Adriana Francesca Lima is a model and actress from Brazil. She is best known for being a Victoria’s Secret Angel. Lima started her modeling career when she was a little girl in elementary school. This was a big step in her career because it helped her get more jobs. Then, from 2003 to 2009, she was the face of Maybelline cosmetics. She was in the company’s first calendar. She also did an ad campaign for Swatch, which helped her get more attention. Lima has been on the covers of Vogue and Marie Claire in a lot of different countries. If you want to be a runway model, she has walked the runways for designers like Giorgio Armani and Vera Wang, and for Valentino. A few years after Lima joined Guess, they used her to show off their fall clothes in their ads that same year. For the fourth time in 2012, Lima was on Forbes’ list of the top-earning models. She made an estimated $7.3 million in one year.
Childhood & Early Life
Adriana Lima was born on June 12, 1981, in Salvador, Bahia, Brazil. She was born to Nelson Torres and Maria da Graca Lima, who were both born in the same year. She was raised by her mother alone after her father broke up with them when she was young.
She won a lot of beauty pageants when she was in elementary school, but she didn’t think about becoming a model. However, when she was 13, she took part in Ford’s Supermodel of Brazil contest with a friend who didn’t want to compete alone. She came in first place!
The Ford Supermodel of the World contest took place in 1996, and she came in second. Elite Model Management signed her three years after she moved to New York City. When she went on the catwalk for Vera Wang, Giorgio Armani, and Valentino, she appeared in many editions of Vogue and Marie Claire around the world.
As of 2000, Adriana Lima was an official Guess girl and worked on many ads for the company. When she was 30, three years later, she became a spokesmodel for Maybelline. She did that job until 2009. In the same year, she starred in the company’s first calendar and also did an ad campaign for Swatch, which is a watch company.
In the meantime, she worked for a lot of well-known fashion brands like Bebe, Armani, Versace, BCBG, and Louis Vuitton. As well, she has been on the covers of fashion magazines such as Harper’s Bazaar, Elle, and GQ. Vogue, Vogue, Esquire, Esquire, and the French revue des modes have also featured her.
A short film in the BMW series The Hire called “The Follow” was her first acting job. She played a damsel in distress, with Clive Owen, Mickey Rorke, and Forest Whitaker also in the movie, which was called “The Follow.”
Her picture was on the Pirelli calendar in 2005, and she also became the face of Italy’s cell phone company, Telecom Italia Mobile. The name Catherine Zeta-Jones of Italy was given to her for this.
In 2008, she was on the cover of Esquire. In the same year, she was chosen to be the face of the Liverpool department store chain in Mexico, as well. In the same year, she also starred in the American TV show, “Ugly Betty.”
In 2009, she walked for Givenchy. Later, she signed a deal with Doritos to be in print ads. She was also one of the faces of Givenchy in the fall and winter of 2009.
This is what she did in 2011: She signed a deal to be the face of Megacity, a luxury brand in Brazil, and she also starred in their commercials. While she was working as a photographer, she also worked with a lot of well-known people, like Inez van Lamsweerde and Vinoodh Matin. She also worked with a lot of other famous people, like Vincent Peters and Mario Sorrenti.
In 2012, she signed a deal with a Turkish clothing company called Mavi Jeans. She did a lot of ads for them, which made her famous. Because she was becoming more popular, the European and Russian branches of Mavi made her the face of the company all over the world, too.
For the second time, she was in the Pirelli calendar for 2013. She has set some kind of record by being the first pregnant woman to be on the calendar.
In 2014, she was back as the face of Maybelline New York again. When she worked for Maybelline between 2003 and 2009, she was the face of the company.
Vogue Eyewear and Marc Jacobs’ fragrance “Decadence” were two of the big brands that hired her over the next few years. Calzedonia’s swimwear collection, in 2016, and Sportsmax, an Italian ready-to-wear clothing brand, in 2017, we’re also big brands that hired her.
Adriana Lima did the first Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show in 1999 as an angel. In 2000, they signed her up for a long-term deal.
Her bra was made by American jewelry designer Martin Katz and had 3575 black diamonds, 117 certified 1 carat white round diamonds, 34 red rubies, and two black diamond drops that totaled 100 carats and were worth more than $5 million. She wore it in the Miracle Bra Relaunch in November 2008.
The Victoria’s Secret ad for Super Bowl XLII that she starred in 2008 was the most-watched ad of the game. It was seen by 103.7 million people.
Her fantasy bra, Victoria’s Secret bombshell fantasy bra, was worth $2 million in 2010. She wore it again in 2010.
In 2012, she became the only person in history to star in two Super Bowl commercials at the same time. She starred in commercials for Teleflora and Kia Motors during Super Bowl XLVI.
Awards & Achievements:
At the same time, Askmen.com ranked Adriana Lima in the top 100 most attractive women for four straight years, from 2002 to 2005, and again in 2012.
In 2005, Forbes named her one of the top-earning celebrities under 25 in the world. Because she made over $7.5 million in 2012, Forbes named her 8th on a list of the world’s most powerful Latino celebrities. This is because she made more than $7 million.
In 2007, she got a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame before Victoria’s Secret fashion show, so that people could see her. In the same year, she was 7th on FHM’s list of the 100 sexiest women 2007.
In 2010, she was 46th on Google’s list of the 50 most popular women on the web. In a list of the 100 hottest supermodels of all time, Complex magazine put her at number 4, which is good.
Before the NBA player Marco Jaric proposed in June 2008, they had been together for nine months and had been dating. In 2014, they said they were splitting up. Valentina Lima Jaric and Sienna are two of the couple’s two children. She went out with Emir Uyar. In 2022, she told her boyfriend, Andre Lemmers, that she was going to have a child with him.
She is also a member of a charitable trust that helps an orphanage in Salvador. This is how it works: she helps build the orphanage, and she buys clothes for poor kids.
She tried to become a Serbian citizen in 2009 after marrying a Serbian NBA player, Marco Jaric. The citizenship was not given to her.