With Brazil currently hosting the Olympics, all eyes are on the Portuguese-speaking South American nation. Many of us have learned a lot about Brazil and Rio over the past few years leading up to the Olympics, and one thing has only been confirmed to us: Brazil is without a doubt one of the hottest nations in the world. Maybe the most famous model of the past 20 years, Gisele Bündchen, hails from the nation.
Gisele though, is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to beautiful Brazilian models. From what we can tell, choosing just fifteen beautiful women for this list was near impossible. What is in the water that produces such incredibly hot women? Why have we been so blessed as to be witness to their majesty? While the lead up to Rio has been wrought with controversy, it has also affirmed that this is a country we want to visit to take in the uhh... views. If you know what we mean.
This list is just a small cross section of the hottest Brazilian models right now, we could have easily drawn more on some bigger or more established names but selecting some up and coming talents seemed only fair. Who is your favourite?
15 Cintia Dicker
This beautiful Brazilian model of German descent was born in Campo Bom, Rio Grande do Sul. If you are an avid reader of the Sports Illustrated swimsuit issue, you're probably very familiar with Cintia Dinker, as she has regularly appeared in the best selling issue since 2009. Due to her German descent, she looks different than a lot of other Brazilian models, setting her apart from the crowd. Her natural red hair and freckles makes her stand out, and we think it suits her beautifully. She has seven tattoos and was discovered at a local shopping mall. More than just a pretty face though, Cintia describes herself as a "spiritualist" and works hard at giving back to her community, organizing charitable programs and institutions in Brazil.
14 Gracie Carvalho
Among the coveted Victoria's Secret angels, Gracie Carvalho isn't just some delicate flower. Staying in shape is important for most models, as their bodies are their bread and butter, but few of them go the route of martial arts like Gracie Carvalho. She seems to take fighting as seriously as she does modeling, though she's always careful not to get hit in the face. She has been working for years as a Muay Thai fighter (Kickboxer Jean-Claude Van Damme would be proud), and even trains all the way in Thailand so she can learn from the best. Obviously, her hard work has been paying off as the model has one of the absolute best bodies in the whole business. Gracie Carvalho's career only seems to be taking off, and who knows, if the modeling doesn't work out - we wouldn't complain about watching her in the ring for the UFC.
13 Débora Nascimento
Débora Nascimento started out as an actress after having been discovered in a performance she did in a short film. From there she got a gig on a telenovela, and eventually transitioned into modeling - with her biggest gig having her star in a series of ads for L'Oreal Paris. She has appeared in films like Rio, I Love You and had a small role in the 2008 film, The Incredible Hulk. Like many Brazilian models, Débora has one of those bodies that literally defies all expectations. Her beautiful brown hair and bountiful assets make her stand out from the crowd. She has appeared in a number of high-profile fashion publications as well, such as Vogue, bridging the gap from swimsuit to editorial model with ease. We'd love to go to the beach with her by our side!
12 Caroline Francischini
Has your girlfriend ever forced you to watch America's Next Top Model? Were you dumb enough to say no? Caroline Francischini, one of the hottest models in the world, was discovered in the Brazilian version of the show. She has appeared on numerous covers of Elle Magazine and a number of ad campaigns. Her career maybe hasn't taken off quite as much as we would like, but a quick look at her Instagram page shows she's not hurting! In a lot of ways Caroline Francischini has that idealized model body; she's tall, with long limbs and perfectly toned. If you've always preferred brunettes over blondes, it's clear that Brazil is the place for you - as beauties like Caroline Francischini will make you forget blondes or redheads were ever even an option.
11 Juliana Martins
Called the Brazilian Cindy Crawford, Juliana Martins really lives up to that promise. Stunningly beautiful, she looks remarkably like Crawford but somehow with a more killer body. It should be no surprise at all that Juliana seems to specialize in lingerie and swimsuit modelling, it would frankly be a crime if she wasn't. Like many other models on this list, when Juliana isn't modeling she's also starring on a number of Brazilian telenovelas. We love her million-yard stare, she looks like she could take us down - and we wouldn't complain if she did! While her body is her selling point, she knows how to work her eyes in a way that makes us go gaga.
10 Emanuela de Paula
One of the highest profile models on the list, Emanuela de Paula has been making waves in the modeling industry for years. This fiery Taurus has been gaining traction for over a decade, and only seems poised for more success. She has appeared in magazines like Elle, Vogue and Sports Illustrated. She's been featured in a number of Victoria's Secret Fashion Shows and has been praised by fashion Gods Anna Wintour and Naomi Campbell. Likely not going away anytime soon, Emanuela de Paula will be a model to look out for. She seems just on the brink to join the all time ranks, and for that, we feel blessed. We also love how she has been pretty outspoken about the struggles of black models within the industry, and how things need to change.
9 Lais Ribeiro
One of the biggest models in Brazil, Lais Ribeiro is in very high demand in her native country. Profiled for New York Magazine's The Cut, the editorial department of the fashion focused magazine, declared that Lais Ribeiro was helping change the face of modelling worldwide. They claimed that the thin and emaciated look of European models was soon going to be out the door, and curvaceous and athletic models like Lais Ribeiro were the face of the future. While that may have been entirely correct, as evidenced by this list, we can't say we would be complaining if the industry was moving in that direction. Since 2015, she has also been selected as one of Victoria's Secrets Angels - no small feat! Just in time for the Olympics as well, she did a Brazilian themed spread for GQ Mexico that will be sure to make your jaw drop.
