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Adriana Lima

Adriana Lima

Adriana LimaAdriana Francesca Lima (born June 12, 1981 in Salvador, Bahia, Brazil) is a Brazilian supermodel, best known as one of the Victoria's Secret Angels.

One of the most sought after of Brazilian beauties entering the modeling world in the late 1990s (including Gisele Bündchen, Ana Beatriz Barros, Fernanda Tavares, Ana Hickmann, Isabeli Fontana and Alessandra Ambrosio), the 5'10", chestnut-haired Adriana Lima rose to stardom out of less than glamorous conditions. Adriana Lima was discovered at the age of 13 shopping at a local mall. At the age of 15, she finished 1st place in a Ford Supermodel of Brazil model search. Adriana Lima later followed with a 2nd place finish in the 1996 Ford Supermodel of the World contest.

Shortly after, Adriana 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). Adriana 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), Adriana Lima became a GUESS? Girl in their 2000 Costanoa campaign.

Adriana Lima then built 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 and Gisele), Adriana 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 Mickey Rourke, Clive Owen, and Forest Whitaker. In the film, Owen's character is hired to follow Adriana 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.

Adriana Lima is currently represented by New York's DNA Models.

Personal Life

Adriana Lima

Adriana Lima has dated many celebrities in the past, including an engagement with rocker Lenny Kravitz that ended in 2003, the prince of Liechtenstein, and Major League Baseball player Derek Jeter.

Adriana Lima revealed in the April 2006 cover feature of GQ magazine that, per her Catholic beliefs, she was still a virgin, explaining:

"Sex is for after marriage. [Men] have to respect that this is my choice. If there's no respect, that means they don't want me."

Adriana Lima does charitable work by 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.

Facts and Stats

Height: 178 cm (5 ft 10 in)
Measurements: 33-23-33 (US); 85-59-85 (EU)
Dress Size: 4 (US); 34 (EU)
Shoe Size: 9 (US); 41 (EU)
Eyes: Blue-Grey (sometimes described as Green)
Hair: Dark Brown
Ethnicity: French, Portuguese, Native Brazilian Indian, Afro-Brazilian (of West Indian ancestry)
Nationality: Brazilian
Languages Spoken: Portuguese, Spanish, and English
Ranked #57 in Maxim's Hot 100 (2003)
Ranked #1 in's Top 99 Women (2005)
Ranked #4 in's Top 99 Women of 2006
Spokesmodel of XOXO, Armani Jeans, GUESS? and Victoria's Secret
She started modeling at 13
She has a pierced navel.
She is a Gemini


"Modeling is a tough job, your co-workers are your rivals, it really puts a damper on your perspective of other girls."

"Fashion is about good energy. It's about feelings. That's what I have to give the people, good energy and good feelings."

"It's wrong for a guy to have no personality, no heart. Because I don't care about style or money. I care about heart."

Notable Work

Vogue (Italy) 1998
Vogue (US) 1999
Vogue (GER) 1999


Ralph Lauren
Christian Dior
Christian Lacroix
Victoria's Secret


Victoria's Secret
Telecom Italia Mobile
Luca Luca
2005 Pirelli Calendar

Adriana Lima In The News

  • Adriana Lima Dress Wows Onlookers, Despite Being Worn Backwards
    Adriana Lima ?s dress at Tuesday night?s II BrazilFoundation Gala Miami may have looked familiar to catwalk-watchers ? but only those who really pay close attention. The Victoria?s Secret model rocked up to the event in a stunning Alberta Ferretti Spring 2012 runway gown. Better still, she worn the posh frock backwards. It?s not known whether [...] Adriana Lima Dress Wows Onlookers, Despite Being ...
    Fri, 29 Mar 2013 08:32:40 GMT

  • Adriana Lima Wears Her Dress Backwards
    By Jenny Depper | Shine from Yahoo! Canada ? Fri, Mar 29, 2013 Let?s face it, when you?re as hot as Adriana Lima , you can pretty much do anything ? including wearing your designer dress backward.
    Mon, 01 Apr 2013 01:34:47 GMT

  • Adriana Lima Wears Her Alberta Ferretti Dress Backward
    Talk about making a dress your own! At Wednesday evening's BrazilFoundation Gala in Miami, Adriana Lima decided to give her Alberta Ferretti dress her own unique spin. The...
    Fri, 29 Mar 2013 18:54:27 GMT

  • Adriana Lima Wears Her Dress Backward
    Let?s face it, when you?re as hot as Adriana Lima , you can pretty much do anything ? including wearing your designer dress backward. The Victoria?s Secret stunner hit the II BrazilFoundation Gala Miami at the historic Vizcaya & Gardens Museum ? Continue reading ?
    Thu, 28 Mar 2013 17:01:17 GMT

  • Alessandra Ambrosio and Adriana Lima Pair Up For a Sexy Beach Shoot
    Alessandra Ambrosio and Adriana Lima were hard at work on the set of a Victoria's Secret photo shoot in LA yesterday. The Angels took turns posing separately, with Adriana hopping on a beach cruiser and Alessandra hitting the sand in a bikini, before taking a few sexy shots together. The girls have been staying busy with many VS opportunities recently. Alessandra braved the cold weather to model ...
    Fri, 08 Mar 2013 10:28:48 GMT

  • Yerli Adriana, Survivor'da bikinili!
    Survivor yar??mas?nda Adriana Lima 'ya olan benzerli?i ile konu?ulan Fatmagül Fak?, Panama'daki adada bikinisiyle denize girdi. ( Survivor yar??mas?nda Adriana Lima 'ya olan benzerli?i ile konu?ulan Fatmagül Fak?, Panama'daki adada bikinisiyle denize girdi.
    Mon, 25 Mar 2013 11:25:48 GMT

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    Meshy look ... Adriana Lima in dress that gives a good glimpse of her side VICTORIA?S Secret stunner Adriana Lima looks sheer amazing in a low-cut white dress that had a mesh panel on the side.
    Thu, 28 Mar 2013 12:05:22 GMT

  • THIS Was Voted Worst Haircut of the Century, Adriana Lima 's Backwards Dress, and More!
    (Bauer Griffin) Grazia readers voted Rihanna's undercut the worst hairstyle of the century. The century! We think she pulls it off much better than Skrillex, though. [Grazia Daily] Adriana Lima wore her dress backwards and still looked amazing. Because Adriana Lima . [HuffPo Style] Dudes, don't think of your baldness as a burden. Think of it as a canvas . A canvas for temporary head tattoos, or ...
    Thu, 28 Mar 2013 20:08:19 GMT

  • Here's What Adriana Lima Wears to the Gym - You Know Those Kia Hamsters? [PHOTOS]
    (Courtesy KIA; Bauer Griffin) L-R: Hamster, Adriana Lima Victoria's Secret Angel Adriana Lima was spotted out and about going to a boxing gym in Miami this week?so that's her secret!?and while the smiling supermodel wore basic black leggings and a sleeveless tee inside the boxing ring, it was what she wore outside that caught our attention. Check it out?Lima sported a Hamstar brand zip-up black ...
    Wed, 06 Mar 2013 00:07:10 GMT

  • Victoria's Secret Angels Strike A Pose On LA Photoshoot
    Alessandra Ambrosio and Adriana Lima were pictured during a photoshoot for the lingerie firm in Santa Monica
    Fri, 08 Mar 2013 09:32:36 GMT

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