Adriana Lima is one of the most beautiful women in the world, and she’s also one of the most famous Victoria’s Secrets Angels out there. If you’re in the habit of watching the annual Victoria’s Secret fashion show, then you probably already know who Adriana Lima is. She's also been the face of Marc Jacobs's fragrance, Decadence, and those ads have been quite steamy. She's one of the highest-paid models in the industry, and she's booked all the time. You may not be aware that she’s one of the models that have worked with VS the longest -- almost 17 years now -- and that’s no small feat. Many models come and go in VS, and only the truly special ones get to stay.
Lima is a single child in her family although her mother did want more children, and you might be surprised to find out that Lima never wanted to be a model in the first place. Her mother had put her into a few pageants as she was growing up, but the interest really wasn’t there. It’s hard to pass up a gig like that; however, because she was born so beautiful, she thought she would give it a shot, and we think she probably doesn’t have many regrets about the whole thing. Surprisingly enough, Lima was a virgin until she was 27 years old, which is no easy feat these days. Stay tuned for some photos that prove that Lima is hot as hell!
15 Dressed in Black
With a pose like this, there's no doubt in anyone’s mind that Lima is one hot cookie! She’s dressed in black lingerie with some seriously killer black heels. Lima has made a career not only from that body of hers but also from those big eyes and pouty lips. She has the kind of face that women run to plastic surgeons to get. This hottie actually wanted to be a nun when she grew up, which may also explain why she stayed a virgin for so long. That was what she dreamed of being before modeling ever came into the picture. It would have been a shocking turn of events, and she would've made quite a stunning woman in a habit. It’s hard to believe that someone with a background like that would find herself in modeling due to the fact that such women quite often bare a lot of skin for all the world to see. How did she wrap her head around that one?
14 Instagram Love
This is probably the best picture we've ever seen of Lima. It’s a casual shot from her Instagram account, but it’s beyond stunning. She's dressed in black lingerie, and her hair is long and loose, but she looks incredible. She has some serious cleavage, and damn those eyes! She's a stunner and one model that's well respected in the industry. It might be hard to believe that designers in the industry are just like the rest of us, but it’s true. You may think that people in the fashion industry are just rich snobs, but it’s just not true. “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.”
13 Plunging Neckline
What a neckline! We just can’t get enough of this top and the beautiful images that it provides us. It flows easily and hugs her awesome curves. She has straight black hair that falls on her bare shoulders. She couldn’t be more gorgeous in this picture, and we're thankful for Instagram. With most models, there's usually some insecurity involved. You would think someone as beautiful as Lima wouldn’t have an issue with that. But when she got involved with modeling, she thought that she was too skinny. When it came time for her to get into bathing suits, it made her uncomfortable at first. “I used to be very shy. When I first started, I had to go to a casting, and I had to go in a bikini. I thought I was too skinny. But I went in and got the job! And that's how I started.”
12 On the Beach
This blue bikini really brings out Lima’s striking eyes. She's spent many years in the industry wearing as little as possible. That’s the life of a VS model; that’s for sure. We certainly aren’t complaining. She has a toned body and a bust that has brought tears to many men’s eyes. She could be the perfect woman. Many people believe that the modeling industry is very much like the movie Mean Girls -- a bunch of beautiful but catty women who want to tear each other down. It may be true in some cases, but Lima is close to many models. Lima has said before, “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.”
11 A Girl That Squats
What a great picture, and yes, it’s sexy as hell. She's tossing us a gaze from over her shoulder that totally drives us crazy. That bottom is one that's sure to have been made in a gym, and she’s showing it off perfectly in some lace panties. She's a girl that just seems unattainably hot at all times, and we just can’t get enough of her. It’s not hard to see why Lima became such a success in the industry. She’s always had that attitude that believes anything is possible if you just believe in yourself. We couldn’t agree more. “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.” Being a model isn’t just about having a nice body and a pretty face; you have to be confident as a woman as well.
10 Seductive Gaze
We love this pose because it’s all about seductiveness. Lima is one powerhouse model that we can’t get enough of. Just look at those insanely blue eyes that just draw you in, begging for more. She’s completely covered, and yet, it’s one of the sexiest pictures of Lima out there. How can you not love this model? Lima was born in Salvador, Brazil, and when she came to America, she didn’t speak English very well, which made doing interviews very difficult. She often worried that she would sound foolish when she was asked to speak about her profession. She stumbled through interviews, but that didn’t stop her from becoming one of the most successful models in the industry. “I was so embarrassed about mispronouncing words. I just knew how to smile.” She wanted the world to know that she was more than a pretty face, but she struggled for the first few years in the industry.
9 Sweater Love
Even wearing a sweater, Lima can manage to look insanely hot. She doesn’t need to bare it all to achieve true hottie status. She's been in the industry for a long time -- almost twenty years with VS alone. She's modeled countless bathing suits and lingerie, and that seems to be her bread and butter. But as you can see with this picture, even in clothing, she's hot. Having huge celebrity status has its drawbacks, though, and Lima has always felt like she's missed out on something by becoming a model. “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.” That’s the case as well with a lot of young actresses who start off in the industry as child stars.
