Adriana Francesca Lima was born in Brazil and is best known as a Victoria's Secret Angel. Though she won beauty pageants in elementary school, Adriana never thought about being a model. She entered a modeling contest and at age 15 placed first in the "Supermodel of Brazil" model search. At 18, she moved to New York and signed with Elite Model Management.
Adriana Lima quickly landed jobs, appearing in Vogue and Marie Claire and walked the runway for designers such as Vera Wang, Armani and Valentino. She became a GUESS? girl in 2000 and continued to build her portfolio.
Adriana Lima became a Victoria's Secret Angel in 2000 and has appeared in subsequent shows ever since, including several television ads for the brand. Her solo Victoria's Secret ad during Super Bowl XLII was the single most seen ad of the game by 103.7 million viewers.
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She has said about modeling, "Modeling is a tough job, your co-workers are your rivals, it really puts a damper on your perspective of other girls."
Adriana Lima has also done commercials for Teleflora and Kia Motors. She began acting in 2001 in the film "The Follow," as well as appearances on "How I Met Your Mother" and "Ugly Betty."
Adriana Lima was criticized for revealing her diet regimen before her Victoria's Secret Fashion Show. As she told E!, "It's not that I do crazy diets throughout the year. I just do it for this particular thing. After this show, I become normal again." She is the third highest paid model in the world, behind Gisele Bundchen and Kate Moss.
Adriana Lima is a devout Catholic and attends mass every Sunday. In 2006, she revealed in a GQ interview that she was a virgin. "Sex is for after marriage. They have to respect that this is my choice. If there's no respect, that means they don't want me."
Adriana Lima has said, "I wouldn't change anything about my life. I am afraid that if I did, things might have turned out differently and I am currently living my dream. If that means I had to deal with demons, then I will do it. I got through everything and I am very proud of myself."
In 2009, Adriana Lima married Serbian NBA player Marko Jaric on St. Valentine's Day. They have two daughters, Valentina Lima Jaric and Sienna.
Adriana Lima helps an orphanage, located in Salvador. She speaks Portuguese, English and Spanish. Adriana Lima currently resides in New York City.