Brazilian supermodel Adriana Lima is largely recognized as the face of Victoria's Secret. The 1.78m model was born in 1982 in Salvador, Brazil, and has a mix of French, Portuguese, Native American and Caribbean roots. She is also one of the hottest models to ever feature in the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Edition.
Shortly after, Lima decided to advance her career by moving to New York City and signing on with Elite Model Management. She appeared in international editions of Vogue and Marie Claire magazines in 1997-98 and did some runway work. But her big break occurred when she was featured in her underwear in a billboard for Vassarette in Times Square. She then became a Guess? model and graced the covers of Harper's Bazaar and Elle. Lima's foray into Victoria's Secret began with runway work in 2000. She was also the show opener for the 2003 fashion show.
In her spare time, the supermodel focuses on the Caminos Da Luz orphanage in Bahia, her native hometown in Brazil. To stay fit, Lima practices Capoeira, a Brazilian martial art that combines dance, music, and choreographed fighting.