Erin Heatherton decided to leave the cold environs of hometown Skokie, Ill., for a little fun in the sun in South Beach, Fla. and it’s a good thing she did.

That’s where the 5’11” blonde beauty was discovered by a model scout. She eventually signed with the Marilyn Agency and her fashion profile has been on the rise ever since.

She’s best known for her work with Victoria’s Secret. She first appeared in the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show at 19 in 2008 and has walked for the brand every year, including this one.

Check out Erin’s photos; click to enlarge.

The 22-year-old sandy-hair beauty was a featured model in the 2010 Victoria’s Secret SWIM catalog, as well as the “Body by Victoria” campaign.

Since launching her career in New York City, she’s also modeled for Diane von Fürstenberg, Shiatzy Chen, Oscar de la Renta, Tommy Hilfiger and others. ranks her 18th among the world’s sexist models.

“Miss Bubbly strikes again! The freckled blonde is one of Victoria’s Secret’s favorite faces and with her killer body, sweet smile and incredible personality it is easy to see why!” the Web site writes about her.

Now an official “Angel,” she’ll also appear in the upcoming show, which is set to air on CBS tonight (Nov. 29).

Meanwhile, check out Erin in her barely there Victoria’s Secret lingerie photos.