Adriana Lima Biography


Date of Birth
12 June 1981
Birth Name
Adriana Francesca Lima
5' 10"


Adriana Lima was born on June 12, 1981 in Salvador, Bahia, Brazil. At the tender age of 13, Adriana entered the Ford Supermodel of the World Contest, where her unique beauty, derived from her Native-Brazilian, African-Brazilian, Portuguese, French, and Caribbean heritage, won her second place. Moving to New York at age 16, Adriana joined the Elite Model Management and further pursued her modeling career, landing a campaign for the fashion designer 'Anna Molinari' 's clothing line. However, it was her appearance in several Guess? campaigns that gained her the recognition that catapulted her to her status as one of the world's top fashion models. Since then, she has appeared in campaigns for Anna Sui Jeans, Bebe, Gasoline, Mossimo, Victoria's Secret, BCBG, Keds, and XOXO, and has appeared on the covers of magazines such as Vogue and Marie Claire. She consistently appears in the hyped Victoria's Secret Fashion Shows, gaining recognition as one of the Victoria's Secret's Perfect 10. In her spare time, Adriana dedicates her services to help orphans in her native Brazil. She has appeared in the Italian TIM mobile Commercials.


'Marko Jaric' (14 February 2009 - 14 March 2016) (divorced); 2 children

Trade Mark

Mole on her chin

Tall stature

Striking blue eyes


Spokesmodel of Guess?.

Spokesmodel of Victoria's Secret.

Ranked #57 in Maxim's Hot 100 2003, ahead of 'Naomi Watts' and behind 'Salma Hayek' .

Ethnicity is Native-Brazilian, African-Brazilian, Portuguese, Swiss, Japanese and Caribbean.

Ranked #1 on's Most Desirable Women (2004).

Ranked #33 on's Most Desirable Women (2002).

Ranked #75 on's Most Desirable Women (2003).

One of the world's top fashion models.

A favorite model of photographer 'Ellen Von Unwerth' , she appears prominently in Von Unwerth's 1998 book "Wicked."

Chosen as the most desirable woman by, leaving behind such starts as 'Angelina Jolie' (#9), 'Halle Berry' (#10), 'Monica Bellucci' (#2) and 'Charlize Theron' (#3). [2005]

Her favorite musician is 'Lenny Kravitz' . She has also appeared in one of his music videos, "Yesterday Is Gone".

Ranked #1 on's 99 Most Desirable Women (2005).

She has helped financially and worked with orphaned children in Brazil for several years.

Ranked and Voted #4 by's Top 99 Most Desirable Women of 2006

Named #39 in FHM's "100 Sexiest Women in the World 2005" special supplement. (2005)

Named #27 in FHM magazine's "100 Sexiest Women in the World 2006" supplement. (2006).

She's the second best paid Brazilian model. The first is 'Gisele Bündchen' .

She was raised by her mother, Maria da Graça Lima (social worker).

Her father, Nelson Torres, abandoned his wife and Adriana when she was 6 months old.

Ranked #53 on the Maxim magazine Hot 100 of 2007 list.

She lists West Side Story (1961) and Central do Brasil (1998) (aka "Central Station") among her favorite movies.

According to, Lima secretly married NBA player Marko Jaric in Jackson Hole, Wyoming on Valentine's Day, 2009.

[2010] Represented in New York City and Paris by Marilyn Agency.

Applied for Serbian citizenship in 2009.

Married Serbian basketball player, Marko Jaric in a private ceremony in 2009.

Ranked #14 in the 2011 FHM list of "100 Sexiest Women in the World".

Ranked #8 in the 2010 FHM UK list of "100 Sexiest Women in the World".

Second cousin of 'Kathleen Mackey ' .

Voted #71 on Ask men's Top 99 'most desirable' woman of 2012 list.

Gave birth to her 1st child at age 28, a daughter named Valentina Lima Jaric on November 15, 2009. Child's father is her now ex-husband, Marko Jaric.

Gave birth to her 2nd child at age 31, a daughter named Sienna Lima Jaric on September 12, 2012. Child's father is her now ex-husband, Marko Jaric.

(May 2, 2014) Separated from her husband of 5 years Marko Jaric.

