Born: June 12, 1981
Category: Model / Actress
Life of a bombshell: Adriana Lima
International model Adriana Lima was like any other school going girl at fifteen with no intentions of becoming the sizzling cover girl that she is today. It was her young friend who introduced her to her first super modeling contest. The pageant judges realized her natural grace and knack at ramp walking and she was named Ford’s “Supermodel of Brazil” in 1995 and subsequently, “Supermodel of the World” in 1996.
Supermodel of the World
Following her success in these two major contests, at age 19 she was flown by her agents to New York, where she signed up with the revered and exclusive Elite Modeling Agency. A contract with one of the world’s leading modeling agents helped her improve her narrow portfolio and soon enough, she had landed offers from fashion honchos like Vogue and Marie Claire. Though she has worked for every major fashion magazine in the world, Adriana persists that her life’s aim is to feature on the cover page for the Italian Vogue. On the runway, she has walked for notable brands like Louis Vuitton, Armani, Vera Wang, to name a few. She was also the spokesperson and the face of Maybelline for a long stint. She has
Victoria’s Secret and international acclaim
Adriana Lima’s biggest achievement in her modeling career has been to walk the runway as the prestigious Victoria’s Secret Angel. Along with gorgeous bombshells like Tyra Banks, Giselle Bundchen, Alessandra Ambrosio and Heidi Klum she was the fifth notable Angel who took part in the Angels Across America Tour. She was first seen on the runway walking for lingerie mogul Victoria’s Secret in 2000 and has walked for them again numerous times till 2012. She maintained a very strict regime for Victoria’s Secret and had to go through strenuous work out routines and high protein diets before the shows.
She has been one of the most glamorous models that ever walked for Victoria’s Secret and remains one of the favorite Angels in the hearts of people. A seasoned veteran now, in the modeling business alongside the greats like Naomi Campbell, Claudia Schiffer and Tyra Banks, Adriana is still a fresh face with a bombshell’s body even now, almost 20 years after she won that Supermodel contest.
Adriana is real life is far from a bombshell; she is known to be a kind, compassionate and generous person and remembers her humble beginnings. On the stage however, there are few who can parallel her poise and charisma. She comes from a devout Catholic family who believes in chastity before marriage. She courted Serbian NBA star Marko Jaric for a year and married him in 2009. The couple had two beautiful girls.
However, in 2014 they filed for separation and it is rumored that they will be divorced shortly. Adriana has been involved in various charitable activities and her generous donations help run an orphanage in Salvador that helps rehabilitate poor children and buys food and clothes for them. She also campaigns for the cause of Leukemia patients and has been known to donate generously to hospitals treating patients with this disease.