It is a dream for every model to be a Victoria Secret Angel as that marks an epitome of success and fame. The dream came true for Adriana Lima, a Brazil model, in 2000 when she was asked to walk the ramp as a Victoria Secret Angel, just one year after her debut with the brand’s annual iconic lingerie show. Since then Adriana Lima has been synonymous with the brand and hailed as a successful supermodel. She is also considered to be one of the top paid supermodels of all times and the most valuable Victoria Secrets models according to a research.
Though Adriana had not dreamt of becoming a model while growing up, with her gorgeous body and appealing face she finished second in the Fords Models Supermodels of the World competition at a young age of 16. After that her career took off and she climbed the heights of success landing at Victoria Secrets first walk in 1999. Her first magazine cover was Marie Claire Brazil in the year 1998 while being handled by the Elite Model Management, a coveted place for all aspiring models.
Adriana Lima recently announced her departure from Victoria Secret after 18 glorious years of association and walking the ramp for the brand. She has opened the show for Victoria Secret for many years and has also adorned the famous Fantasy Bra which is studded with several diamonds and precious stones. Aged 37, Adriana Lima now wishes to focus on projects for women empowerment and wants to continue her charity work. A mother of two, Adriana Lima continued her reign as the top Victoria Secret model conforming to the strict standards the brand holds for all its angels. She has also been criticised for publicly speaking about the extreme diet that models adopts to fit into the standard of a 24 inches waist for Victoria Secret’s show.
Apart from being a Victoria Secret supermodel, this gorgeous Brazilian beauty has many more accolades to her name. She has been touted as the Sexist Woman in the world many times and is the only Victoria Secret model to have a wax statue at Madame Tussauds New York. Adriana Lima has been the face of many brand campaigns and clothing line including Maybelline, Desigual, Guess, Marc Jacobs fragrance and Vogue Eyewear. Starting with her first magazine cover in 1998, she has appeared on several magazine covers like GQ, Grazia, Esquire and Vogue through the span of her career. She has also walked the ramp for several luxury brands including Louis Vuitton, Miu Miu, Prada, Vera Wang and Valentino.
With an estimated worth of 75 million dollars, this beauty will continue to be remembered for her sparkling career with Victoria Secret as the longest-serving angel.