The most beautiful and famous models come from all four corners of the earth, although the country of Brazil seems to have a disproportionate number of hugely successful high-fashion models, several of whom have been or are currently also Victoria's Secret models. What is it about Brazilian women that's so damn sexy? They're simply exotic in a way that most women are not, and part of that can probably be chalked up to their culture and way of life.
Tropical Brazil is the birthplace of Carnivale, samba music, and the Copacabana and is known for its topless beaches and soccer stars. One of the country's most prominent models, Ana Beatriz Barros, says of her home, "It is a sexy country. We are very free with our bodies... Americans are shy about the body."
It's a vivacious culture of beaches, waterfalls, jungles, and cities, and the people there love to be outside, dancing and partying. It's an exotic place any way you slice it, and the women of Brazil are the most exotic of all. Check out this list of 15 famous supermodels who come from Brazil; they definitely prove that their country has the world's hottest and most exotic women!
15 Lais Ribeiro
Unlike many of her fellow models on this list, Lais Ribeiro didn't begin modeling until her late teens/early twenties. In fact, she had already had a child when her friend mentioned that she thought Lais should become a model. Lais took her advice, and now, she's probably very glad that she did because she's a world-famous supermodel and Victoria's Secret Angel. The 27-year-old was the most booked runway model in 2011 for Brazil's spring and summer collections, with 27 shows during Sao Paolo Fashion Week and 26 shows during Rio Fashion Week. She says, "Brazilian women are happy with ourselves, no matter what shape we are." Now Lais is the mother to a nine-year-old and is dating a man named Jared Homan.
14 Adriana Lima
Thanks to her supermodel status as one of the Victoria's Secret Angels, Brazilian beauty Adriana Lima is one of the most well-known models from her country around the world. In fact, she's Victoria's Secret's longest-running model, as she's been an Angel since 1999, and this year, she was named "the most valuable Victoria's Secret Angel 2017." Lima was born in Salvador, Brazil in 1981, identifies as Afro-Brazilian, and says she's of Indigenous, Swiss, African, Japanese, and West Indian ancestries. Well, no matter her heritage, she's gorgeous, and it's easy to see why the world's greatest lingerie and swimsuit company has kept her around for nearly two decades! But she has brains, too! She speaks four languages (Portuguese, English, Italian, and Spanish), as well as has a good heart, as she does charitable work with an orphanage in Brazil.
13 Alessandra Ambrosio
Another foreign model who's become familiar in North America is Alessandra Ambrosio, also a Victoria's Secret Angel from Brazil. She was the first-ever spokesmodel for the Victoria's Secret PINK line. Alessandra started modeling classes when she was just 12 years old, and it appears that she found her calling at that time because the rest was history! However, as beautiful as she is, there was one thing that always bothered Alessandra about her appearance, and that's her large ears. So, at the age of 11, she had her ears surgically pinned back, although due to complications, she says she would never have plastic surgery done again or recommend it to anyone. She's been in a romantic relationship with Jamie Mazur since 2005, and together, they have two children named Anja and Noah.
12 Aline Nakashima
Aline Nakashima doesn't sound like a Brazilian name, and that's because it's not. Her father is Japanese-Brazilian, and her mother is Portuguese, so Aline got the best of all worlds in terms of how her ethnicity affected her looks. She was discovered at the age of 17 at a modeling audition in her native Brazil. She made two appearances in the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Edition and has modeled for countless other big names, such as Armani, DKNY, GAP, Mercedes-Benz, Sephora, Nordstrom, Ralph Lauren, Saks Fifth Avenue, Victoria's Secret, and many more.
11 Ana Beatriz Barros
Victoria's Secret sure has a thing for the Brazilian bombshells. Ana Beatriz Barros is just one more, and she's also modeled for several other famous brands. The 35-year-old is married to the Greek-Egyptian millionaire Karim El Chiaty, and just last month, the couple announced that Ana is pregnant with their first child. One of the top Brazilian models in the world, Ana began her career at just 14 years old when she was noticed by a director of the model management company Elite. Ana's best friend is fellow Brazilian and model Alessandra Ambrosio, whom she worked with in her first major campaign, which was for Guess. Ana says, "I want to go back to Brazil, get married, have lots of kids, and just be a couch tomato."
10 Gisele Bundchen
Gisele Bundchen has been one of the highest-paid models in the world since 2004, and she's well known worldwide for her modeling career and sometimes, for less professional things (like her relationship with Leonardo DiCaprio and marriage to Tom Brady). Interestingly, the only person to have been on more magazine covers in the world than Gisele was Princess Diana; I'll bet those 42 agents who rejected her when she was 17 are regretting not having given her a chance! But despite her fame and fortune, Gisele remains a private person. She says, "I'm a very private person. I like staying home and doing my stuff. I hate people invading on my privacy. I hate talking about my private life. You almost feel like they're invading your space, you know? I really hate that. I think that's very disrespectful and I think they should have a law against that."
9 Isabeli Fontana
Supermodel Isabeli Fontana was discovered when she was 13 years old in her hometown of Curitiba, Brazil. Back then, she says she had no idea what being a model even was. She says, "I was the girl skateboarding with the boys. I came from a fairly traditional family where fashion wasn’t something anyone considered, but my parents were open to it if that was how I wanted to make a living.” In an interview with Maxim, she said the fashion industry is a tough world and that as a young model starting out, she felt "like a human doll." She complained, "You stick your hands out and someone dresses you. There were times I hated it -- it was work, but I felt like nothing." Now 33, Isabeli lives with her children in Sao Paolo, Brazil.
