Adriana Lima – Famous Model

Who is Adriana Lima?

Adriana Lima is a Brazilian model and actress famous as a Victoria’s Secret Angel.


June 12, 1981

Birth Place

Salvador, Bahia, Brazil

Zodiac Sign


Her early life and career beginnings

Adriana’s parents are Nelson Torres, a carpenter, and Maria das Graças Lima, a social worker. Her mother raised Adriana in the Castelo Branco neighborhood of Salvador after her father left their family when she was just six months old.

Lima never imagined becoming a model because she nursed the dream of becoming a pediatrician. After accompanying a friend to a modeling contest, her career in modeling took off. She entered the 1996 Ford Models Supermodel of the World contest and emerged second. After that, she relocated to New York City and signed with Elite Model Management.

Her professional career life

Adriana debuted her runway at Anna Sui’s New York Fashion Week show in September 1997. Subsequently, she walked and cat-walked for several high-end designers, including Versace, Givenchy, and Christian Dior.

In a short time, she gained recognition and graced popular international covers and editorials of fashion magazines and became a Guess girl in 2000.

Adriana did an ad campaign for Guess, Swatch and worked for big fashion brands like Emporio Armani, DKNY, Jason Wu, Maybelline, Louis Vuitton, LOEWE, Givenchy, and other notable brands.

Her good looks and physique earned her several spots on international magazine covers like Marie Claire, Vogue, Desigual, Harper’s Bazaar, Elle, Cosmopolitan, Esquire, Garage, and other brands.

Adriana walked for Victoria’s Secret in 1999 and became an Angel in 2000. She continued to open their shows and promote their products nationwide and wore the Fantasy Bra for the 2008 and 2010 Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show. Adriana was the most valuable Victoria’s Secret Angel in 2017, according to analytics company D’Marie.

To prove that Adriana’s success was evident, she ranked the world’s second-highest-paid supermodel by Forbes Magazine and appeared in print campaigns and television commercials. It was her various notable works with established brands that helped skyrocket her career to become one of the world’s top fashion models.

In 2011, she signed a deal with a Brazilian social gaming company as a spokeswoman for Megacity by Votsu. She worked with the most recognized photographers like David Sims, Steven Meisel, Bruce Weber, Inez Van, and what have you?

Adriana earned so much working for various brands, but her advert campaigns also helped improve sales and increase online traffic. She was a brand ambassador for Puma in 2018 and the face of the Miu Miu cruise campaign in 2019.

Apart from her acting career, Adriana has acted in films, hosted, and executive-produced shows.

Adriana’s personal life

Adriana married NBA player Marco Jarić in Jackson Hole, Wyoming, in 2009, and they have two daughters. They announced their separation after five years of marriage and finalized their divorce in March 2016.

Adriana’s Instagram page with a whopping 13.6 million followers is representative of her iconic fashion sense. She shares her thoughts, travels, lends her voice, and showcases her works on her page.


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