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She began modeling at the early age of 12, and as a result received little schooling. At the age of 15, she won Brazil's Elite Model Look, her first big break.
Ambrosio made the cover of Brazil's Elle magazine, followed by many others, including Vogue, Cosmopolitan and GQ. She became the face of several big brand ads like Armani, Ralph Lauren and Revlon, among others. In 2004, she launched her very own swimsuit line, and then was immediately picked as Victoria's Secret as the initial spokesperson for their new PINK clothing line.
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Alessandra has made several television appearances, including the likes of HBO's Entourage and How I Met Your Mother, as well as a film debut in the James Bond flick, Casino Royale. Since 2008, Alessandra has been engaged to Jason Mazur, with whom she has two children. In 2010, Forbes named her one of the highest-earning models. Alessandra has been listed by several media outlets as one of the sexiest women alive, including Askmen.com and People magazine. Alessandra is an ambassador for the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, located in Los Angeles, California.