway. The 36 year-old revealed to Entertainment Tonight that she will be hanging up her wings after walking the 2017 catwalk to focus on her own little angels, Anja, 9, and Noah, 5. Ambrosio's daughter Anja travelled to Shanghai with her model mum to watch her final walk.

Ambrosio first walked the most famous runway in the world in 2000, and went on to gain her wings in 2005 (an honour that all Victoria’s Secret models dream of). She became the face of Victoria’s Secret’s PINK brand in 2006 and has worn one of the heaviest wings in the show’s history (while secretly pregnant). Ambrosio’s decision not to renew her contract with the lingerie giant also leaves space for the leggy beauty to spend more time on her growing acting career, as well as her own swimsuit line Ale by Alessandra.

Needless to say the runway will not be the same without the Brazilian model’s dimpled smile and legs for days. Ambrosio joins a league of former Victoria’s Secret Angels such as Miranda Kerr, Doutzen Kroes and Heidi Klum who have hung up their wings to make way for the new generation of Hadid and Jenner Angels. In celebration of her last walk, we look back at the Alessandra Ambrosio’s best-ever moments from the Victoria’s Secret runway in the gallery above.

Hanging up her wings: Alessandra Ambrosio’s best runway moments