8 Annalu Cardoso
You may have heard of Brazilian model Annalu Cardoso for more than just her modeling career; in 2016, Tyga cheated on Kylie Jenner with her! She claimed in an interview that she and the rapper hooked up whenever the youngest Kardashian/Jenner family member was out of the country. Cardoso, 24, lives in Los Angeles now, having dropped out of law school to pursue her a career in acting. Reportedly, her affair with Tyga began in December 2014 when they met on his MTV2 reality show, Kingin' With Tyga, but they ended things when he became worried that people would find out about them (and around the time Kylie turned 18).
7 Ana Hickmann
Brazil has another famous supermodel named Ana, and that would be Ana Hickmann, who once was listed in the Guinness Book of World Records for being the model with the longest legs. Her impressive and sexy legs measure 48 inches, giving her a total height of six feet and one-and-a-half inches. Sadly, as of 2002, the Guinness Book of World Records no longer lists this title. Ana speaks Portuguese, English, Italian, French, and Spanish, and she got married at the age of 16. Now mother to a three-year-old little boy, Ana was recently the victim of an attempted murder when a psychotic fan opened fire on her, her brother-in-law, and her sister-in-law at a hotel. They all survived, but the shooter was shot and killed at the scene.
6 Barbara Fialho
The beautiful Barbara Fialho is perhaps not as well known in America as some of her fellow Brazilian models (even though she, too, modeled for Victoria's Secret), but she's every bit as stunning. She has management in New York, Paris, London, Hamburg, Los Angeles, and Sydney, so she's definitely known worldwide success in her career. Having played the guitar since the age of nine (she even ended up going to Juilliard!), Barbara was also young -- just 15 -- when she realized her other passion, which was for modeling. So, she moved out of her small town and to Sao Paulo. Just three months later, she left the big city for New York, Milan, and Paris. Not much is known about Barbara's personal life, but we do know this 29-year-old isn't married and thus far has no children.
5 Bruna Abdullah
Reading Bruna Abdullah's name, one would instinctively think she was Middle Eastern, but in fact, she's Brazilian. Her father's of Lebanese descent, and her mother's of Italian and Portuguese ancestry. Bruna's a model and actress now working in India, which she calls home. She first went to India as a tourist to explore a new country, but as fate would have it, she found a good agency there and now lives and works in Mumbai. She's also a Bollywood actress and is active in the fashion world. There was recently a topless photo scandal involving Bruna, although the photos were taken professionally. Still, people went nuts over them and the bold photo shoot went viral.
4 Fabiana Semprebom
Next up is Fabiana Semprebom, who was discovered without even trying to be when she was walking through a local mall and an agent from Sao Paolo took notice of her. He convinced her that with unique looks like hers (she definitely doesn't embody the traditional idea of what a girl from Brazil would look like, especially with her fair skin color), she could one day be a supermodel. It sounds like a load of bull, but as it turned out, he was right! She became famous for her campaigns with designers like Dolce and Gabbana, and (who else?) Victoria's Secret. Fabiana is currently based in Europe but travels home to Brazil as much as she can to spend time with her family and friends.
3 Gianne Albertoni
Besides being a high fashion model, Gianne Albertoni is also an actress, and she has a rather extensive repertoire, including several big Brazilian movies and television shows. In one of her movies, called Cristal, she actually played a model who was envious of the other models. Speaking about this kind of jealousy in the fashion and modeling world, Gianne said, "Of course, nobody prays for you to break a leg, but there is envy in the fashion world." Gianne mustn't realize that in English, to wish that someone "breaks a leg" is actually a good thing. Gianne, who stands at an impressive 5 feet, 11 inches tall, currently resides in the United Kingdom.
2 Izabel Goulart
Brazilian bombshell Izabel Goulart is 32. Not yet old enough to be a cougar, she's dating a man six years younger, 26-year-old soccer player Kevin Trapp. The two have been an item since 2015 and always seem to look picture-perfect together. Born Maria Izabel Goulart Dourado, Goulart grew up with four brothers and one sister. When she was 14, she was out grocery shopping with her mother when a hairstylist suggested she should become a model. So just like that, she moved to Sao Paolo and started modeling. Soon after she moved to France, she wound up being one of her country's most famous models. She says, "Modeling has given me the opportunity to travel outside of Brazil and see the world. I have been meeting many interesting and talented people along the way."
1 Yasmin Brunet
Yasmin Brunet is an actress and model hailing from Brazil and the daughter of another Brazilian model, Luiza Brunet, who's a two-time cover model for Brazil's Playboy. Obviously, the apple doesn't fall far from the tree in terms of beauty and model talent in this family. Born Yasmin Brunet Fernandez in Rio de Janeiro Brazil, the now 29-year-old model is probably most well known for appearing in the Sports Illustrated: Swimsuit Edition. Her childhood dream was not to be a model at all but to be in a band as the lead singer. Unfortunately, according to her, her "terrible voice" made that impossible, so in her teens, she began modeling. Now, she's enjoying much success as a model, but her favorite thing to do is go to topless beaches in her home country -- if you see her there, you'll notice she has both nipples pierced but wears a ring in only one of them.
Sources: imdb.com, maxim.com
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