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Adriana Lima

  • Brazilian model
  • Born June 12, 1981

Adriana Lima (Brazilian Portuguese: [adɾiˈãnɐ ˈlimɐ]; born June 12, 1981) is a Brazilian model and actress, best known as a Victoria's Secret Angel from 1999 to 2018, (being their longest-running model and named "the most valuable Victoria's Secret Angel" in 2017), as a spokesmodel for Maybelline cosmetics since 2003 and for her Super Bowl and Kia Motors commercials. At the age of 15, Lima won Ford's "Supermodel of Brazil" competition, and took second place the following year in the Ford "Supermodel of the World" competition before signing with Elite Model Management in New York City.


Don't try to be what you're not. If you're nervous, be nervous. If you're shy, be shy. It's cute.




You don't have to have an attitude if you're famous.




Lingerie is one of the most important pieces of your wardrobe. You can have a wardrobe malfunction if you don't choose the right thing to wear underneath!




I remember Tyra Banks giving me encouraging advice during my first Victoria's Secret commercial shoot. I was so nervous, and she told me to just relax and be confident - that made me feel very comfortable.




I love going to work out now. It gets out aggression and my trainer really shakes it up so I don't get bored.




My favorite designer is Christian Lacroix, not just because his clothes are amazing and I love them, but because he's so nice. When I did his fashion show, he was the first one to arrive there and he helped everyone.




A man needs to be polite, not just to me but to everyone. I watch that. How does he treat the waiter? How does he treat the coat-check girl? How does he treat the driver?




I love old-fashioned manners, as long as it's not forced. I can tell when it's natural or when someone is just trying to impress me.




I eat a balanced diet. The secret is to watch your portions, but I also work out a lot. Working out a lot isn't necessary, but I am very active, and my body can endure intense workouts.




From my hair to my toes to my nails. Everything's fake. Everything! Even my heart is fake.




I'm a teenager, but I'm independent - I have my own apartment, I have my own life. And I think I have learned more than any of those teenagers have in school. I learned to be responsible, leaving my family and coming here alone.




Fashion is about good energy. It's about feelings. That's what I have to give the people, good energy and good feelings.




I'm not going to fly a million miles with somebody I don't know.




I love cakes. Chocolate and coconut cakes. I love that combination!




Here in the big city people spend their time thinking about work and about money; they don't give some value to friendships and it can be depressing.




Be sure what you want and be sure about yourself. Fashion is not just beauty, it's about good attitude. You have to believe in yourself and be strong.




I've never been to the gym. I do nothing.




I believe love just happens once. You can be mistaken, you can think you are in love, but after a while you discover that you're really not. Real love is different.




I love challenges, I love intensity, and I also like to challenge my mind. Believe it or not, boxing is not only about physical force. You use a lot of concentration; it's really mental.




In Brazil, we don't have Victoria's Secret, and my family are all Victoria's Secret fans, so I usually bring them back some lovely pieces.




I missed out on everything. Sometimes on the street I see teenagers hanging out and going to the movies, going to concerts, and I get so jealous.




Modeling is a tough job, your co-workers are your rivals, it really puts a damper on your perspective of other girls.




Younger guys are just too jealous.




It's wrong for a guy to have no personality, no heart. Because I don't care about style or money.




I was so embarrassed about mispronouncing words. I just knew how to smile.




I used to be very shy. When I first started, I had to go to a casting, and I had to go in a bikini. I thought I was too skinny. But I went in and got the job! And that's how I started.




I like presents that a man has spent time on, doing them himself, like a card or anything that is made by hand and from the heart.




When I get older, I don't think I'll like to have wrinkles, or a big jelly belly. I cannot have it.




I want to be a child doctor. A pediatry... how do you call it, pediatrician? Do I like kids? No, not really.




I love my job and I love my children. It's really about figuring out your schedules and getting everything down that you need to do and sticking to your plan.




Coconut water is just the best for you; it's always something we had in Brazil. Since I was a little girl, I've been drinking it.




I like jealous men. I love jealousy. I do.




I have a great tip - I have a jumping rope in the house, and I just do ten minutes of it whenever I can. You don't need to work out for hours, just ten minutes will do.




If one day I have a daughter and my daughter wants to be a model, I would never let her!




I try to work out as much as I can and, of course, eat healthily. Drinking a lot of water, sweating during your work out is good for you, and of course, chasing after your kids!




I like to go to the movies or read.



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