Brazilian-born supermodel Adriana Lima is without a doubt one of the biggest names in the fashion world. She became famous as a teenager after winning the Ford competition “Supermodel of Brazil” in her home country. Lima debuted as a model at Victoria’s Secret in 1999, and almost two decades later she is the longest-serving model in the brand’s history. In addition to her flourishing career as catwalk queen, Adriana Lima has also directed several advertising campaigns for international brands, which has earned her a place in the ranking of highest-earning models.
Who is Adriana Lima?
Adriana Lima was born on June 12, 1981, in Salvador, Bahia, Brazil as the daughter of Nelson Torres and Maria das Graças Lima. She has a common heritage of Brazilian, Portuguese, Swiss, Japanese, and West Indian descent. She is also multilingual, speaking up to 4 languages. Lima was raised by her mother because her father left home when she was a child.
When Adriana Lima grew up, she literally had no ambitions to become a model. There are various accounts of how she eventually got into modeling, but one thing remains certain: she started at the age of 13. A natural talent, Lima stood out slightly and won several beauty contests. As a 15-year-old, she gained national and international fame when she won the “Supermodel of Brazil” model search in 1995 and took second place in Ford Models’ “Supermodel of the World” competition in 1996. After her meteoric rise to international fame, the Brazilian-born model was signed to Elite Model Management in 1998 after moving to New York.
Lima rose through the ranks quite quickly as she was featured in a number of international fashion magazines. In September 1998 she appeared on the cover of Marie Claire Brazil, her first cover. Lima’s portfolio as a catwalk model was also expanded as she modeled for some of the world’s biggest fashion brands. In April 2006, she appeared on the cover of GQ magazine, which became the best-selling issue of the year.
With her rapidly growing portfolio, Lima has become one of the most sought-after names in the world of fashion. The Brazilian-born beauty was named global spokesperson for Maybelline Cosmetics in 2003 – a role she held until 2009. After a five-year break, Lima was reappointed as a spokesperson for the New York-based brand Maybelline in June 2014. In addition to her many years with the cosmetics company, Lima has also led countless advertising campaigns for some of the world’s biggest brands.
Over the years, Adriana Lima has become known for her work with Victoria’s Secret since she made her debut with the brand in 1999. Her 2008 Super Bowl XLII advertising for the brand was seen by an unprecedented 103.7 million viewers around the world. Lima has also made history as the first superstar to appear in 2 ads for a Super Bowl game that appeared in the 2012 Super Bowl XLVI commercials for Teleflora and Kia Motors.
In 2017, the supermodel was named “Victoria’s Secret’s most precious angel”. Adriana Lima’s famous figure was immortalized with a wax sculpture, making Madame Tussauds New York the first Victoria’s Secret Angel receive this honor.
What is Adriana Lima’s Net Worth?
Since the beginning of her modeling career as a teenager, Adriana Lima has remained consistent and has risen to the top of the industry. Aside from being the longest-serving model in Victoria’s Secret’s history, Lima was also named the model with the highest income under the brand in 2016. In 2017 alone, Adriana Lima earned an astonishing $10.5 million, earning her fourth place in the ranking of the highest-paid models behind Kendall Jenner, Gisele Bündchen, and Chrissy Teigen. The net worth of the Brazilian-born model and fashion entrepreneur is estimated at 75 million dollars.
Is She Married? Kids, Boyfriend
Adriana Lima was previously married to Marko Jaric, a retired Serbian professional basketball player, and former NBA star. The couple announced their engagement in June 2008 after 9 months together. The bond of marriage was sealed on February 14, 2009, and the wedding took place in Jackson Hole, Wyoming. The marriage lasted 5 years when the couple announced their separation in May 2014. The divorce was finalized in March 2016.
Adriana Lima and Marko Jaric have 2 daughters. Their first daughter, Valentina Lima Jaric, was born on November 15, 2009. Their second daughter, Sienna Lima Jaric, welcomed them on September 12, 2012.
Adriana Lima is currently in a relationship with the Turkish non-fiction author Metin Hara. The duo is said to have met in June 2017, and their romance went public after photos appeared in the media showing the duo spending the summer holidays together. Prior to their current relationship, Lima was associated with New England Patriots player Julian Edelman. Their relationship lasted 7 months and ended in February 2017, after which the Brazilian-born model made headlines with New York Mets player Matt Harvey.