Adriana Lima

Adriana Lima is a Brazilian model and actress who was born on June 12, 1981. She is best known for her work as a Victoria’s Secret Angel for nearly a decade and as a Maybelline cosmetics spokesmodel since 2003, amongst other things. Lima is a stunning and talented model who is worthy of celebration on her special day today.

Fast Facts

Full Name:

Adriana Lima



Birth date:

June 12, 1981



Zodiac Sign:



5' 10"

Relationship Status:

In a relationship

Net Worth:

$95 million

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Adriana Lima is a Brazilian model and actress whose talents have set her apart in both niches. She’s a Gemini, born on June 12, 1981, and her birthplace is Salvador, Bahia, Brazil. Lima is multi-racial, and she is of Portuguese, Native Brazilian, African, Japanese, Swiss, and West Indian descent. Her parents are Nelson Torres and Maria das Gracas Lima. Her father was a carpenter, while her mother was a social worker. After her father left the family when she was six months, she was raised by her mother in the Castelo Branco neighborhood of Salvador.

Lima’s modeling career began when she entered a modeling contest to support a friend who didn’t want to enter alone. At 15, she finished in first place in Ford’s ‘Supermodel of Brazil’ model search. In 1997, she moved to New York City and signed with Elite Model Management. In the same year, she made her runway debut at Anna Sui’s New York Fashion Week show. Since then, Lima has walked the runway for countless designers from Fendi to Vera Wang, Christian Dior, Miu Miu, and more. In 1998, she was on her first magazine cover for “Marie Claire Brazil,” became a Victoria’s Secret Angel by 1999, and by 2000, she got her first “Vogue” cover.

Aside from runway modeling and being a cover girl for magazines like “GQ,” “ELLE,” “Harper’s Bazaar,” and “Garage,” Lima made her acting debut in “The Follow” (2001). In 2003, she became a spokesmodel for Maybelline, a position she held until 2009. By 2006, Lima was ranked as the fifth-highest-paid model, and this position ascended to number four between 2007 and 2008. In 2008 she appeared in “Ugly Betty” and in 2012, Lima starred in two Super Bowl commercials in one game at the Super Bowl XLVI, making her the only celebrity to achieve such visibility. Several runway shows, brand ambassadorships, and ads later, Lima became the first pregnant woman to be featured in the “Pirelli” calendar. In 2014, she was ranked as the second-highest-paid supermodel by “Forbes.”

Lima returned to her role as a Maybelline spokesmodel in 2014 and by 2015, she became the face of “Vogue” eyewear. In November 2018, Lima walked in the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show for the final time after 18 catwalks for the brand. Before this, she hosted and executive produced “American Beauty Stars,” which aired in September 2017. The supermodel and actress has had a very successful career so far. Her personal life may not be as public as her professional one but Lima dated Lenny Kravitz from 2001 to 2003, and they got engaged before splitting up. She married Marko Jaric in 2009, and they had two daughters before their divorce was finalized in March 2016. She is currently dating Andre Lemmers, and they are expecting their first child together.

Career timeline

She Moves to New York

Lima moves to New York to pursue a modeling career and signs with Elite Model Management.

Her First Magazine Cover

Lima debuts on the cover of “Marie Claire Brazil.”

Her Acting Debut

Lima debuts as an actress in ‘The Follow.’


Lima becomes a spokesmodel for this cosmetics brand.

The “Pirelli” Calendar

Lima becomes the first pregnant woman to feature in this calendar.

The Most Valuable Model

D’Marie names Lima as Victoria’s Secret’s most valuable Angel.

Why We Love Adriana Lima

  1. She’s stunning

    Lima is absolutely gorgeous. Her eyes, physique, and poise are worthy of admiration.

  2. She’s talented

    Lima is one of the most successful models because of her talents. Her campaigns are known to drive sales, and she’s a beast on the runway.

  3. She’s a philanthropist

    Lima partakes in several charitable endeavors. She helped with the construction of an orphanage called Caminhos da Luz in Salvador and donated her prize money on the Turkish version of ‘Deal or No Deal’ to children fighting leukemia.

5 Surprising Facts

  1. She wanted to become a pediatrician

    Lima revealed that before starting a career in modeling, she wanted to become a pediatrician.

  2. She won beauty pageants

    Lima competed in and won several beauty pageants in elementary school.

  3. She speaks four languages

    Lima is fluent in Portuguese, English, Italian, and Spanish.

  4. No gym before motherhood

    Lima has said that, before she fell pregnant with her first child, she never went to the gym.

  5. She was in “Ocean’s 8”

    Lima made a cameo appearance in “Ocean’s 8.”

Adriana Lima FAQs

At what age did Adriana Lima first walk for Victoria’s Secret?

Lima was 17 when she became a Victoria’s Secret Angel.

Who is Adriana Lima’s best friend?

Fellow Brazilian model Alessandra Ambrosio.

What is Adriana Lima’s religion?

Lima is a devoted Roman Catholic and attends Mass every Sunday.

Adriana Lima’s birthday dates

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