Victoria’s Secret Angel: Adriana Lima

Adriana Lima is a Brazilian model, best known as a Victoria’s Secret Angel since 2000, and as a spokesmodel for Maybelline cosmetics from 2003 to 2009. She was born on June 12, 1981, in Salvador, Bahia, Brazil.

Adriana was raised by her mother, Maria da Graça Lima a social worker, while her father, Nelson Torres, abandoned his wife and Adriana when she was 6 months old. She stated that she’s of African, Swiss, and Indian ethnicity.

Adriana never thought about being a model, although she had won many beauty pageants in elementary school. Soon after, at the age of 15, she entered and finished in first place in Ford‘s “Supermodel of Brazil” model search. She subsequently entered the 1996 Ford “Supermodel of the World” contest and finished in second place. Three years later, Adriana moved to New York City and signed with Elite Model Management.

Adriana is probably best known for her work with Victoria’s Secret. Her first fashion show for the company came in 1999, and since being contracted as an Angel in 2000, she has appeared on subsequent shows ever since, opening the show in 2003, 2007, 2008, and 2010.

Adriana is a devout Roman Catholic who attends church every Sunday. On St. Valentine’s Day 2009, Adriana married Serbian basketball player Marko Jarić in a small private civil ceremony in Jackson, Wyoming. She and her husband, Marko Jaric, became the parents of a girl, Valentina Lima Jaric, on November 15, 2009 in New York City.

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