- Nationality: Brazilian
- Birth Date: June 12, 1981
- Lives Now: New York
- Married: Marko Jaric
- Interests: Charity work for an orphanage in her hometown, Reading novels
Adriana Francesca Lima (born June 12, 1981 in Salvador, Bahia, Brazil) is a Brazilian supermodel, best known for her work with Victoria’s Secret. Adriana Lima is currently the 3rd highest paid model in the world behind Gisele Bundchen and Kate Moss. Adriana Lima is represented by DNA NY in the United States, Lumiere Models in Brazil and VIVA Models in Europe.
Adriana Lima was discovered when at the age of 15, she finished in first place in a Ford Supermodel of Brazil model search. This got her a ticket to the 1996 Ford Supermodel of the World contest. She didn’t win and placed second, but it still got her noticed. Shortly after, Adriana Lima moved to New York City, and eventually moved on from Ford, signing with Elite Model Management. Her early career consisted mostly of fashion editorial work (with early appearances in international editions of Vogue and Marie Claire in 1997/1998), as well as runway work (Christian Lacroix, Valentino, and others). Adriana Lima’s first big break came when she was featured in a Vassarette billboard in Times Square. Her print career followed, and like many other famous names (Claudia Schiffer, Laetitia Casta, Eva Herzigova), Lima became a GUESS? Girl in their 2000 campaign.
In 2001, Adriana Lima starred in the short BMW Film The Follow alongside actors Mickey Rourke, Clive Owen, and Forest Whitaker. In the film, Owen’s character is hired to follow Lima’s, who is suspected of cheating on her famous husband, played by Rourke. The film had a runtime of 8:47 including credits, was written by Andrew Kevin Walker, and directed by Wong Kar-Wai. Lima made it clear that acting is not her priority and that Adriana Lima only did The Follow because it was a short film.
Adriana Lima, a Roman Catholic, was born an only child. She has has been romantically linked to celebrities in this past, including an engagement with rocker Lenny Kravitz and a relationship with Major League Baseball player Derek Jeter. She is currently known to be dating Prince Wenzeslaus of Liechtenstein. This relationship has been a relatively “hot” topic for the society spy columns and celebrity watchers, specifically Page 6, New York Post and Hola! online magazine.
She gained a massive amount of fame in Italy after her mega contract with the Italian cellphone carrier Telecom Italia Mobile grew very popular. In total it earned her 6 million dollars and she has said she’s not able to walk down the street in Italy.
- Nationality: Israeli
- Birth Date: June 4, 1985
- Lives Now: New York, NY
- Dated: Leonardo DiCaprio (since 2006), David Charvet, Kelly Slater
- official: Bar Refaeli
A little known name until she began dating one of Hollywood’s hotties, Leonardo DiCaprio, Bar Refaeli, was born on June 4th 1985 in the countryside of Israel where her parents, Israeli Jews, had a horse ranch. Her mother, Tsipi Refaeli, encouraged Bar to model right from the age of eight months old when she appeared in commercials even before she could talk, never mind grace a catwalk with her sultry moves.
Although born in Israel Bar Refaeli speaks both English and Hebrew and travels the world in her capacity as a supermodel.
During her modeling career she has become known as a photographic model and has appeared in fashion catalogues, among them “Castro”, “Pilpel”, and also starred in a commercial for the product called “Milki”.
In 2000 and again in 2001 BBar Refaeli won the title “Model of the year” in a beauty contest in.
Bar Refaeli is the first Israeli model ever to be featured in Sports Illustrated magazine and she is in good company with Elle MacPherson, Kathy Ireland and Heidi Klum.
In recent months Bar Refaeli has been tipped to be in the Victoria’s Secret catalog for 2007 following in the footsteps of Victoria Silvestedt and Tyra Banks. In March 2006 she appeared on the cover of GQ Magazine in Italy.
With her light blonde hair, her blue eyes and her Twiggy-like figure, Bar Refaeli seems to have beguiled one of Hollywood’s most eligible bachelors, Leonardo DiCaprio, to such an extent that he recently visited her at her parent’s home in the upscale suburb of Tel Aviv, Hod Hasharon.
After his split with another supermodel, Gisele Bundchen, Leonardo DiCaprio, who sprang to fame in Titanic with Kate Winslet, was up for grabs and the beautiful Israeli model was in the right place at the right time when the couple met at a party in Las Vegas.
In 2007, Bar Refaeli became a source of controversy when it became known that she had evaded military service, mandatory for Israeli citizens over 18-years-old, by marrying a family acquaintance and divorcing him soon after. Refaeli stated in an interview with Yedioth Ahronoth, “I really wanted to serve in the IDF. But I don’t regret not enlisting, because it paid off big-time,” further adding, “Why is it good to die for our country? What, isn’t it better to live in New York?” Bar Refaeli has since said the interview didn’t accurately reflect her statements and threatened to file a lawsuit for libel.