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     Adriana Lima
Given Name:
     Lima, Adriana
     June, 12th, 1981
     Salvador, Bahia, Brazil

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Adriana Lima Biography

Adriana Francesca Lima (born June 12, 1981 in Salvador, Bahia, Brazil) is a Brazilian supermodel. She is best known for her work with Victoria's Secret.

Adriana Lima was discovered while at a local mall at the age of 13. She finished in first place in a Ford Supermodel of Brazil model search. Lima later followed with a second place finish in the 1996 Ford Supermodel of the World contest. Shortly after, Lima moved to New York City, and eventually moved on from Ford, signing with Elite Model Management. Her early career consisted mostly of fashion editorial work (with early appearances in international editions of Vogue and Marie Claire in 1997/1998), as well as runway work (Christian Lacroix, Valentino, and others). Lima's first big break came when she was featured in a Vassarette billboard in Times Square. Her print career followed, and like many other famous names (Claudia Schiffer, Laetitia Casta, Eva Herzigova), Lima became a GUESS? Girl in their 2000 Costanoa and has face campaign.

Lima continued to build upon her entry, doing more print work (Maybelline, bebe, Mossimo, BCBG) and gracing the cover and editorials of more high fashion magazines (Harper's Bazaar, ELLE). Probably best known for her Victoria's Secret work and Angel status (along with Heidi Klum, Gisele Bündchen, and Alessandra Ambrosio), Lima first graced the VS runway in 1999, and was the show opener for the 2003 Victoria's Secret Fashion Show.

In 2001, Lima starred in BMW Films short, The Follow alongside actors Mickey Rourke, Clive Owen, and Forest Whitaker. In the film, Owen's character is hired to follow Lima's, who is suspected of cheating on her famous husband, played by Rourke. The film had a runtime of 8:47 including credits, was written by Andrew Kevin Walker, and directed by Wong Kar-Wai. Lima made it clear that acting is not her priority and that she only did The Follow because it was a short film.

Lima is currently the 3rd highest paid model in the world behind Gisele Bundchen and Kate Moss. She is represented by DNA NY in the United States, Lumiere Models in Brazil and VIVA Models in Europe.

Personal life
Lima is a devout Roman Catholic and had planned to become a nun before she started modeling. Lima was born an only child. She has been romantically linked to celebrities in the past, including a rumored engagement with rocker Lenny Kravitz and Major League Baseball player Derek Jeter. Up until recently, she was known to be dating Prince Wenzeslaus of Liechtenstein. The relationship had been a relatively hot topic for the society spy columns and celebrity watchers, specifically Page Six, New York Post and Hola! online magazine. However, she recently broke up with him for Denny lead singer of Timbalada.

Lima has admitted that she was shy around boys when she was younger, and can still to this day freeze when she's around them. She got her first kiss at 17 years old, and has told reporters that she's been in 3 relationships not including her current relationship with Denny. In an interview with GQ, Lima told the magazine she is a virgin and that she intended to stay that way until she gets married.

Lima does charitable work helping with an orphanage, "Caminhos da Luz" (Ways of Light), located in her hometown. She helps with construction to expand the orphanage, and buys clothes for poor children in Salvador, Bahia.

Adriana's best friend is Oluchi Onweagba

Lima's father walked out on her and her mother when Adriana was 6 months old; Lima has met him only once since. When she was about 15 years old, Lima wanted to travel to Miami for a modeling competition but she was not allowed to leave Brazil without certain legal papers that her father owned. Lima has said that she does not hate her father because "there is a reason for everything" and she believes that her life was fine growing up and that the presence of an unhappy father could have resulted in an unhappy home environment.

I wouldn't change anything about my life. I am afraid that if I did things might have turned out differently and I am currently living my dream. If that means I had to live a poor [life] and I have to deal with demons then I will do it. I got through everything and I am very proud of myself...Life without a father was confusing at times, I didn't know if I was to blame and I didn't know anything about him...I love my mother and I have a bond with her that most people don't share with their own mothers. It all worked out.

Facts and Status
Eyes: Blue-Grey (sometimes described as green)
Ancestry: Native-Brazilian, African-Brazilian, Portuguese, French, and Caribbean (according to
Languages Spoken: Portuguese, English, Spanish
Ranked #57 in Maxim's Hot 100 (2003)
Ranked #1 in's Top 99 Women of 2005
Ranked #4 in's Top 99 Women of 2006
Ranked #4 in's Top 99 Women of 2007
Spokesmodel of XOXO, Armani Jeans, GUESS? and Victoria's Secret
Ranked #4 in FHM uk's 100 sexiest women in the world 2007
Ranked #7 in FHM us's 100 sexiest women in the world 2007

Notable work

Ralph Lauren
Luca Luca
Baby Phat
Christian Dior
Christian Lacroix
Victoria's Secret

Brazil: 'Audi' - August 2002; 'Elle' - November 2002
France: 'Max' - September 1999; 'Photo' -July/ August 2004; 'Photo' - August 2005; 'Photo' - August 2006
Italy: 'GQ' - June 2006
Mexico: 'Vogue' - February 2005
Portugal: 'GQ' - June 2003
Spain: 'GQ' - December 2002; 'GQ' - May 2006
UK: 'Arena' - February 2002; 'GQ' - November 2002
US: 'Elle' - March 2003; 'American Photo' - March 2004; 'GQ' - April 2006

Anna Sui Jeans
Emporio Armani
French Connection
Gai Mattiolo
George Rech
Giorgio Armani 'Emporio Armani White' fragrance
Guess? Jeans
La Perla
Swatch 'Skin' watches
Victoria's Secret
Victoria´s Secret ´So in Love´ fragarnce

Adriana Lima Casting Credits

The Follow (2001) .... Wife
... aka The Hire: The Follow (USA: series title)
"Videofashion! News" .... Herself (1 episode, 2006)
- A Male Perspective (2006) TV Episode .... Herself
The Victoria's Secret Fashion Show (2006) (TV) .... Herself/Model
Forbes Celebrity 100: Who Made Bank? (2006) (TV) .... Herself
The Victoria's Secret Fashion Show (2005) (TV) .... Herself (Model)
"The Fabulous Life of" .... #5 / ... (1 episode, 2005)
- Today's Hottest Supermodels (2005) TV Episode .... Herself/#5
"The Late Late Show with Craig Kilborn" .... Herself (1 episode, 2004)
... aka The Late Late Show (USA: short title)
- Episode dated 12 November 2004 (2004) TV Episode .... Herself
The Victoria's Secret Fashion Show (2003) (TV) .... Model/Herself
The Victoria's Secret Fashion Show (2002) (TV) .... Herself (Model)
The Victoria's Secret Fashion Show (2001) (TV) .... Herself (Model)
"The Tyra Banks Show"
- Tyra's Last Walk (2005) TV Episode (uncredited) .... Herself