70 Facts About Adriana Lima


Adriana Lima was a Victoria's Secret Angel from 1999 to 2018.


Adriana Lima was the longest-running model and named "the most valuable Victoria's Secret Angel" in 2017.


Adriana Lima is known as a spokesmodel for Maybelline cosmetics since 2003, and for her Super Bowl and Kia Motors commercials.


At age 15, Lima won Ford's "Supermodel of Brazil" competition, and took second place the following year in the Ford "Supermodel of the World" competition before signing with Elite Model Management in New York City.


Since 2014, Adriana Lima has been the world's second highest-paid model.


Adriana Lima has served as brand ambassador for the clothing brand Desigual based in Barcelona, Spain, for the Beachwear collection of Italian brand Calzedonia, and for the ready-to-wear collection of Italian brand Sportmax.


Adriana Lima was born on 12 June 1981 in Salvador, Bahia, Brazil.


Adriana Lima's parents are Nelson Torres, a carpenter, and Maria das Gracas Lima, a social worker.


Adriana Lima's father left the family when she was six months old, and Lima was raised only by her mother.


Adriana Lima was raised in the Castelo Branco neighbourhood of Salvador.


Adriana Lima has stated that prior to starting modelling, she had wanted to pursue a career as a paediatrician.


Adriana Lima is of Portuguese, Native Brazilian, African, Japanese, Swiss, and West Indian descent.


Adriana Lima speaks four languages: her native Portuguese, English, Italian, and Spanish.


Adriana Lima never thought about being a model, although she had won many beauty pageants in elementary school.


However, a friend at school who wanted to enter a modeling contest and did not want to enter alone, so Adriana Lima entered with her.


Adriana Lima subsequently entered the 1996 Ford Models Supermodel of the World contest and finished in second place.


Adriana Lima made her runway debut at Anna Sui's New York Fashion Week show in September 1997.


Adriana Lima continued to build upon her portfolio, doing more print work for Maybelline, for whom she has worked as a spokesmodel since 2003 to 2009.


Adriana Lima appeared on the covers and in the editorials of other fashion magazines such as Vogue, Harper's Bazaar, ELLE, Grazia, Cosmopolitan, Interview, GQ, W, Arena, V, Esquire, Garage, and French Revue des Modes.


In 2006, Adriana Lima ranked as the fifth highest paid supermodel.


In February 2008, Adriana Lima was featured on the cover of Esquire, re-creating the classic 1966 Angie Dickinson cover on Esquire's 75th anniversary.


Adriana Lima appeared only in shoes, diamonds and gloves for the November 2007 issue of Vanity Fair celebrating 20 years of supermodels with her fellow Victoria's Secret Angels.


Adriana Lima returned to the high fashion runway in 2009, walking for Givenchy.


In 2011, Adriana Lima signed a deal as a spokeswoman for Megacity by Votsu, a Brazilian social gaming company, to appear in their commercials.


Adriana Lima has worked with the most established photographers in fashion such as Annie Leibovitz, Juergen Teller, Bruce Weber, JR Duran, Paolo Roversi, Inez van Lamsweerde and Vinoodh Matidin, Vincent Peters, Mario Sorrenti, Mert Alas and Marcus Piggott, Steven Meisel, David Sims, and Mario Testino.


Adriana Lima became the face of Donna Karan's spring 2012 advertising campaign, which was accused of having racist undertones due to a photo featuring Lima posing in front of huddled local Haitians.


In early 2012, Turkish clothing company Mavi Jeans hired Adriana Lima to be the face and spokesmodel for the brand.


Store officials at Mavi say the clothing Adriana Lima wore in the ad campaigns was met with so much demand that they ran out of stock.


In July 2013, Spanish fashion brand Desigual announced that Adriana Lima would be the face of the brand during Barcelona Fashion Week Spring-Summer '14, following Bar Refaeli in the same role in January 2013.


Adriana Lima has been named the "ambassador of la vida es Chula", Desigual's "life is cool" motto.


Adriana Lima had been the face of the brand between 2003 and 2009.


Adriana Lima is a new take on the supermodel - she's from a different era.


In September 2014, Adriana Lima starred in a campaign for luxury Swiss watch label IWC alongside Karolina Kurkova.


In July 2016, Adriana Lima was chosen by NBC alongside fellow Brazilian model Alessandra Ambrosio as the channel's food and culture correspondents for the 2016 Summer Olympics.


In 2018, Adriana Lima became a brand ambassador for Puma, and for the Brazilian-based footwear and accessories label Schutz.


