Once upon a time, a 13-year-old girl, who was the youngest of three sisters, was scouted on Ipanema Beach in Rio de Janeiro. Her name was Ana Beatriz Barros
and her dazzling green eyes made a stunning model out of her. Now she's an accomplished 30-year-old, New York based, young woman and one of Brazil's most successful models.
Guess was her starting point. Alongside her friend Alessandra Ambrosio, she became one of the label's iconic campaign faces. From there she moved up to Dior, Armani, L'Oréal, Chanel and others. Since 2002, the beautiful model catwalked the Victoria's Secret Angel wings for seven times and appeared in Sports Illustrated's Swimsuit Issue also seven times.
Thanks to her work for Marks & Spencer as an underwear model she is very famous in Britain. One of her latest gigs, a hot swimwear shooting, was actually for the British Telegraph Magazine. Entitled The Girl from Ipanema
, the editorial matches her origins perfectly. While the photos were taken, the model shared some of her favorite things.
: "There are so many: Karl Lagerfeld, Giambattista Valli, Azzedine Ala?a, Alexander Wang and John Galliano. I think a woman should be elegant, confident and comfortable with herself. I don't agree with buying things just because they are in fashion. My style depends on my mood when I wake up. During the day my basics are jeans, T-shirts and flip-flops, but if I go out for dinner in the evening I like to dress up with a nice pair of high heels and some jewellery".
: "I bought a red Valentino gown 10 years ago in Milan and I still love it".
Most memorable outfit
: "The outfit that I wore to Stavros Niarchos's Hallowe'en party at the Gramercy Hotel in New York last year was pretty wild - a brown feathered dress with my belly on show and a feathered head-dress. I looked like a wild woman".
: "Christian Louboutin".
: "An Herm?s Birkin for the day and for the evening an Alexander McQueen clutch with skull rings that you can put your knuckles through. The pattern is the Union Jack".
: "I love watches. I probably own seven or eight. My favourite brands are Rolex and Hublot".
: "I don't wear much everyday jewellery, just little diamond earrings and hippie bracelets given to me by friends. My mum gives me a lot of jewellery. She is a very generous mother. There is one bracelet that I don't ever take off and will always wear, the Cartier Love bracelet that was given to me by an ex-boyfriend".
: "Skinny jeans by 7 For All Mankind".
: "La Perla".
If you could visit only one shop
: "It has to be Bergdorf Goodman in New York because they have everything you need and there's no reason to leave. I live in New York and I go there once a week".
: "I only ever see my dermatologist, Andrea Giobi, in S?o Paulo".
: "My hair is cut by different people all the time on shoots and jobs. I'm not fussy. Anybody is good".
: "Chanel Hydramax for my face and L'Occitane for my body".
: "Love by Ralph Lauren".
: "Lancôme Juicy Tube lip gloss, Clarins factor-60 sun cream and silicon oil for my hair. I couldn't live without that - I use it every day".
: "Chocolate ice cream".
: "Hanging out with friends and family in S?o Paulo. I have two sisters; one is an actress so we don't all get together that much. We all travel a lot so for me that is a real luxury. I try to see my mum at least once every two months. I can't not see her; I need her energy. She lives three blocks from my house in S?o Paulo so whenever I'm in town we have lunch together every day".
: "Flying business class".
Best present ever received
: "A surprise birthday party that my sisters and my friends threw for me on my 20th birthday at a restaurant called Butter in New York. There were 250 friends and family".