8 Izabel Goulart
A veteran of modeling, Izabel Goulart has been a Victoria's Secret Angel since 2005. Although more recently, she is perhaps better known for her continued work with Armani Exchange. Goulart is a classic cover girl, appearing on covers for Vogue Brazil, Marie Claire and GQ Mexico. She has appeared in Sports Illustrated and is one of the most successful models in the world - ranking in the top 20 biggest earners. Fluent in three languages, she has also appeared in Two and A Half Men and Entourage. Perhaps most notably to millennials, she has an ongoing joke romance with TV show host Conan O'Brien, with the pair flirtatiously playing on a mutual attraction over her many appearances on the show. Teased for being too skinny growing up, her classmates called her a "giraffe", we can bet they're no longer laughing! She is now dating German football player Kevin Trapp, but there's hope yet - as she once quipped to Conan, "In Brazil we have a saying—You're married, but you're not dead." She also has some of the craziest abs we've ever seen.
7 Lisalla Montenegro
Lisalla Montenegro may be a new mom but she's still as hot as ever. Married to Anaheim pitcher C.J. Wilson, the pair recently had a baby girl. Lisalla likes to keep fit, doing daily three hour workouts in order to keep looking her best (who said modelling was easy?). She likes to live life fast and has a passion for sports and fast cars. She credits the deliciousness and allure of the Brazilian diets for the high-quality butts the nation produces, though she often worries when she's back at home that she's breaking too much with her diet. She is super obsessed with Game of Thrones, and is even considering getting a dragon tattoo on her back because she loves them so much. So Lisalla is not only one of the hottest models we've ever seen, she seems like a really fun and bright girl. We're not surprised C.J. Wilson wanted to marry her, she's a real catch!
6 Gisele Bündchen
Maybe the most famous model in the whole world, Gisele Bündchen has helped put Brazil on the modeling map. Now married to Tom Brady, she has reached next level celebrity status and is among the highest paid women in the whole of the entertainment industry. Considered by some to be the only true supermodel in the industry today, she has a lot to live up to. Even now in her late 30s, Gisele Bündchen is without a doubt one of the hottest women in the entire world, and we have no reason to believe she won't hold onto that mantle for years to come. Beyond her work as a model, she is also a big philanthropist, devoting time and money to a variety of charitable organizations. Voted repeatedly among the most beautiful women in the world, she is also one of the most requested celebrities by clients of plastic surgeons - in particular, those looking to have the "perfect" breasts. Luckily for us, she's also slowly transitioning to acting - and while she's not the best out there, she's more than good enough. We're excited for what the future holds for Gisele.
5 Ana Beatriz Barros
We like to think of Ana Beatriz Barros as a kind of Queen of the Swimsuits. Having appeared numerous times in Sports Illustrated, she has also been the face of a number of international brands including Guess, Chanel, Victoria's Secret and Jennifer Lopez' fashion line. Lopez even personally selected Ana to be the icon for the lingerie portion of her burgeoning fashion empire - no small honor! This trilingual beauty has been keeping our attention for over a decade now and she has no sign of slowing down anytime soon. The model recently married Greek millionaire Karim El Chiaty, at what was maybe one of the sexiest weddings of all time: the guest list brimmed with Supermodels from across the world, including Alessandra Ambrosio, Adriana Lima, Isabeli Fontana and Fernanda Motta. There are very few things we wouldn't give to somehow be a part of that elite wedding party.
4 Raica Oliveira
Among the first faces of Brazilian modeling to hit the international scene, Raica Oliveira was discovered by the same agent who brought the world Gisele Bündchen. This brunette beauty has been capturing our hearts and lusts for over a decade now, and we can't see ourselves slowing down anytime soon. Raica is also incredibly bright, speaking five languages. She hopes to one-day study philosophy, once her modeling career dies down a little. She has also worked as a reporter, covering fashion events for Portuguese language publications. Raica is also an animal lover and has had up to eight pet dogs at a time. She is also a lifelong vegetarian, claiming to not have an urge to eat meat. She has a number of tattoos and unlike some models, is not afraid to show it off on the runway. Raica has a truly timeless beauty and may very well be the ultimate dream girl.
3 Jeísa Chiminazzo
Jeísa Chiminazzo began her modelling career in Brazil before she relocated to New York where her career really took off. Soon she was working with some of the most high profile magazines around the world, including Elle and Marie-Claire. She has even appeared on the cover of Paris Vogue, one of the biggest honors in all of the fashion world. One of the most successful runway models as well, she has walked the runways all over the world for most of the biggest brands out there. Like many models on this list, she has also walked with Victoria's Secret on a number of occasions, which is never a bad thing! We have to agree with the people who list her as having one of the best bodies in the entire business and we love her smoldering stare.
2 Isabeli Fontana
One of the most famous models in the world, Isabeli Fontana has appeared as a model for nearly all the major fashion brands. She stepped into the spotlight when she was just sixteen years old for a controversial spread in Victoria's Secret, which ultimately helped catapult her to international success. One of the highest earning models in the world according to Forbes magazine, she has found tremendous success as one of the most beautiful women in the entire world. Her blue eyes with her olive complexion and dark hair are beyond words, and she has one of the most incredible bodies we have ever seen. Nearly fifteen years into her career, she is still a regular cover girl - no small honor in such a youth-centric and fickle industry!
1 Adriana Lima
If Shakespeare were alive today, we have little doubt that he would have a volume of sonnets written just in the spirit of capturing one ounce of Adriana Lima's attention. Even among the most beautiful models of Brazil, Adriana Lima has that extra little push. She seems to stand out among the best of the best and is still at the top of her career. She has been among the top-earning models in the world according to Forbes for years, placing her best in 2015, at second place. Her 2008 Victoria's Secret ad was the single most watched ad in the game, garnering her the biggest stage she's ever been on. Along with modeling, she has pursued acting as well, appearing on TV shows like Ugly Betty and How I Met Your Mother. She is one of the most high-profile Angels as well, and has had the honor of wearing the coveted million dollar fantasy bra on a number of occasions.