|Estimated value:||€60 million|
|Country of origin:||Brazil|
|Source of Wealth:||model|
Models just need physical beauty and elegance? Anyone who believes that is far from it. Brazilian Adriana Lima has shown us since the beginning of her career that she can manage family, free time and job at the same time – and still look beautiful.
Adriana Lima, whose real name is Adriana Lima da Silva, was born in the summer of 1981 in Salvador, Brazil. She is an only child but has two paternal half brothers. The father had already left the family when Lima was six months old. The child subsequently enjoyed a quiet, Catholic upbringing.
Adriana Lima originally showed no interest in the modeling business. Instead, a teenage friend of hers wanted to join Brazil’s Ford Supermodel. Lima, then fifteen, went along for mental support and won. This was followed by second place at the World Contest.
First, Lima made a name for himself as a photo model. In 1997, the catwalk debut followed during New York Fashion Week. Adriana Lima finally moved to New York City at the age of eighteen and signed her first model contract there. Success then skyrocketed.
In December 1997, Adriana Lima was photographed for the first time in Vogue for a fashion spread. In 1999, she was finally discovered by Victoria’s Secret and began her work there, which continues to this day. She has even been the head model for the brand since 2010 and has worn the multi-million dollar Fantasy Bra three times so far.
In the years that followed, Lima graced the covers of important magazines such as Vogue and Marie Claire. On the catwalk she presented herself for Giorgio Armani, Ralph Lauren and Vera Wang and steadily expanded her portfolio. Adriana Lima also reproduced the calendar of the manufacturer Pirelli in three years.
In 2012, Adriana Lima became the first celebrity to appear in two commercials during halftime of the Super Bowl. She also began acting attempts in the short film The Follow and the sitcom How I Met Your Mother. Lima also cuts a fine figure as an advertising face for cosmetics and clothing manufacturers.
In 1999, Adriana Lima joined Victoria’s Secret, where she still poses as an angel today. This brought her the big breakthrough and a rapid rise to global success. Lima has been Victoria’s Secret’s chief angel since 2010 and is one of the three models who are allowed to represent the brand on official occasions.
Lima has appeared on the covers of numerous fashion magazines and walked the catwalk for many popular designers. Her success hasn’t flattened to this day, even if she’s part of the older generation for a Victoria’s Secret angel. In 2006, the Gentlemen’s World men’s magazine issue that featured Lima on the cover became the best-selling issue of the year.
Today Adriana Lima is the second highest paid model in the world. In 2015, she received her own wax figure at Madame Tussauds New York, making her only the second Brazilian personality to receive this honor. In addition, Lima acts as an advertising medium for relevant brands such as Maybelline, Vogue Eyeswear and Desigual.
- “Beauty comes from within. believing in yourself, being confident and honest, respecting yourself and others – that’s beauty, I think.”
- “I feel more beautiful today than I did fifteen years ago.”
- “My mission is to be there for as long as my body will allow.”
- “I won’t cry for you, my mascara is too expensive.”
Contrary to what one might expect, Lima only lost her virginity at the age of 27 – to her then-husband.
Adriana Lima also has Serbian citizenship because of her ex-husband Marko Jaric.
What you can’t tell from the model: She has a weakness for cakes, especially the chocolate-coconut variety.
Lima keeps himself mentally and physically strong through boxing and sweaty fitness workouts.
|Estimated value:||€60 million|