Is the longest-running Angel in the history of Victoria's Secret, first posing for them in 1999 at age 18.

Ranked #2 on Forbes 'The World's Highest-Paid Models' list [2014].

Appeared in 3 of of the most watched Super Bowl commercials of all time. Her Kia Motors commercial promoting the new Kia Optima - sent sales to their highest mark since the design debuted. Sales were up 31% from January 2012 and 138.6% from February 2012. The commercial was also voted No.3 out of the 55 commercials on USA Today and Facebook's Super Bowl Ad Meter.

Have worn Victoria's Secret famous million dollar 'Fantasy Bra' three times: in 2008 ("The Black Diamond" - $5 million), in 2010 ("The Bombshell" - $2 million) and in 2014 ("The Dream Angels" - $2 million) alongside 'Alessandra Ambrosio' , it was the first time that the fashion show had two models wearing the Fantasy Bra. Adriana is tied with 'Heidi Klum' as the models who have worn the bra the most.

Attended the closing ceremony of 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil and was one of the few people to touch the World Cup trophy, only FIFA World Cup champions and heads of state are allowed to touch the trophy, but Germany's midfielder 'Bastian Schweinsteiger' let Adriana hold the trophy, she took a picture and published it on her official Instagram. [July 13, 2014].

Practices boxing.

Speaks four languages: her native Portuguese, English, Spanish and Italian.

Loves to read.

Ranked #46 on the "Most Popular Women on the Web" per Google Search Results. [2010].

Face of 'Marc Jacobs ' 's fragrance 'Decadence'. [2015].

Was the first pregnant woman who appeared in the legendary Pirelli's Calendar.

On October 6 2015, it was announced that Adriana will have her own wax figure at the Madame Tussauds New York. She's the first Victoria's Secret Angel and the second Brazilian figure to join the Tussauds star lineup after soccer star 'Pelé ' . Adriana's wax figure was unveiled on November 30, 2015.

Had a Maltese dog, Ivy, for 7 years. She lost him in Miami in August 28, 2012 and never found him again.

Face of Vogue Eyewear. [2015].

If she didn't become a model, she would have gone on to be a pediatrician.

Her name is pronounced AH-driana, though most people still say AY-driana.

As of November 2016, she has over 18 million followers on social media (Instagram, Twitter and Facebook).

Considers herself Afro-Brazilian first.

Is a fan of the Brooklyn Nets and the New England Patriots.


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

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

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

Sex is for after marriage. They [men] have to respect that this is my choice. If there's no respect, that means they don't want me.

Boxing is my exercise, my passion.


"Vogue" (Brazil), September 2014, Vol. 433, by: Ellen Von Unwerth, ""Factory Girl" with Adriana Lima and Fellipe Wermuth"

"Playboy" (USA), March 2009, Vol. 56, Iss. 3, pg. 122, by: Carlos Barria, "Grapevine: First AMong Equals"

"Zoo Weekly" (UK), 31 March 2006, Iss. 111, pg. 41, by: staff, "The HOT List: #6 - Adriana Lima Is Intact"

"Playboy" (USA), April 2004, Vol. 51, Iss. 4, pg. 168, by: Jason Nevader, "Grapevine"

"Maxim" (USA), May 2001, Iss. Special, pg. 22, by: Ellen Von Unwerth, "Maxim Hot 100 2001: #15"

"Jane" (USA), June 1998, Vol. 2, Iss. 5, pg. 76-91, by: Ellen von Unwerth, "Undercover Angels"

"Capricho" (Brazil), December 1996, pg. 114, "22 Cortes de Cabelo"

