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Birth name Adriana Francesca Lima
Date of birth June 12, 1981 (age 25)
Place of birth Flag of Brazil Salvador, Bahia, Brazil
Height 178 cm; 5'10"
Hair color brown
Eye color blue/gray
Measurements 33-28-33 (US); 89-71-86 (EU)
Dress size 4 (US) 34 (EU)
Shoe size 41 (EU), 9.5 (US)
Official site http://www.adrianalima.com

Adriana Francesca Lima (born June 12, 1981 in Salvador, Bahia, Brazil) is a Brazilian supermodel, best known for her work with Victoria's Secret.

Biography

Adriana Lima was discovered while shopping at a local mall at the age of 13. At the age of 15, she finished in first place in a Ford Supermodel of Brazil model search. Lima later followed with a second place finish in the 1996 Ford Supermodel of the World contest. Shortly after, Lima moved to New York City, and eventually moved on from Ford, signing with Elite Model Management. Her early career consisted mostly of fashion editorial work (with early appearances in international editions of Vogue and Marie Claire in 1997/1998), as well as runway work (Christian Lacroix, Valentino, and others). Lima's first big break came when she was featured in a Vassarette billboard in Times Square. Her print career followed, and like many other famous names (Claudia Schiffer, Laetitia Casta, Eva Herzigova), Lima became a GUESS? Girl in their 2000 Costanoa and has face campaign.

Lima continued to build upon her entry, doing more print work (Maybelline, bebe, Mossimo, BCBG) and gracing the cover and editorials of more high fashion magazines (Harper's Bazaar, ELLE). Probably best known for her Victoria's Secret work and Angel status (along with Heidi Klum, Gisele Bündchen, and Alessandra Ambrosio), Lima first graced the VS runway in 2000, and was the show opener for the 2003 Victoria's Secret Fashion Show.

In 2001 Adriana Lima starred in BMW Films short, The Follow alongside actors Mickey Rourke, Clive Owen, and Forest Whitaker. In the film, Owen's character is hired to follow Lima's, who is suspected of cheating on her famous husband, played by Rourke. The film had a runtime of 8:47 including credits, was written by Andrew Kevin Walker, and directed by Wong Kar-Wai. Lima made it clear that acting is not her priority and that she only did The Follow because it was a short film.

Adriana Lima is currently the 3rd highest paid model in the world behind Gisele Bundchen and Kate Moss. She is represented by DNA NY in the United States, Lumiere Models in Brazil and VIVA Models in Europe.

Personal life

Lima, a Roman Catholic, was born an only child. She has has been romantically linked to celebrities in this past, including a rumored engagement with rocker Lenny Kravitz and Major League Baseball player Derek Jeter. She is currently known to be dating Prince Wenzeslaus of Liechtenstein. This relationship has been a relatively "hot" topic for the society spy columns and celebrity watchers, specifically Page 6, New York Post and Hola! online magazine. Lima has claimed to GQ magazine that she remains a virgin and that potential suitors "have to respect that this is my choice."

Lima gained a massive amount of fame in Italy after her mega contract with the Italian cellphone carrier Telecom Italia Mobile grew very popular. In total it earned her 6 million dollars and she has said she is not able to walk down the street in Italy.

Lima does charitable work helping with an orphanage, "Caminhos da Luz" (Ways of Light), located in her hometown. She helps with construction to expand the orphanage, and buys clothes for poor children in Salvador, Bahia.

Lima's father walked out on her and her mother when Adriana was 6 months old, Lima has met him only once since. When she was about 15 years old Lima wanted to travel to Miami for a modelling competition but she was not allowed to leave Brazil without certain legal papers that her father owned. Lima has said that she does not hate her father because "there is a reason for everything" and she believes that her life was fine growing up and that the presence of an unhappy father could have resulted in an unhappy home environment.
“ I wouldn't change anything about my life. I am afraid that if I did things might have turned out differently and I am currently living my dream. If that means I had to live a poor [life] and I have to deal with demons then I will do it. I got through everything and I am very proud of myself...Life without a father was confusing at times, I didn't know if I was to blame and I didn't know anything about him...I love my mother and I have a bond with her that most people don't share with their own mothers. It all worked out. ”

Facts and stats

* Eyes: Blue-Grey (sometimes described as green)
* Ethnicity: African, Swiss, Amerindian.
* Languages Spoken: Portuguese, English, Spanish
* Ranked #97 in Forbes.com's Highest Paid Celebrities list (2006)
* Ranked #99 in Forbes.com's 100 Most Powerful People list (2006)
* Ranked #57 in Maxim's Hot 100 (2003)
* Ranked #1 in AskMen.com's Top 99 Women of 2005
* Ranked #4 in AskMen.com's Top 99 Women of 2006
* Ranked #4 in AskMen.com's Top 99 Women of 2007
* Spokesmodel of XOXO, Armani Jeans, GUESS? and Victoria's Secret

Notable work

Runway

* Ralph Lauren
* Armani
* Luca Luca
* Baby Phat
* Valentino
* Christian Dior
* Christian Lacroix
* Victoria's Secret

Covers

* Brazil: 'Audi' - August 2002; 'Elle' - November 2002
* France: 'Max' - September 1999; 'Photo' -July/ August 2004; 'Photo' - August 2005; 'Photo' - August 2006
* Italy: 'GQ' - June 2006
* Mexico: 'Vogue' - February 2005
* Portugal: 'GQ' - June 2003
* Spain: 'GQ' - December 2002; 'GQ' - May 2006
* UK: 'Arena' - February 2002; 'GQ' - November 2002
* US: 'Elle' - March 2003; 'American Photo' - March 2004; 'GQ' - April 2006

Print

* Anna Sui Jeans
* Armani
* BCBG
* Bebe
* Blumarine
* BMW
* Emporio Armani
* Forum
* French Connection
* Gai Mattiolo
* Gasoline
* George Rech
* Giorgio Armani 'Emporio Armani White' fragrance
* Guess? Jeans
* La Perla
* Maybelline
* Mossimo
* Swatch 'Skin' watches
* TIM
* Vassarette
* Victoria's Secret
* Victoria´s Secret ´So in Love´ fragrance
* XOXO


 

 

 

 

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