Adriana Lima is one of the most famous supermodels in the world and a well-known Victoria’s Secret Angel. She got her welcome as an Angel in 2000, but she was modelling long before that. In fact, when she was only 15 years old she was named Ford’s “Supermodel of Brazil,” which is pretty awesome for such a young girl. She is, of course, a Brazilian model which is where she gets her good looks from.
She is one of the more exotic-looking models at Victoria's Secret and that’s probably why she has become one of the most popular Angels. She has the bright blue eyes and dark hair of a true Brazilian beauty. She decided to make the big move to New York City to pursue a career in modelling when she was only 16 years old. It’s similar to many stories of models who start their career quite young, hoping to become the next supermodel. She made it of course and since then she has been walking on runways all over the world and has been on numerous covers of magazines. She has truly made it to the big time.
When it comes to doing cover shoots and modelling gigs, it requires Lima to travel all over the world which is one of the many perks of being a supermodel. She’s been to many beautiful locations and we wanted to share them with you. Check out these 20 stunning destinations that Adriana Lima has travelled to for fashion shoots!
20 Barcelona, Spain
Here we have Adriana Lima supporting her favorite team while in Barcelona. She looks pretty chill in a t-shirt and jean shorts, but always looking perfectly posed as a model. She is definitely one of the highest-earning supermodels in the world, she’s been in Forbes’ list multiple times as a high-earning model. She was one of the lucky models to be able to wear the Victoria’s Secret Fantasy Bra not once, but twice. She wore one in 2008 that was worth $5 million. She wore it during one of their fashion shows and it weighed around 300 grams. The bra was made with 3,575 black diamonds, 34 rubies, 2 black diamond drops, and 117 white round diamonds. A stunning combination that looked amazing with her dark hair. It’s always an honor to be chosen to wear the Fantasy Bra.
Adriana Lima was born in Brazil, so it’s no wonder that she is there a lot. So, she was particularly honored when she had the opportunity to pose for the cover of Vogue Brazil. “I was so excited for this editorial (it's actually two separate ones)! The clothes are amazing, very sophisticated, yet daring and beautiful. Love it.” You might be surprised to find out that Lima really had no interest in modelling. She had been through a few pageants as a child and even won them when she was younger. It’s funny how fate will hand you a different path, though. Modelling has opened a lot of doors for her and has provided her with the kind of income that would allow her to pursue other ventures as well. She’s certainly been a huge success.
18 Paris, France
Most models end up in Paris at some point in their career. Paris is, of course, where the top fashion designers around the world are located. If you are a big enough supermodel, than Paris is somewhere that you are sure to go many times. Lima has walked the runway many times during fashion week. You can see Lima here with the other Victoria’s Secret Angels enjoying some chill time while in Paris. The one thing that we love about Lima is that she’s always telling people to believe in themselves and she’s proof that dreams really can come true. “Be sure what you want and be sure about yourself. Fashion is not just beauty; it's about good attitude. You have to believe in yourself and be strong.” She has really great advice, especially for those girls that want to pursue modelling as well.
17 Montenegro, Balkans
We can’t decide what is more beautiful, her or the scenery around her. Models get to travel to some of the most beautiful places in the world and that’s one reason to be jealous of her. In order to be a model, you have to be in really good shape. Lima, like so many other models, like to mix it up when it comes to her workouts, to keep things interesting. One of her favorite workouts is boxing. “I love challenges, I love the intensity, and I also like to challenge my mind. Believe it or not, boxing is not only about physical force. You use a lot of concentration; it's really mental.” She couldn’t be more right; boxing is just as much of a mental sport as it is a physical one.
16 Our Lady of the Rocks, Montenegro
This too is in Montenegro and it’s one of their beautiful landmarks. We just love Lima’s beautiful face and all the gorgeous scenery she likes to share with her fans. Many young women would be freaked out to move to another country and start a career at such a young age. But judging by some of her interviews, Lima was very mature for her age. “I'm a teenager, but I'm independent — I have my own apartment, I have my own life. And I think I have learned more than any of those teenagers have in school. I learned to be responsible, leaving my family and coming here alone.” She’s definitely never been one of those girls that came to New York and was out of control; she’s built a great career for herself in the industry. She would be a great role model for any young woman.