Adriana Lima was the face of the Maybelline x Puma collaboration, of the Schutz resort 2019 campaign, and starred in the Palms Casino Resort commercial with others including Cardi B and Rita Ora.


Adriana Lima is probably best known for her work with Victoria's Secret.


Adriana Lima walked her first Victoria's Secret runway in 1999, at age 17 and since being contracted as an Angel in 2000, she has appeared on subsequent shows ever since, opening the show in 2003,2007,2008, and 2010.


Adriana Lima missed the 2009 show due to her pregnancy.


Adriana Lima has appeared on several television ads for the brand, including the praised and criticized 2004 commercial "Angel in Venice" with Bob Dylan.


Adriana Lima wore the fantasy bra again in 2014, along with Alessandra Ambrosio, with each bra valuing $2,000,000.


In July 2016, Victoria's Secret launched its own sports bra line, Victoria Sport, and Adriana Lima starred on the commercial alongside models Elsa Hosk, Romee Strijd, Jasmine Tookes, and Josephine Skriver.


In January 2017, Adriana Lima was named "the most valuable Victoria's Secret Angel" according to analytics company D'Marie, which conducted research that factored in social media likes, followers, sales conversions and engagement to come up with the results.


In November 2018, Adriana Lima walked in her final Victoria's Secret Fashion Show after participating in 18 catwalks for the brand.


Adriana Lima's made her acting debut alongside Mickey Rourke and Forest Whitaker, in The Follow, a short film in BMW's series The Hire, opposite Clive Owen and directed by Wong Kar-wai.


Adriana Lima appeared with her fellow Angels in a guest spot playing herself in the CBS comedy series How I Met Your Mother in November 2007, in the episode "The Yips".


Adriana Lima played herself, along with fellow Victoria's Secret Angels, in the 2013 series The Crazy Ones alongside Robin Williams and Sarah Michelle Gellar.


In 2008, Adriana Lima appeared on the American television series Ugly Betty, where she played herself and made friends with the series' title character, Betty Suarez.


Adriana Lima was the host and executive producer of the American reality competition show American Beauty Stars, which premiered on September 23,2017, on Lifetime.


In 2018, Adriana Lima made a cameo appearance as herself in the film Ocean's 8.


In February 2012, Adriana Lima became the only celebrity to ever star in two Super Bowl commercials in one game.


Adriana Lima starred in Super Bowl XLVI commercials for online flower service Teleflora and Kia Motors which were watched by more than 200 million viewers.


From 2001 to 2003, Adriana Lima was in a relationship with American singer Lenny Kravitz.


Adriana Lima was featured on the music video for Kravitz's 2002 single, "Yesterday Is Gone ".


In 2009, Adriana Lima married Serbian NBA player Marko Jaric on Valentine's Day in Jackson Hole, Wyoming.


In May 2009, it was reported that Adriana Lima had applied for Serbian citizenship, but it was never granted to her.


On 18 February 2022, Adriana Lima announced on TikTok that she was expecting her third child and her first baby with Lemmers.


Adriana Lima shared a video of her ultrasound and wrote that her baby is "coming fall 2022".


Adriana Lima is known to bring a copy of the Bible with her backstage before she goes onstage.


Adriana Lima has stated that, before she became a Victoria's Secret Angel, she had wanted to become a nun.


Adriana Lima helps with construction to expand the orphanage and buys clothes for poor children in Salvador, Bahia.


Adriana Lima was listed in the 2005 Forbes' edition of The World's Best-Paid Celebrities Under 25.


Adriana Lima ranked ninety-nine in the 2005 and 2006 Forbes' edition of The Celebrity 100 lists.


Adriana Lima was chosen to be a part of People magazine's 100 most beautiful people in the world list, sharing that space with the Angels, with whom she received a star on the Hollywood "Walk of Fame" prior to the 2007 Victoria's Secret Fashion Show.


Adriana Lima was voted on Maxims "Hot 100" 2007 at the No 53 spot.


Adriana Lima was voted No 1 as the Most Desirable Woman in 2005 by visitors of the men's lifestyle website AskMen.


Adriana Lima received the award for "Hottest Girl on the Planet" in the 2007 Spike Guys' Choice Awards.


In 2010, Adriana Lima was ranked No 46 on the 50 most popular women on the Web according to Google search results.


On 6 October 2015, it was announced that Adriana Lima will have her own wax figure at the Madame Tussauds New York.


Adriana Lima is the first Victoria's Secret Angel and the second Brazilian figure to join the Tussauds star lineup, after soccer star Pele.