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.
As for fashion shows, the Vogue girl has walked down the runway for the
following designers: Cynthia Rowley, Vera Wang, Christian Lacroix, Emanuel
Ungaro, Betsey Johnson, Girls Rule, Richard Tyler, Giorgio Armani, Fendi,
Randolph Duke, Ralph Lauren, and Valentino, just to name a few.
But one of Adriana's most notable catwalk appearances was in the Victoria's
Secret summer 2000 swimwear catalog (shot in Cannes), where the Brazilian beauty
shared the spotlight with a bevy of supermodels such as Heidi Klum and Laetitia
Those who have not had the pleasure of seeing Adriana in a fashion spread may
have caught her in advertisements for Anna Sui Jeans, bebe, Gasoline, Mossimo,
BCBG, Keds, Guess?, and XOXO.
But it's her job as a Victoria's Secret "Angel" that has fueled her fame the
most, especially after appearing in network television's Victoria's Secret
fashion show in 2001 and 2003. In 2001, she also appeared in the short film, The
Hire: Follow, with Mickey Rourke.
On a personal note, the Maybelline model was engaged to Lenny Kravitz in the
spring of 2002, but they never got married.
In 2004, Adriana Lima received a lot of press when she appeared in a Victoria's
Secret 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.
Before her modeling days, Adriana always hoped to help children and thanks to
her newfound popularity, she is able to work with orphans in Brazil.
Whether you have seen her in an ad, on the runway, or photographed by some of
the world's greatest photographers - such as Steven Meisel, Peter Lindbergh or
Ellen von Unwerth -- Adriana Lima's beauty speaks volumes, which is why Adriana
topped AskMen.com's list of the "Top 99 Most Desirable Women" in the world.
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