Emanuela was born in Cabo de Santo Agostinho, Pernambuco, Brazil. She first thought about modelling at the age of nine, and by 15 was making the rounds at the local modelling agencies. An agent spotted her on the streets of Recife, capital of Pernambuco, Brazil (isn't that how it always happens?). Signed by the Marilyn Agency, she spent her first season, 2005, in New York.
Emanuela's covers include:
- 2011: GQ South Africa, wish report, Vista, Vogue Brazil
- 2010: Vogue Brazil, wish report
- 2009: L'Officiel Brazil
Emanuela has been the face of UK retailer Next and was in the prestigious 2009 Pirelli Calendar. She also has been the model for the Swedish clothing store Gina Tricot.