Adriana Lima biography 2022

Supermodel Adriana Lima

Adriana Lima biography

Adriana Lima was born on June 12, 1981, in Salvador da Bahia, Brazil.

The blue/grey-eyed Brazilian beauty can attribute her exotic looks to her French, Portuguese, Native American, and Caribbean heritage.

Adriana Lima's climb from obscurity to pretty girl took place after a runner-up finishes in the Ford Supermodel of the World Contest at 13.

Three years later, she went to one of the world's fashion centers, New York, and signed a contract with Elite Model. Once there, her modeling portfolio began to expand exponentially after appearing in Vogue (Italy) in 1997, as well as Vogue (UK), I-D (UK), Marie Claire (Brazil), and Vogue (Italy) in 1998. She appeared in Vogue (US, Germany, UK) and Marie Claire (Italy) in 1999.

As for fashion shows, the Vogue girl has walked down the catwalk for the following designers: Cynthia Rowley, Vera Wang, Christian Lacroix, Emanuel Ungaro, Betsey Johnson, Girls Rule, Richard Tyler, Giorgio Armani, Fendi, Randolph Duke, Ralph Lauren, and Valentino, to name just a few.

But one of her most notable catwalk appearances was in Victoria's Secret swimwear catalog from the summer of 2000 (Cannes), where the Brazilian beauty shared the spotlight with several supermodels such as Heidi Klum and Laetitia Casta.

Those who haven't had the pleasure of seeing Adriana in a fashion spread may have caught her in commercials for Anna Sui Jeans, Bebe, Gasoline, Mossimo, BCBG, Keds, Guess? and XOXO.

But her job as a Victoria's Secret "Angel" has fueled her fame, especially after appearing on network television's Victoria's Secret Fashion Show in 2001 and 2003.

In 2001, she also appeared in the short film, The Hire: Follow with Mickey Rourke. Before her modeling days, Adriana always hoped to help children, and thanks to her newfound popularity, she can work with orphans in Brazil.

Whether you've seen her in an ad, on the catwalk, or photographed by some of the world's most outstanding photographers - such as Steven Meisel, Peter Lindbergh, or Ellen von Unwerth - Adriana Lima's beauty speaks volumes.

last updated October 2022

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