Adriana Lima was born June 12, 1981 in Salvador, Brazil. At the age of 15 she entered and one Ford Model’s “Supermodel of Brazil” model search. Soon after she entered Ford Model’s “Supermodel of the World” and came in second place.
Several years after these contests, Lima moved to NYC and signed on with Elite Model Management. Her early modeling work included editorials in various editions of Vogue and Marie Claire.
Adriana Lima has walked the runway for an extensive list of top fashion designers, including: Rosa Cha, Blue man, Fashion’s Night Out, Caio Gobbi, Fause Haten, M. Officer, Luca Luca, Liverpool Fashion, Dosso Dossi, Carmen Steffens, Cía Maritima, Agua de Coco, Lino Villaventura, Forum, Vassarette, Zoomp, Joan Vass, Cori, Emilio Pucci, Fendi, Giles Deacon, Carmen Marc Valvo, Emanuel Ungaro, Baby Phat,Giorgio Armani, Balmain, Bottega Veneta, Sportmax, Vera Wang, Valentino, Miu Miu, Givenchy, Versace, Cividini, Alexandre Herchcovitch, Jason Wu, Marc Jacobs, Christian Dior, Paco Rabanne, Victoria’s Secret, Sean John, Prada, Louis Vuitton, Desigual,Cynthia Rowley, Sully Bonnelly, Anna Sui, Guy Laroche, John Galliano, Alexander McQueen, Yigal Azrouël, Ralph Lauren, Christian Lacroix, Escada, Nanette Lepore, Richard Tyler, Triton, Betsey Johnson, Mavi Jeans, Donna Karan, Forum, Vogue Eyewear, Marc Jacob’s fragrance Decadence, and Victoria’s Secret.
Adriana Lima has also worked on many campaigns, most notably Guess? and Maybelline. Other fashion companies that she has done campaigns for include: Swatch, bebe, Armani, Versace, De Beers, Elie Saab, Colcci, Schiaparelli, Prada, Intimissimi, Guess?,Loewe, H&M, Bulgari, Miu Miu, Donna Karen, Emporio Armani, Givenchy, Keds, Mossimo, Jason Wu, Balmain, Blumarine, Marc Jacobs, Maybelline, BCBG and Louis Vuitton.
She has appeared on hundreds of magazine covers, including Harper’s Bazaar, ELLE, GQ, Arena, Vogue, V, Esquire and French Revue des Modes.
“I love going to work out now. It gets out aggression and my trainer really shakes it up so I don’t get bored.”
“I eat a balanced diet. The secret is to watch your portions, but I also work out a lot. Working out a lot isn’t necessary, but I am very active, and my body can endure intense workouts.”
“I was so embarrassed about mispronouncing words. I just knew how to smile.”
“I remember Tyra Banks giving me encouraging advice during my first Victoria’s Secret commercial shoot. I was so nervous, and she told me to just relax and be confident – that made me feel very comfortable.”
“Lingerie is one of the most important pieces of your wardrobe. You can have a wardrobe malfunction if you don’t choose the right thing to wear underneath!”
“Be sure what you want and be sure about yourself. Fashion is not just beauty, it’s about good attitude. You have to believe in yourself and be strong.”
Adriana Lima In Person:
Guess? and Maybelline. Other fashion companies that she has done campaigns for include: Swatch, bebe, Armani, Versace, De Beers, Elie Saab, Colcci, Schiaparelli, Prada, Intimissimi, Guess?,Loewe, H&M, Bulgari, Miu Miu, Donna Karen, Emporio Armani, Givenchy, Keds, Mossimo, Jason Wu, Balmain, Blumarine, Marc Jacobs, Maybelline, BCBG and Louis Vuitton
Also published on Medium.