8 A Little Bit of Lace
A stunning picture of Lima in a pose that’s just a little bit scandalous. How would you like to wake up to a woman who looks like that? A dream for many, but it doesn’t hurt to dream, does it? She's made her mark in the industry because of poses like this one -- that face just doesn’t get more beautiful. She arrived in America alone as a teenager, and it must have been terrifying for her. This is what she had to say about arriving in America so young: “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.” Kudos to her because many girls would have been terrified to do the very same thing.
7 Leather and Lace
A lacy see-through bra and a black leather jacket? What more could you want from a chick that’s all about style? Her hair is pulled up in this picture, showing off her sexy neck. And there's that seductive gaze again. We can’t say which is more stunning -- the face or the body. She's a true work of art. When you look at Lima’s pictures, there's a life behind those eyes. It’s not just a girl posing for a picture. She’s a true professional who believes you have to bring energy into any picture to truly make it unique. “Fashion is about good energy. It's about feelings. That's what I have to give the people, good energy and good feelings.” We couldn’t agree more, and it’s obvious in this picture. Her eyes and her mouth both tell a singular story, and it’s one that we're listening very intently to.
6 Red Hot
Lima is all dolled up in this amazing VS getup for a fashion show. VS has one of the most creative fashion shows around because they're truly proud of their Angels. I love the pink panties that go well with the laced up boots. Talk about sexy! It’s one fashion show you would regret missing for sure. Lima may have had some confusion growing up about what she really wanted to be. Aside from thinking about being a nun, she also considered a career in medicine. She was quite specific about that dream, but she may have wanted to think about a career in medicine that didn’t involve children. “I want to be a child doctor. A pediatry... how do you call it, pediatrician? Do I like kids? No, not really.” Probably not the best idea to be a pediatrician if you don’t like children.
5 The Red Carpet Look
Whether she’s baring it all or dressed to the nines, there's no doubt that Lima is one gorgeous woman. She's wearing a sequined red form-fitting dress that makes women all over drip with envy and guys jaws drop. It doesn’t matter what this girl is wearing; she looks incredible. Her hair is simply sleek and left down, and it’s the perfect complement to her dress. When it comes to dating, Lima is interested in a gentleman, someone that isn’t just kind toward her but to everyone around him. “A man needs to be polite, not just to me but to everyone. I watch that. How does he treat the waiter? How does he treat the coat-check girl? How does he treat the driver?” It says a lot about a man’s character when you see how he treats people who serve him.
4 The Little Black Dress
Another seductive pose that shows off the skills of this highly sought-after supermodel. We can’t get enough of how gorgeous this girl is in just about anything. Everyone loves a little black dress, and this one hugs Lima’s curves in all the right ways. When Lima was a child, she actually hated having her picture taken, which is pretty funny since she's now made a career out of getting her picture taken. In 2008, during Super Bowl XLII, there was a Victoria’s Secret ad that featured Lima, and it was one of the most seen ads of the game. When it aired, it was watched by over 103 million viewers. Lima has received great advice from veteran models over the years: “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.”
3 The Vision
Lima is a stunner in this see-through lace teddy. When it comes to lingerie, she's a Queen at making guys drool. This is a picture that proves that she's a hottie in any piece of clothing. We love that her hair is straight and flawless in this picture, and there's that look we just die over. This girl loves going to the gym, and it’s not just about running the treadmill either. She loves a workout that provides a challenge for her. She’s actually taken on boxing as part of her workout routine. “I love challenges, I love 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.” Who says that girls can’t have as much fun in the gym as guys do?
2 Bright as the Sun
A great picture of Lima laying out in the sun just soaking up those rays. She's a beauty, and this outfit not only showcases that but also shows off her serious assets. A stunning lace dress with some killer boots -- this girl is definitely rocking some style. When it comes to technology, Lima believes in being polite at all times, which can be hard in these times when texting has become a common means of communication. “If you're having dinner with friends and they're always on the phone or always texting, it's just impolite. Unless it's something important -- like someone is in the hospital or something -- don't do it.” We couldn’t agree more, but we find it hard to believe that anyone can avoid paying attention to Lima at all times. Her face being like that, how can you?
1 The Chair Stretch
Any supermodel sitting in a chair is sure to draw some attention. This pose is so sexy and seductive it’s bound to drive men everywhere crazy. With just a bra and panties, this beauty really knows how to show off her best angles and assets. Despite her career, Lima is still a devout Roman Catholic and makes sure that she goes to mass every single Sunday. She's strict when it comes to her religion. She was raised that way in Brazil, a place where she says there are a lot of poor families and making babies seems to be the only thing that they do. “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.” That’s usually why a lot of people decide to move: to have a better life in another country.
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