Do you ever watch the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show and just stare awe-struck at the models? How could such perfect, gorgeous specimens even exist? How are their legs so long? How are their bodies so sculpted? We’ve all been there, looking at these Victoria’s Secret models, fully amazed and maybe even a little jealous. Adriana Lima is no exception. In fact, she’s a Victoria’s Secret veteran, as their longest running model after joining in 2000. She was also a spokesmodel for Maybelline between 2003 and 2010. Today is the Adriana Lima birthday, and if you were looking for Adriana Lima photos, we’ve got you covered! We raided the Adriana Lima Instagram to get you the best and most revealing Adriana Lima pics we could find.
Lima was born on June 12, 1981, in Salvador, Brazil. She was never all that interested in modeling, but after a friend didn’t want to do a modeling contest on her own, Lima also entered and ended up winning Ford’s “Supermodel of Brazil” model search.
Shortly thereafter, she moved to New York and signed with Elite Model Management. Things quickly picked up for her and she did her first magazine cover for Marie Claire Brazil in 1998. As a runway model, she worked with every designer you can imagine, from Dendi to Emilio Pucci and Balmain. The list goes on and on and includes Jason Wu, Marc Jacobs, Versace, Vera Wang, and Miu Miu.
Rise to Fame
In 2006, Lima was ranked the fifth-highest paid supermodel, and in 2012, she was fourth on the Forbes top-earning models list. At that time, she made an estimated $7.3 million per year. In 2015, she topped that number with earnings of $9.0 million per year, getting her the number two spot on the Forbes list.
What she’s best known for, though, is her many years at Victoria’s Secret. She did her first fashion show for the company in 1999 and became one of the angels in 2000. Astonishingly, she opened the show for the fifth time in 2012, just two months after giving birth to her second child. For the 2008 Victoria’s Secret Fashion show, she wore the “Fantasy Bra,” which had 3,575 black diamonds, 117 certified one-carat white round diamonds, 34 rubies and two black diamond drops of 100 carats. The bra was valued at over $5.0 million. She wore the bra again in 2014 with fellow Victoria’s Secret Angel Alessandra Ambrosio.
Lima was engaged to Serbian NBA player Marko Jaric in June 2008 after just nine months of dating. The couple got married in 2009, and they have two daughters together: Valentina and Sienna. Sadly, on May 2, 2014, Lima and Jaric separated after five years of marriage, and the divorce was finalized in March 2016. Right now, it’s reported that the Adriana Lima boyfriend is a hunk named Joe, with whom she has been spotted kissing and holding hands in New York before the Met Gala.