When you've built a multimillion-dollar career out of wearing next to nothing, the question of just how much skin to reveal can come down to a few very strategic centimeters of fabric.
Full back? Yes. Microscopic bikini bottoms? Sure. Still, it's a game of inches, and something has to be left to the imagination.
For Lil Aldridge, 29, the "prettiest girl in the whole fucking world" (according to her husband, Kings of Leon frontman Caleb Followill) toeing that line between lust object and celebrity-power-brand-in-the-making is all part of the business plan.
Though she's been modeling since she was 14, Aldridge debuted as a Victoria's Secret model in 2009; she is now one of just eight Angels. She landed the cover of Sports Illustrated Swimsuit's 50th anniversary issue last year. Add her cred in high-fashion circles — shoots in Vogue and a campaign for Michael Kors — and Aldridge has won the Triple Crown of modeling.
As you might expect from any other thoroughbred, she says her contracts are ironclad, stipulating precisely how much of her extraordinary physique she'll bare. "I'm very careful about it," she says.
Read the exclusive interview with Lily in Maxim's Hustle Issue, on newsstands now.