Adriana Lima: The Most Valuable Victoria’s Secret Angel

Adriana Lima is a Brazilian supermodel and actress who has a net worth of $95 million. She is best known for being the longest-running Victoria’s Secret Angel from 2000 to 2018, and a spokesmodel for Maybelline cosmetics. She has also appeared in several movies, TV shows, and magazines, and has worked with some of the most famous fashion designers in the world.

Early Life and Career

Adriana Lima was born on June 12, 1981, in Salvador, Bahia, Brazil. Her mother, Maria, was a social worker, and her father, Nelson, worked as a carpenter. Nelson left the family when Adriana was just 6 months old; she was raised solely by Maria and uses her mother’s surname. Lima has said that before she began modeling, she had thought about becoming a nun or a pediatrician. She competed in beauty pageants as a child, often winning, and as a teenager, a friend convinced Adriana to enter a modeling contest with her; after Lima and her friend sent photos, the contest sponsor chose Adriana for the competition. At age 15, Lima entered and won Ford’s “Supermodel of Brazil” competition, and she was runner-up in the 1996 Ford Models “Supermodel of the World” contest. In 1999, she relocated to New York City, where she signed with Elite Model Management.

Lima’s career began in 2000 when she became an official ‘Guess’ girl and did many ad campaigns for it. Three years later, she joined ‘Maybelline’ as a spokesmodel where she continued till 2009. In the same year, she appeared in the company’s first calendar and also did an ad campaign for swatch. She worked has worked for fashion brands such as ‘Bebe’, ‘Armani’, ‘Versace’, ‘BCBG’ and ‘Louis Vuitton’. She has also appeared on the covers of fashion magazines such as, ‘Harper’s Bazaar’, ‘Elle’, ‘GQ’, ‘Arena’, ‘Vogue’, ‘V’, ‘Esquire’, and ‘French Revue des modes’.

In 2001, she bagged her first acting role in ‘The Follow’, a short film in BMW series ‘The Hire’ where she played a damsel in distress, appearing alongside Clive Owen, Mickey Rorke, and Forest Whitaker. She also appeared in ‘The Crazy Ones’ (2013), a TV show starring Robin Williams and Sarah Michelle Gellar, and had a cameo in ‘Ocean’s Eight’ (2018), a movie starring Sandra Bullock, Cate Blanchett, and Rihanna.

Lima became a Victoria’s Secret Angel in 2000, and has walked in every show since then, except for 2009, when she was pregnant with her first child. She has worn the coveted Fantasy Bra three times, in 2008, 2010, and 2014, and has opened the show five times, in 2003, 2007, 2008, 2010, and 2012. She is the longest-serving Angel in the history of the brand, and has been called “the most valuable Victoria’s Secret Angel” by analysts. She retired from the runway in 2018, after 18 years of being an Angel, with an emotional farewell.

Personal Life and Philanthropy

Lima married Serbian basketball player Marko Jaric in 2009, after three years of dating. They have two daughters, Valentina and Sienna, born in 2009 and 2012, respectively. The couple announced their separation in 2014, and finalized their divorce in 2016. Lima has since been linked to celebrities such as Justin Bieber, Julian Edelman, and Metin Hara.

Lima is a devout Roman Catholic, and attends mass every Sunday. She also practices boxing and does charity work for various causes, such as the St. Luke Foundation for Haiti, the Caminhos da Luz orphanage in Brazil, and the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.


How old is Adriana Lima?

Adriana Lima is 42 years old, as of 2023. She was born on June 12, 1981.

How tall is Adriana Lima?

Adriana Lima’s height is 1.78 m, which is equal to 5 ft 10 in.

How much does Adriana Lima weigh?

Adriana Lima’s weight is 56 kg, which is equal to 123 lbs.

How much does Adriana Lima make?

Adriana Lima’s salary is estimated to be $11 million per year, according to Forbes. She was the fourth highest-paid model in the world in 2017, behind Kendall Jenner, Gisele Bundchen, and Chrissy Teigen.

What is Adriana Lima’s ethnicity?

Adriana Lima’s ethnicity is mixed. She has Portuguese, African, Native American, Japanese, Swiss, and West Indian ancestry. She identifies as Afro-Brazilian.

What is Adriana Lima’s Instagram?

Adriana Lima’s Instagram is [@adrianalima]. She has over 12.7 million followers as of February 2023.

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