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Isabeli Fontana Wants A Bed Of Roses

Isabeli Bergossi Fontana was born on July 4, 1983, in Curitiba, in the ParanĂ¡ region of Brazil. At 12, she knew she was destined to be a model. Isabeli made it to the finals of the Elite Model Look when she was just 13 and the following year, she traveled from her native Brazil to Milan, to start working as a model.

In 1999, at the age of 16, she appeared in the Victoria’s Secret lingerie catalogue. This generated a bit of a stir in the fashion world, as Victoria’s Secret stated that they would not use girls younger than 18. But such controversy helped, rather than harmed, Isabeli’s prospects, especially in an industry that worships youth to the extreme. Soon after the Victoria’s Secret shoot, she was signed by Versace, Ralph Lauren and Valentino.

She appeared in international editions of well-known magazines like Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue, Vogue, Marie Claire and Elle, and also worked on a campaign for M. Officer, a hot, up-and-coming design house in Brazil, in which she was photographed in provocative poses that kept everyone guessing. Isabeli has been the face of a variety of advertising campaigns, strutting down fashion runways from New York and Paris to Milan.

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