Adriana Francesca Lima was born on June 12th, 1981 (age 36) in Salvador, Bahia, Brazil, she is a Brazilian model and actress, she is best known as the “Victoria’s Secret Angel” since 1999. She has been the longest running model and was tagged “the most Valuable Victoria’s Secret Angel” in 2017.
She serves as a spoke model for Maybelline Cosmetics since 2003.
At the young age of 15, Adriana Lima entered Ford’s world supermodel contest and she won the Ford’s “Supermodel of Brazil” competition and she took second place in the following year in the Ford’s “Supermodel of the world” competition before she went ahead to sign with Elite Model Management in the New York City.
After nine months of dating, Lima became engaged to the Serbian National Basketball League in North America (NBA) player Marko Jaric in June 2008, they got married on St. Valentine’s Day in the same year 2008 in Jackson Hole Wyoming. It was reported in May 2009 that Lima had applied for Serbian citizenship but it was not granted to her. Adriana Lima and Jaric had two beautiful daughters, they both made known of their separation after five years of marriage in May 2, 2014, the divorce was then finalized in March 2016.
Many sources revealed that Francesca is her middle name, but she herself denied this in an interview with W Radio Colombia in 2010 and she confirmed that the only name she bears is Adriana Lima. Her parents are Nelson Torres and Maria das Graças Lima who is a social worker. Luna’s father left the family when Lima was six months old and so Lima was raised and cared for by her mother alone.
Lima gave birth to her second child at the age of 31 named Sienna Lima Jaric on September 12, 2012.
One of Adriana Lima’s favorite quotes is “Boxing is my exercise and my passion. Her selling point is her awesome tall stature with height (5ft and 10inches) and striking aquamarine eyes, her nickname is LimaBean, her hair color is dark brown and eyes color is blue. Two of her favorite movies are West Side Story in 1961 and Central Station in 1998. Some other movies which she featured are Ocean’s 8 (2012), How I met your mother (2007), Ugly Betty (2008), The New York Fashion Week (2015 TV series), Love Advent (short TV series 2014), The Crazy Ones (TV series 2013), and Pista Dupla (TV series 1996).
The two Agencies that she was signed with are “The society management in New York and Elite Model Management in Paris, Milan, London.
Lima had appeared in numerous international edition of Vogue and Marie Claire, if which her first magazine cover was Marie Claire Brazil in September 1998, her first Vogue cover Was The Italian Vogue in September 2000, on their 20th Anniversary issue.
Adriana Lima! as a runway model has cat walked for designers such as Rosa Cha, Blue Man, Dosso Dossi, Zoomp, Agua de Coco, Liverpool Fashion, Fause Haten, Luca Luca, Fashion’s Night Out, Carmen Steffens, Caio Gobbi, M. Officer, Joan Vass, Forum, Prada, Louis Vuitton, Victoria’s Secret, Ralph Lauren, Christian Dior, Versace, Giorgio Armani and many others to mention but a few.
Lima appeared on GUESS? in the year 2000 (year’s fall ad Campaign), she also appeared in the book titled “The Second Decade of GUESS? Images.
Lima had said that her unique beauty and identity comes from native Brazilian, Japanese, afro-Brazilian, Portuguese, African and West Indian heritage.
Lima speaks four languages which are, her native language which is Portuguese, English, Italian and Spanish.
In 2016, Lima was ranked as the fifth highest paid supermodel, she was also ranked as the world’s fourth highest paid supermodel by Forbe’s Magazine. In 2013, she ranked as the third highest paid supermodel according to Forbes with earnings of $6million and with earnings of $8million in 2014.
In the early days of 2012, Adriana Lima was given a contract with Turkey Clothing Mavi Jeans to be the face and spoke model for the brand, it was then that her advertisement increased sales by 50% and it also provided a 20% increase in stores and online traffic. Due to Luna’s success rate with the Turkish Clothing Company, the store officials at Mavi says the clothing that Lima puts on in the ad Campaigns was met with so many demands that they even ran out of stock and Mavi’s facebook page also increased by 20%, and this achievement made the company (the European and the Russian branch) of Mavi decided to make her the global face of the brand.
Lima wore the “Fantasy Bra” for the 2008 Victoria’s Secret Fashion show. The bra which was created by an American Jewelry Designer named Martin Katz, the bra was set with 3,575 black diamonds, 117 certified 1 carat white round diamonds, 34 rubies, valued at more than $5million, the bra consists of more than 1500 carats.
She again wore the Fantasy Bra, called the Victoria’s Secret Bombshell Fantasy Bra, it weighs 142 carats in which there are 60 white carats diamonds and 82 carats of topazes and Sapphires is worth $2million. She again wore the bra in 2014 with Alessandra Ambrosio with each bra value up to $2million.
Adiana Lima is a devoted Roman Catholic who attends mass every Sunday. She also told GQ that she was a virgin that sex is for marriage (in April 2006) and she also said abortion is a crime. She said she had wanted to become a nun before she became a Victoria’s Secret Angel and above all, she said “the church is in me- I always connect” she said she is very spiritual.
Apart from all these, Lima does charitable Work by helping an orphanage named “Caminhos da Luz” (paths of light) which is located in Salvador. Her deal or no deal prize money went to a hospital in Istanbul for children fighting leukemia.
Lima was criticized because of the diet and do major workouts.
Alas! Luna’s diet program became popular that it became one of the top five most search diets on the website in 2012 according to Google.
Her personal official website is “www.AdrianaLima.com”
Adriana Lima, the longest-serving Victoria’s Secret Angel, has announced that she will no longer take off her clothes “for an empty cause”. Because she doesn’t want women like her to be intimidated by her body and rejecting their own body.