"Modeling is a tough job, your co-workers are your rivals, it really puts a damper on your perspective of other girls." -Adriana Lima
Adriana Francesca 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.
"Fashion is about good energy. Its about feelings. Thats what I have to give the people, good energy and good feelings." -Adriana Lima
At age 13 Adriana placed second in the Ford Supermodel of the World Contest, and three years later, she went to New York and signed on with Elite Model Management.
Adriana appeared in Vogue in 1997 to 1998, and in Marie Claire (Italy) in 1999. Adriana Lima has walked the catwalk for 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.
In 2000, Adriana Lima walked the catwalk with supermodels like Heidi Klum and Laetitia Casta for Victoria's Secret summer 2000 swimwear catalog in Cannes.
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.
Adriana was engaged to Lenny Kravitz in 2002, but they never got married.
Adriana Lima walked around Venice in nothing but lingerie, high heels and a pair of wings in 2004 for a Victoria's Secret ad (co-starring Bob Dylan) 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.
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