15 Pasadena, California
She looks like she is having a blast. This photo is all about Adriana Lima enjoying some time off while she was working in Pasadena, California. A much-needed day off was all she needed to feel the spirit of the city and we can tell just how excited she is to be there. Although she travels to many places for work, Lima is also very adamant about vacations for herself and her family. She takes a family vacation every year in August no matter what is going on in her life. We would have thought she did more than that, but she obviously travels a lot for work, so staying home might feel more like a vacation to her anyway. She is firm, though, when it comes to spending time with her family and she won’t give it up for anything.
14 Shanghai, China
What a gorgeous city Shanghai is and we can see that Adriana Lima is in good spirits as always. She was posing in a lot of photos in the Mandarin Oriental Hotel in Shanghai. It’s really hard to pick a favorite designer when there are so many of them. Being a model allows you to work with a lot of amazing designers while showcasing their work. Lima has her favorite designer and she shouts it from the rooftops. “My favorite designer is Christian Lacroix, not just because his clothes are amazing and I love them, but because he's so nice. When I did his fashion show, he was the first one to arrive there and he helped everyone.” That’s the best part of meeting a celebrity, when you realize that not only are they talented, they are really amazing humans as well.
13 Monaco, France
There she is on the French Riviera just taking in all of Monaco. The scenery is stunning, as is the model. We have to say that red outfit on her is just to die for and it’s perfect for the beautiful Lima. We know that Lima is a down-to-Earth girl, however, and she would probably be someone amazing to hang out with. Lima also has two daughters and judging by the amazing photos that she posts on Instagram all the time, those girls are going to grow up to be as beautiful as their mother. Like we said before, Lima is very strict when it comes to being with her family. It’s just as important as her career. That’s definitely something to admire.
12 Cannes, France
Lima is an absolute vision in this picture as she enjoys her time in Cannes. She posted the photo on Facebook with the funny caption, “Yes I "Cannes" get enough 360!” This photoshoot must have been a dream for her because the dress is seriously a killer on her. You might be surprised to hear that Lima hates to cry. She actually has a fear of crying. That’s actually a common trait among strong women; we just hate to be faced with a situation where we feel vulnerable. She hates crying so much that she worried herself to the point where she actually did cry. Poor girl! We have a lot of admiration for this talented model, and when it comes to putting yourself out there and giving it your all, she put in 100 per cent. We look forward to seeing how far she can go in the industry.
Greece is seriously one of the most beautiful places in the world that you can travel to. As usual, Lima looks like she is having a complete ball and this is when she’s working! Imagine what she looks like when she is having some time off. Modelling is a dream, though, for so many young women. She is an inspiration to anyone that wants to get in the industry. Lima is a very religious person; it’s important that she and her family attend church. She makes it a point to go every Sunday when she isn’t scheduled to be somewhere. She likes listening to the sermons and she often goes there to pray. She is very devoted to her religion and that is something that a lot of people lean on in times of stress. She's very proud to be religious.
10 Iguazu Falls, Brazil
All in a day’s work! We can’t believe that this is considered to be work for Adriana Lima. Talk about living the life! She is clearly in the middle of a photo shoot with photographer Jerome Duran. She may spend a lot of time in Brazil, but Japan is actually one of her favorite places to visit. When she goes there for work, she will often go out with her friends to enjoy the Japanese culture as well as the amazing food. She loves to visit sushi restaurants and dine on the delicious menu items. She’s clearly having the time of her life and isn’t that what we all should be doing when it comes to our careers? It’s important to love what you do so that your work doesn’t feel like a job. Lima has clearly found her passion and we love it.
9 London, England
We just love Adriana Lima’s eyes in this photo. Between that and the greenery behind her, it’s a pretty amazing photo. Growing up, Lima was a very shy girl. Despite the fact that she’s considered to be one of the most beautiful women in the world, she shied away from guys for the most part. She didn’t receive her first kiss until she was 17 years old. This girl is never the type to go after a guy because of how much money he has or the kind of car he drives. She can pay her own bills and buy her own car.
