It wasn’t until a friend who wanted to join a modeling competition, only not alone, convinced Adriana to join with her. The contest got her noticed, and then when she was only fifteen she won first place in the “Super Model of Brazil” contest sponsored by Ford Model agency. Soon after she was awarded second place in the company’s “Super Model of the World” competition. This convinced Adriana that she was ready to move to the modeling capital of the world, Manhattan where she signed with Elite Model Management. From there her portfolio began to grow as she picked up more print campaigns and was scheduled to walk in some of the biggest runway shows.
But what she is probably best known for is her work with Victoria’s Secret. In 2000 she got a coveted contract with the company as a Victoria’s Secret Angel launching her as the envy and inspiration of many women, and the fantasy of countless men. In 2008 Victoria’s Secret gave her the honor of wearing the “Fantasy Bra” in their runway show, a bra created by jeweler Martin Katz adorned with diamonds and precious stones worth more than $5million.
She has gone on to become the spokeswoman for several brands, such as Maybelline Cosmetics. Adriana has also had the unique privilege to be featured in more than one Super Bowl commercial airing in the same year. In 2009, Adrian Lima married her NBA boyfriend, Marko Jaric. Not only did Jaric win the honor of calling Lima his bride, but to he also became known as the man who claimed her virginity. Later that year they welcomed their first daughter, and then in March of 2012 they announced they were expecting their second child.
Life is good for the Brazilian born super model. She has an adoring husband, one beautiful child and another on the way, and an enviable modeling career. The fact that in 2005 she was listed as one of the best paid celebrities under 25 by Forbes Magazine doesn’t hurt either. Today she has accumulated approximately $35million.