Adriana Lima is a very successful Brazilian model who is best known as a Victoria Secret’s Angel. She has also dabbled into acting and show hosting, but without a doubt, most of her success has come from working on runways and appearing on magazine covers and spreads. She is considered one of the New Supers in the fashion industry and rakes in so much money doing the work that she seems to be very passionate about. To learn more about the beauty read on below.
Adriana Lima’s Bio (Age)
Adriana Lima was given birth to on the 12th of June 1981 to parents Nelson Torres and Maria das Graças Lima. She was raised by only her mother after her father left when she was only six months old. She had initially not considered becoming a model but was still discovered at a young age which halted her educational pursuits. She was coerced into the world of modeling by a friend who wanted to enter in for a modeling competition but did not want to do so alone.
The two, therefore, sent in their pictures and Adriana Lima was picked for the competition. It was such that Adriana Lima went on to finish in first place in Ford’s “Supermodel of Brazil” model search. In 1996, she furthered on that win when she entered for Ford Models Supermodel of the World contest and that time came out in second place.
Despite not pursuing a strictly formal education, Adriana Lima speaks four languages that include English, Spanish, Italian and her native Portuguese. In 1998, the model moved to New York City where she signed with Elite Model Management who helped expand her modeling portfolio such that she began appearing in numerous international editions of Marie Claire and Vogue. Her first magazine cover was in September 1998 in Marie Claire Brazil. In 2000, she appeared in GUESS? fall ad campaign, making her a Guess? girl. She also did print work for Maybelline and worked as their spokesmodel from 2003 to 2009.
She started to work for many notable fashion brands and was an increasing favorite for many editorials and covers of fashion magazines. With her numerous appearances on runways and magazine covers and adverts over the years, Adriana Lima is still most known for her work with Victoria Secret. She is the longest-running Victoria Secret model and walked her first Victoria’s Secret runway in 1999. She was then contracted to be an Angel in 2000 and since then she has appeared on their subsequent shows. Lima was also named the most valuable Victoria Secret Angel in 2017.
In 2008, Adriana Lima’s solo Victoria’s Secret Super Bowl XLII ad was watched by 103.7 million viewers making it the most-seen ad of the game. The model branched into acting and appeared in her first acting role in The Follow (2001). The short film, which was part of BMW’s series The Hire, saw her appearing alongside Forest Whitaker and Mickey Rourke.
She has also appeared as herself in a number of series guest spots including comedy series How I Met Your Mother in 2007 and American television series Ugly Betty in 2008. Adriana Lima is also the host and executive producer of American Beauty Stars, an American reality competition show which premiered September 23, 2017, on Lifetime.
The model has been ranked as the world’s second highest paid model since 2014 and she continues to strut her stuff and appear on covers and in editorials doing exactly what she loves and doing it well.
Kids, Husband, Divorce
Adriana Lima has been almost married once and has also taken the leap to marriage once. In 2002, she got engaged to American singer-songwriter Lenny Kravitz who she started dating in 2001. Their engagement was however called off and their relationship ended in 2003.
It was in 2009 that she finally settled down with Serbian NBA player, Marko Jaric, who she started dating in 2006. They got married on Valentine’s Day in 2009 in Jackson Hole, Wyoming. Together they have two children – Valentina Lima Jarić was born on the 15th of November 2009 and Sienna Lima Jarić was born on the 12th of September 2012. After 5 years of marriage, the two announced their separation in 2014 and their divorce from each other was finalized in March 2016.
As a woman who represents most peoples ideas of beauty, Adriana Lima does not need to look too far to find a partner. She has said before that as a Christian she only believes in sex while married but that has not seemed to stop the men from wanting to date her. Since her divorce, she has dated men such as boxing coach, Joe Thomas and German footballer, Sami Khedira. Since 2017, however, she has been dating Turkish author, Metin Hara.
Body Stats – Height, Weight
Adriana Lima stands at 5 ft 10 in or 178 cm and weighs 60kg or 132 pounds. She does quite a lot to stay in shape even revealing in a 2011 interview with The Daily Telegraph that she only drinks protein shakes nine days before the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show and no liquids at all for the last 12 hours before the show. She had claimed that it is possible to lose up to eight pounds from that last stretch of dry fasting. She also revealed that in the last three weeks prior to the show she works out two times a day.
Her views expressed in the interview were heavily criticized although the diet itself became so popular that in 2012 it was one of the top five most searched diets on the internet according to Google data. The model defended herself from the criticism by stating that the diet was specifically for the show and that she became normal again the rest of the time.