Adriana Lima, Victoria's Secret Angel

Adriana Lima

Brazilian beauty Adriana Lima is one of the most highly paid lingerie models in the world.

She has been a Victoria's Secret Angel since 2000.

Lima is a devout Catholic who does not believe in intimacy before marriage. She saved herself for lucky Serbian basketball player Marko Jaric.

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Adriana Lima

Adriana Francesca Lima, born June 12, 1981, is a Brazilian model best known as a Victoria's Secret Angel since 2000 and a spokesmodel for Maybelline cosmetics from 2003 to 2009.

Lima got into modeling by entering a modeling contest with a friend. Both sent in pictures and the contest sponsor shortlisted Lima.

At the age of 15, she entered and won Ford's Supermodel of Brazil model search. She later entered the 1996 Ford Supermodel of the World contest and finished as runner-up. Three years later, Lima moved to New York City and signed with Elite Model Management.

Lima is best known for her work with Victoria's Secret. Her first fashion show for the company came in 1999, and since being contracted as an Angel in 2000, she has appeared on shows ever since, opening the show in 2003, 2007, and 2008, in which she also closed the opening segment.

Lima has appeared on several television ads for Victoria's Secret, including the praised and criticized Angel in Venice commercial of 2003 with Bob Dylan and her solo Victoria's Secret's Super Bowl XLII ad, the most viewed ad of the game, watched by 103.7 million viewers.

Lima was listed in the 2005 Forbes' edition of The World's Best Paid Celebrities Under 25.

By Armand Whyte