Talk about an amazing view! This is something that everyone should see. Lima looks completely relaxed as she looks out at the beautiful city of Singapore. Lima is known to be a girl with a big heart. We all saw that when she lost her beloved dog in 2012. She pleaded with fans at the time to help her find the dog. Despite all her efforts, however, the dog was never found. She has a good heart when it comes to the people that she works with as well. “I just think they're really insecure about themselves sometimes. I know all the girls, but we all work a lot and don't have time to hang out together. They're all really nice; I've never had a problem with any model.” We suppose that means there are no catfights on set like we are led to believe.
That's quite an outfit for the subway life. Nothing like posing in the subways of Japan. This is a photo from a shoot she did in 2013. She looks amazing in the bodysuit, though we doubt we would ever actually wear that on the subway. You may think that lingerie is no big deal and it’s there just to make women look foxy, but all women know that it provides a function and that means making sure that we are covered, literally, at all times. “Lingerie is one of the most important pieces of your wardrobe. You can have a wardrobe malfunction if you don't choose the right thing to wear underneath!” There certainly have been many wardrobe malfunctions in Hollywood. Lima knows it’s best to protect yourself from public humiliation.
6 Paris, France
There is just something about Paris that's quite magical. It’s the kind of place many people dream of going to and yet it’s a regular venture for Lima. She is one lucky girl to be able to be photographed in one of the most beautiful cities in the world. She may be living the dream life, but she also recognizes how hard she worked to get to where she is, and that meant missing out on a lot as a teenager. She wasn’t able to just hang around with her friends all day; she was out working. “I missed out on everything. Sometimes, on the street, I see teenagers hanging out and going to the movies, going to concerts, and I get so jealous.” It’s something that many of us don’t think about when we look at her life with envy. The grass is always greener.
How can you not love Italy? Especially when it comes to all the divine food. Adriana Lima had the opportunity to work with Vogue Italia and they did a black-and-white spread for the issue. When some people look at a woman as beautiful as Lima, they often make a judgment on who she is as a person. Because she's a Victoria's Secret model, people have made assumptions about how intimate she is with them. Little do they know that Lima is not as promiscuous as they might think. You might be surprised to find that Lima was a virgin until she was 27 years old. That’s something you don’t see much of these days for sure. Especially since she would have been in the industry for well over ten years at that point.
4 Miami, Florida
Miami is beautiful and it’s definitely the place to be if you want to be seen. The beaches alone are reason enough to head to Miami. Adriana Lima is very close to her family back home in Brazil, especially her mother. She is an only child, which makes their bond that much stronger. Her mother wanted to have more children but was unable to. The two are often seen together in public. Lima has stated in interviews that the women of Brazil are always having babies, it’s something she saw a lot of growing up. “If you look around Brazil, you see pregnant women everywhere. Here you don't see that as much. There, the only thing they do is babies, babies, babies! Especially the poor families.”
3 Cancun, Mexico
We love Lima's outfit and hairstyle in this photo. Cancun is easily one of the most beautiful tropical destinations in the world. Adriana Lima is looking polished and poised as she poses by the pool. Lima has the same dream that many models have who are from different countries and that’s to help others. Her goal is to help impoverished children around the world. That’s certainly no easy feat, but definitely quite humbling. She has various charities that she donates to that help children in third-world countries. It’s so important for people in powerful positions to help people who are in need, mainly because they have the power and money to do so.
2 Saint Barthelemy
We can’t get over this location and Adriana Lima looks incredible on the beach. She’s received plenty of advice from people in the industry to help her along in her career and she’s found the advice quite valuable. “I remember Tyra Banks giving me encouraging advice during my first Victoria's Secret commercial shoot. I was so nervous and she told me to just relax and be confident — that made me feel very comfortable.” Tyra Banks has certainly been in the industry for a long time and would be a great role model for people looking to model.
1 New Zealand
Another stunning location where it appears as if Lima is enjoying some fruit. We love her hair in pigtails; she looks very peaceful here. The location is Red Beach, a spot in New Zealand. The scenery around Lima is breathtaking. Lima gets all the perks of working for Victoria’s Secret including access to their amazing clothes and lingerie. There is no Victoria’s Secret in her home country, so she often brings things home to her family. “In Brazil, we don't have Victoria's Secret, and my family are all Victoria's Secret fans, so I usually bring them back some lovely pieces.” We love the fact that she is always looking out for family and it must be fun for her to bring back items that her family wouldn’t get otherwise.