Who is Sara Sampaio?
Sara Sampaio is an award-winning Portuguese model famous for being a Victoria’s Secret Angel and beauty brand ambassador for notable brands.
Her early life and career beginnings:
Sara was raised in an ocean-view town in Northern Portugal by Armando and Cristina Sampaio. She was discovered at fifteen, while still in high school, but her parents refused to let her model until she turned sixteen. As soon as she was of age, she participated in modeling competitions and won the Cabelos Pantene contest in Portugal. After Sara’s victory, they featured her in a tv commercial for the brand and signed her to an agency. Still, her parents encouraged her to complete her high school education before becoming a full-time model. After finishing her high school education, she began studying at the University of Lisbon, Portugal.
Sara’s professional career life:
Sara moved to New York determined to succeed in the modeling industry. Even with her incredible beauty, she auditioned for Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show but was turned down twice and finally booked on her third try. Her drive to work with the coveted VS brand paid off with walking the runway, becoming an Angel for the VS 2015 runway, and walking alongside other Angels in the 2016 Paris Fashion Show.
Her spiraling career saw her walk for Marc Jacobs, Miu Miu, appeared in campaigns for Blumarine, Armani, and several other brands. Her career life progressed while gracing international covers of Vogue, Marie Claire, L’Officiel, Elle, Glamour, Harper’s Bazaar, GQ, etc.
Many notable brands couldn’t resist identifying with Sara, featuring her in television ads, and having her become the face of their magazines, including Portuguese Vogue, Calzedonia Mar, Portuguese GQ, and notably, appearing in 2014 and 2015 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Edition where she won Rookie of the Year award in 2014.
At Sara’s career peak, Maxim included her on the list of The Most Beautiful Angels of All Time while honoring Victoria’s Secret 20th anniversary and after that, in May, landed on her first USA cover for Maxim after being photographed by the French photographer, Giles Bensimon. She won several awards, including the Portuguese Golden Globe Awards for Best Female Model and other prizes.
Despite attaining supermodel status, Sara aspires to become an actress. She appeared in the television series, Billions in 2017 and films, including The Clapper, Carga, Crisis, and Sombra, between 2017 and 2021. She also appeared in various music videos for prominent musicians like Selena Gomez, Kanye West, Nick Jonas, DNCE, David Guetta, and Justin Beiber.
Her personal life:
Sara suffers from anxiety and depression but takes medication to ease the condition. She also announced on Instagram that she suffers from trichotillomania, a compulsive hair-pulling disorder. It attracted praise from the media, who praised her for helping raise awareness of the condition.
Sharing beautiful photographs of herself, her travels, and addressing modeling issues has helped her garner 7.8 million followers on Instagram.
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