Adriana Lima (born 12 June 1981) is legendary in Victoria's Secret lore for one key reason: she is the longest-running Angel of them all.
Nothing can stop her. Adriana is like the unstoppable force of modelling. She like the female Zorro.
Adriana's a mother, she's a businesswoman, she's an international star - and yet, every November, she shows up for the Victoria's Secret Fashion Show.
There are plenty of top models in the world. They all think they are the best. They can point to earnings, or covers, or success as actresses, or whatever they want to rely on to justify themselves. But Adriana Lima has them all beat based on her longevity in one of the most difficult arenas in the fashion world.
First selected in 2000, Adrian has remained an Angel since then - through the 2015 Victoria's Secret Fashion Show as of this writing - and there is no sign of her reign ending any time soon. She has been in the annual fashion show every single year since 2000. That is extraordinary. It is like making it to the Super Bowl every single year for well over a decade, or the World Series. She is like the New York Yankees in the Casey Stengel era. Adriana Lima is the Terminator of the fashion world.
Adriana was born in Salvador, Bahia, Brazil and is of Native American, Portuguese-Brazilian, African, and Swiss descent. She entered a modelling contest with a friend on a lark and was chosen to compete instead of her friend. This led to a first place finish in the Ford "Supermodel of Brazil" contest.
With the Brazilian win under her belt, Adriana entered the following year's Ford "Supermodel of the World" contest. She came in second in 1996.
After some local modelling, Adriana moved to New York City and signed with Elite. Her first cover was for Marie Claire Brazil in September 1998.
Naturally, Adriana has too many covers to list them all. It's just ridiculous how many covers the girl has. She has so many Vogue Brazil covers that she should own the magazine by now. Anyone who says dismissively, "Oh, that Adriana, well, all she does is Victoria's Secret, she can't do anything else"... well, below is the proof. She's a lot more than Victoria's Secret.
Here is a sampling of covers from Adriana's major markets:
- France: 'Max' - September 1999; 'Photo' -July/ August 2004; 'Photo' - July 2005; 'Photo' - July 2006; 'GQ' - June 2009; 'M' - September 2014; 'Vogue' - November 2014; 'Entrevue' - August 2016
- Italy: 'Specchio' - November 2004; 'GQ' - December 2005 & June 2006; 'A' - July 2006; 'Elle' - June 2008; 'Vogue' - June 2014
- UK: 'Arena' February 2002; 'GQ' - November 2002; 'GQ' - September 2008
Some of Adriana's major clients include Maybelline, GUESS?, Armani and Versace.
Adriana has the rare distinction of being in the prestigious Pirelli calendar twice, in 2005 and 2013.
The second time, she was pregnant, the first pregnant girl to be featured by Pirelli. How's that for a first, Hillary Clinton?
Adriana first appeared for Victoria's Secret in its fashion show in 1999. She was not yet an Angel: that happened before the next year's show.
Adriana opened the Victoria's Secret Fashion Show in 2003, 2007, 2008 and 2010.
In 2012, Adriana gave birth less than two months before the Victoria's Secret Fashion Show was scheduled to shoot. Determined to participate, she frantically prepared for the show and did not miss it.
Adriana is considered a top Angel. When there are selected exhibitions of just a few Angels, she is one of them. She was in the 2015 Victoria's Secret Super Bowl ad, for instance, along with just a handful of Angels. Her solo 2008 Super Bowl commercial was the top ad of the game, seen by 103.7 million viewers. She also was in the 2004 "Angels Across America" tour, one of only five Angels to participate.
Adriana also appears in television commercials for Victoria's Secret. She was given the honor of wearing the famous "Fantasy Bra" in 2008, and also in 2014.
Adriana also does some acting. She acted in "The Follow" (2000) with Mickey Rourke. She also has appeared in some television series, such as "Ugly Betty," "How I Met Your Mother" and "The Crazy Ones."
Adrian has made the "sexiest girls" lists many times. For instance, she was ranked No. 1 on Askmen.com's 2005 "Most Desirable Women" list.
Adriana also makes "Highest Paid" lists, such as Forbes Magazine's 2005 "The World's Best Paid Celebrities Under 25" rankings.
Adriana led the Victoria's Secret Angels to Paris for the 2016 Victoria's Secret Fashion Show.
Adriana has unusual dietary habits. She once confessed that for the week before each Victoria's Secret Fashion Show, she only drinks protein shakes and works out twice a day. She does not eat or drink anything besides the shakes. Some believe this is not a healthy regimen. It is now called the "Adriana Lima Diet" and is quite popular.
Adriana helps some charities, such as an orphanage in Salvador, and has donated some fees to charities.
Adriana claimed to have remained a virgin until her marriage in 2009 to NBA player Marko Jarić on Valentine's Day 2009. They have two daughters, Valentina and Sienna. The couple separated in 2014.
Adriana remains at the top of her game and is still in her prime years for modelling.
What is next for Adriana Lima? She wants to star in a Quentin Tarantino film. And why not? She has The Look.
Adriana Lima posted the below selfie on her Instagram account, just to show how her life isn't all glamour and perfect shots. It was taken after a tough day. She obviously wants this out there for her fans to see, so here it is. Doesn't look that bad to me, she's naturally pretty and nothing changes that.