Brazilian-born supermodel, Adriana Lima is undoubtedly one of the biggest names in the fashion world. She gained prominence as a teenager after winning the Ford “Supermodel of Brazil” competition in her native country. Lima made her debut as a Victoria’s Secret model in 1999 and nearly 2 decades later, she has become the longest-serving model in the history of the brand. In addition to her flourishing career as a runway queen, Adriana Lima has also headlined several ad campaigns for international brands which has earned her a spot on the highest-earning models’ chart.
Who is Adriana Lima?
Adriana Lima was born on June 12, 1981, in Salvador, Bahia, Brazil to Nelson Torres and Maria das Graças Lima. She has a combined heritage of Native Brazilian, Portuguese, Swiss, Japanese and West Indian ancestry. She is also multilingual as she speaks up to 4 languages. Lima was raised by her mother as her father left home when she was still a child.
Growing up, Adriana Lima literally had no aspiration of becoming a model. There are varying reports on how she eventually delved into modeling but one thing remains certain, she began at the age of 13. Being a natural talent, Lima easily stood out and won several beauty contests. As a 15-year old, she gained national and international prominence when she won the 1995 “Supermodel of Brazil” model search and subsequently finished as runner-up in the 1996 Ford Models Supermodel of the World contest. Following her meteoric rise to international stardom, the Brazilian-born got signed to Elite Model Management in 1998 after moving to New York.
Lima rose through the ranks pretty quickly as she got featured in a number of international fashion magazines. In September 1998, she appeared on the cover of Marie Claire Brazil which was her first magazine cover. Lima’s portfolio as a runway model equally expanded as she modeled for some of the biggest fashion brands in the world. She appeared on the April 2006 cover of GQ magazine which became the best-selling issue of the year.
With her quickly rising portfolio, Lima became one of the most sought names in the world of fashion. The Brazilian-born beauty was named the global spokesperson of Maybelline Cosmetics in 2003 – a role she held until 2009. Ater a 5-year hiatus, Lima was returned as spokesperson of the Maybelline New York brand in June 2014. In addition to her long-running stint with the cosmetics company, Lima has equally headlined countless ad campaigns for some of the biggest brands around the world.
Over the years, Adriana Lima has come to be known for her work with Victoria’s Secret since making her debut with the brand in 1999. Her 2008 Super Bowl XLII ad for the brand was watched by an unprecedented 103.7 million viewers all around the world. Lima has also made history as the first superstar to feature in 2 ads for one Superbowl game having appeared in the 2012 Super Bowl XLVI commercials for Teleflora and Kia Motors.
In 2017, the supermodel was named “the most valuable Victoria’s Secret Angel”. Adriana Lima’s famous figure has been immortalized with a wax sculpture the Madame Tussauds New York becoming the first Victoria’s Secret Angel to be so honored.
What is Adriana Lima’s Net Worth?
Since launching her modeling career as a teenager, Adriana Lima has remained consistent and has risen to the top echelons of the industry. In addition to being the longest-serving model in Victoria’s Secret history, Lima was also named as the highest-earning model under the brand in 2016. In 2017 alone, Adriana Lima hauled in an astonishing $10.5 million which earned her the No. 4 spot on the highest-paid models chart behind Kendall Jenner, Gisele Bündchen, and Chrissy Teigen. The Brazilian-born model and fashion entrepreneur has an estimated net worth of $75 million.
Is She Married? Kids, Boyfriend
Adriana Lima was previously married to Marko Jarić, a retired Serbian professional basketball player, and former NBA star. The couple announced their engagement in June 2008 after dating for 9 months. They tied the knot on February 14, 2009, and their wedding took place in Jackson Hole, Wyoming. Their marriage lasted for 5 years as the couple announced their separation in May 2014. Their divorce was finalized in March 2016.
Adriana Lima and Marko Jarić have 2 daughters. Their first daughter, Valentina Lima Jarić was born on November 15, 2009. They welcomed their second daughter, Sienna Lima Jarić on September 12, 2012.
Adriana Lima is currently in a relationship with Turkish non-fiction writer Metin Hara. The duo is said to have met in June 2017 and their romance went public after photos surfaced in the media of the duo spending the summer vacation together. Prior to her present relationship, Lima was linked with New England Patriots player, Julian Edelman. Their relationship lasted for 7 months and ended in February 2017. Afterward, the Brazilian-born model also made headlines with New York Mets player, Matt Harvey.