Magazine Cover Photo

"Women & The City" (Serbia), 16 August 2016

"Vogue" (Brazil), August 2016

"Entrevue" (France), August 2016

"GQ" (Spain), April 2016

"Love Magazine" (USA), March 2016

"Garage Magazine" (Russia), March 2016

"Garage Magazine" (USA), 11 February 2016, Vol. 10, Iss. Spring/Summer 2016

"Expresiones" (Ecuador), 5 February 2016

"Celeb Scandals Magazine" (Japan), February 2016

"Seitenblicke" (Austria), 29 October 2015

"Vogue" (Mexico), July 2015

"El Aviso Magazine" (USA), 27 June 2015

"Soul" (Greece), December 2014

"Gloria" (Serbia), 25 November 2014

"Vogue" (France), November 2014

"Glow!" (Mexico), November 2014

"W" (South Korea), October 2014

"M Le Magazine du Monde" (France), 6 September 2014

"Love Magazine" (UK), September 2014

"Vogue" (Brazil), September 2014

"Women's Fitness" (Turkey), August 2014

"Grazia" (Italy), August 2014

"Hoy Corazon" (Spain), 16 July 2014

"Harper's Bazaar" (Greece), July 2014

"Divinity Magazine" (Spain), July 2014

"Grazia" (Spain), June 2014

"Vogue" (Italy), June 2014

"Divinity" (Spain), June 2014, Iss. 3

"Vogue" (Turkey), May 2014

"Vogue" (Spain), May 2014

"Interview" (Germany), April 2014

"Harper's Bazaar" (Kazakhstan), April 2014

"Harper's Bazaar" (Brazil), February 2014

"Harper's Bazaar" (Spain), February 2014

"Número Tokyo" (Japan), December 2013

"Hello!" (Serbia), 24 November 2013

"Harper's Bazaar" (Turkey), November 2013

"Harper's Bazaar" (Argentina), November 2013

"Harper's Bazaar" (Greece), November 2013

"Harper's Bazaar" (Kazakhstan), November 2013

"Harper's Bazaar" (USA), November 2013

"Beauty & Marlin" (USA), November 2013

"Vogue" (Brazil), October 2013

"Garage Magazine" (Russia), September 2013

"Garage Magazine" (USA), September 2013

"Stiletto Magazine" (Turkey), June 2013

"El Aviso" (USA), 13 April 2013

"Story" (Serbia), 15 February 2013

"Soul" (Greece), January 2013

"Q Life Magazine" (Turkey), December 2012

"Story" (Serbia), 16 November 2012

"Fashion & Friends" (Serbia), November 2012

"Marketing Europe & Anatolia" (Turkey), May 2012

"Fairuz Magazine" (Lebanon), March 2012

"GQ" (Mexico), February 2012

"Vogue" (Brazil), February 2012

"Hello" (Serbia), February 2012

"Expresiones" (Ecuador), 11 November 2011

"Elle" (Thailand), November 2011

"Elle" (South Africa), November 2011

"Elle" (USA), October 2011

"GQ" (Germany), July 2011

"Brand Fashion" (India), July 2011, Vol. 5, Iss. 7

"Cosas" (Ecuador), 1 June 2011

"Isto É Gente" (Brazil), May 2011

"Victoria's Secret" (USA), March 2011, Iss. Spring

"Vogue" (Italy), February 2011

"Vogue" (Brazil), February 2011

"GQ" (Spain), November 2010

"V Magazine" (Spain), August 2010

"V Magazine" (USA), July 2010, Iss. 66

"Vogue" (Spain), June 2010

"Hola" (Brazil), June 2010

"Seitenblicke" (Austria), 20 May 2010

"Le Point" (France), 6 May 2010

"Gurme" (Turkey), December 2009

"Boxer" (Turkey), September 2009

"Cosmopolitan" (Norway), September 2009

"Soul" (Greece), July 2009

"Cosmopolitan" (Sweden), June 2009

"GQ" (Russia), June 2009

"French Revue de Modes" (France), May 2009

"S Moda Magazine" (Spain), 15 March 2009

"Orale" (USA), February 2009

"DT Magazine" (Spain), February 2009

"Boxer" (Turkey), January 2009

"Ocean Drive" (Mexico), October 2008

"GQ" (Mexico), October 2008

"Status" (Greece), August 2008

"The Best Shop" (Croatia), August 2008

"GQ" (Germany), July 2008

"GQ" (Mexico), June 2008

"Elle" (Italy), June 2008

