fashion model, but as a spokesperson for Armani Jeans, we're not sure whether we'd rather see her in lingerie or jeans... tough call, ain't it?
Known as ?the best face in the industry? and ?the most in-demand runway model in the world,? Adriana Lima is at the very top of the supermodel food chain. Although she is best-known for her status as one of the sizzling Victoria?s Secret Angels, she is also a spokesmodel for Guess?, XOXO and Armani Jeans. Over the course of her career, she has appeared in dozens of runway model ad campaigns and has graced the pages of innumerable fashion magazines.
"Fashion is about good energy. It's about feelings. That's what I have to give the people, good energy and good feelings."
In 2004, Adriana Lima received a lot of press when she appeared in a Victoria's Secret swimsuit model ad co-starring musician Bob Dylan, in which she's walking around Venice in nothing but lingerie, heels and a pair of wings -- it's for Victoria's Secret's "Angels" collection.
Adriana Lima may not have wanted to be a super model when she was growing up, but lo and behold, she's strutting her stuff for magazines and fashion shows seen by millions. Paris, Milan and New York are very different from her hometown of Salvador da Bahia, Brazil, but Adriana, with her diamond eyes, seems to take it all in stride -- besides, her worldwide travels are great excuses to shop.
Adriana Lima was born on June 12, 1981, in Salvador da Bahia, Brazil. The blue/gray-eyed Brazilian beauty can attribute her exotic good looks to her French, Portuguese, Native-American, and Caribbean heritage.
Her climb from obscurity to glam girl occurred after placing second in the Ford Supermodel of the World Contest at the age of 13. Three years later, she headed to one of the fashion centers of the world, New York, and signed with Elite Model Management. Once there, her modeling portfolio began to expand exponentially, after appearing in Vogue (Italy) in 1997, as well as Vogue (UK), I-D (UK), Marie Claire (Brazil), and Vogue (Italy) in 1998. Adriana also appeared in Vogue (U.S., Germany, UK) and Marie Claire (Italy) in 1999.