She has been a Victoria's Secret Angel since 2000 and served as spokesmodel for Maybelline Cosmetics from 2003 to 2009. She first got her start in the modeling world at the age of 15 when she won first place in Ford's "Supermodel of Brazil" contest. She went on to compete in Ford's "Supermodel of the World" contest where she placed an admirable second. She did not sign a modeling contract with Ford Models, a prestigious modeling agency. Instead she signed with Elite Model Management and quickly began walking the runway for the top fashion designers of New York, Paris, London and Milan and was consistently chosen as the face of several advertising campaigns.
What is so fascinating about Adriana Lima is that she is of mixed Brazilian ancestry and has a very exotic, sexy look. In the early years of her career, her decision to remain a virgin until she married made her appear even more desirable to the general masses. She married at the age of 27. How a virgin can exude so much sensuality in print advertising is beyond me!
Even though her modeling portfolio is quite extensive (Versace, Guess, Blumarine, Valentino, Vogue magazine covers, GQ magazine covers, etc.) we all know her best for her work with Victoria's Secret. She has opened the Victoria's Secret annual runway shows and individual segments more than any other model and has done extensive television commercials and various promos for the brand throughout the world. Adriana Lima pretty much IS Victoria's Secret.
Here is a breakdown of her VS fashion show appearances:
FEB 1999 (webcast)
MAY 2000 (webcast) (Walks in 3 of 4 Segments)
NOV 2001 (aired on ABC) (First televised Victoria's Secret Show. Walks in 3 of 4 Segments, Closes the Show!)
NOV 2002 (aired on CBS) (Walks in 3 of 4 Segments, Closes the Show!)
NOV 2003 (Walks in 3 of 5 Segments, Opens the Show!)
Year 2004 (Participated in Angels Across America - no fashion show this year)
Sexy Shadow Dreams, 2nd Segment
Sexy Delicious, 5th Segment (Opens!)
Sexy Things, 6th Segment
Coquettish Fetish, 2nd Segment (Opens!)
Come Fly With Me, 3rd Segment (Closes!)
Winter Wonderland of Glacial Godesses, 6th Segment
Blade Runner, 1st Segment (Opens the Show!)
Sureally Sexy, 5th Segment (Closes!)
Deck the Halls, 6th Segment
Glamour Goddess, 1st Segment (Opens the Show!)
The Modern, 3rd Segment
Black Tie Holiday, 6th Segment
*Wears $5 million bra.
ABSENT - out on maternity leave to have little Valentina.
Tough Love Segment, 1st Segment (Opens the Show!)
Game On, 2nd Segment
Heavenly Bodies, 4th Segment
*Wears $2 million bra.
Superangels, 2nd Segment (Opens!)
Passion, 3rd Segment (Closes!)
Put a Spell on You, 5th Segment
Circus, 1st Segment (Opens the Show!)
Angels in Bloom, 6th Segment