"GQ" (USA), April 2008

"Esquire" (Turkey), March 2008

"Esquire" (USA), February 2008

"Lepota & Zdravlje" (Serbia), February 2008

"Victoria's Secret" (USA), January 2008

"Sawary" (Brazil), December 2007

"7sky People Magazine" (Switzerland), March 2007, Vol. 50

"GQ" (South Africa), September 2006

"GQ" (Germany), September 2006

"Elle" (Czech Republic), August 2006

"A. Magazine" (Italy), July 2006

"Photo" (France), July 2006, Vol. 431

"GQ" (Italy), June 2006

"GQ" (Spain), May 2006

"GQ" (USA), April 2006

"Vanity Fair" (Italy), March 2006, Iss. Style

"Victoria's Secret" (USA), March 2006, Iss. Spring

"GQ" (Italy), December 2005

"Elle" (Brazil), November 2005

"Trump Magazine" (USA), October 2005

"Victoria's Secret" (USA), September 2005, Iss. Fall

"Photo" (France), August 2005, Vol. 421

"Isto É Gente" (Brazil), 4 July 2005

"Photo" (France), June 2005, Vol. 420

"GQ" (Portugal), March 2005

"Vogue" (Spain), February 2005

"Victoria's Secret" (USA), February 2005, Iss. Swim

"Vanity Fair" (Italy), 2005, Vol. 14, Iss. Style

"Victoria's Secret" (USA), December 2004, Iss. Christmas

"Specchio Magazine" (Italy), 13 November 2004

"Victoria's Secret" (USA), September 2004, Iss. Fall

"Photo" (France), August 2004, Vol. 431

"American Photo" (USA), March 2004

"Victoria's Secret" (USA), December 2003, Iss. Christmas

"Vogue" (Brazil), October 2003

"Vogue" (Brazil), September 2003

"Isto É Gente" (Brazil), 18 August 2003

"GQ" (Portugal), June 2003

"Elle" (Portugal), June 2003

"Elle" (Turkey), April 2003

"Elle" (USA), March 2003

"GQ" (Spain), December 2002

"GQ" (UK), November 2002

"Elle" (Brazil), November 2002

"French Revue de Modes" (France), 14 October 2002

"Audi Magazine" (Brazil), August 2002

"Arena" (UK), February 2002

"Cosmopolitan" (France), January 2002

"Victoria's Secret" (USA), December 2001, Iss. Winter

"Isto É Gente" (Brazil), 1 July 2001

"Amica" (Italy), June 2001

"Vogue Gioiello" (Italy), September 2000, Iss. 20th Anniversary

"Vogue Hellas" (Greece), August 2000

"Arena" (UK), June 2000

"Harper's Bazaar" (Mexico), February 2000

"TRACE Magazine" (Brazil), 2000

"Max" (Italy), 1999

"Marie Claire" (Brazil), September 1998

Other Works

(1999) Print ad: Bebe clothing

(2003-04) Print ads: Maybelline Sky High Curves extreme length & curl mascara

(2004) Print ads: Maybelline Forever metallics Lip Product.

(2004) TV commercials: Victoria's Secret.

(2004-07) Print ads: Maybelline's XXL Volume+ Length microfiber mascara

(2004-07) Print ads: Maybelline's Dream Matte Mousse foundation and Dream Matte Powder.

(????) Modeled for Armani Jeans.

(????) Modeled for Guess? jeans

(????) Modeled for Victoria's Secret.

(????) Modeled for XOXO.

(2006) Print ads: Maybelline's Lash Stylist Comb Mascara.

(2007) Print ads: Maybelline's Shine Seduction Glossy Lipcolor

(2008) Print ads: Maybelline's Mineral Power Liquid Foundation

(2008) Print ads: Maybelline's Volume XL Seduction Lip Plumper

(2009) Print ads: Maybelline's Dream Liquid Mousse Foundation.

(2012) TV commercial: Kia Optima cars

(????) Music video: Appeared in 'Lenny Kravitz' 's video "Yesterday's Gone".

(2015) print ads for Maybelline's The blushed Nudes makeup palette.

(2016) Print ads for Maybelline New York's Dream velvet soft-matte hydrating foundation.

(2017) Print ads for Maybelline New York's Master Precise liquid liner eyeliner.

(2017) Print ads for Maybelline New York's Brow Precise Fiber Volumizer Mascara.