Adriana Lima is a Brazilian model and actress, best known as a Victoria's Secret Angel since 1999 (being their longest-running model and named "the most valuable Victoria's Secret Angel" in 2017), as a spokesmodel for Maybelline cosmetics since 2003 and for her Super Bowl and Kia Motors commercials. At the age of 15, Lima won Ford's "Supermodel of Brazil" competition, and took second place the following year in the Ford "Supermodel of the World" competition before signing with Elite Model Management in New York City.
Lima is currently ranked by Models.com as one of the New Supers in the fashion industry. Since 2014, Lima has been the world's second highest-paid model. In 2012, she came in 4th on the Forbes top-earning models list, estimated to have earned $7.3 million in one year. In 2013, she came in 3rd place and in 2014 she came in 2nd place with earnings of $8 million. In 2015, she came in 2nd place with earnings of $9 million. In 2016, she kept the 2nd place with earnings of $10.5 million.
Lima is the current brand ambassador for the Barcelona-based clothing brand Desigual, for the Beachwear collection of Italian brand Calzedonia, and for the ready-to-wear collection of Italian brand Sportmax.
What are your secrets for maintaining such clear, glowy skin? How has your skincare routine evolved since your pre-modeling days?
For glowy skin products, I love a good highlighter. Growing up in Brazil, it was always very hot and sunny, but like I said before, sun protection wasn't always an important habit of mine. But now, I make it a priority to take care of my skin by wearing sunscreen and keeping my skin moisturized. I also keep it very simple. Less is more when it comes to makeup, because it's important to let your skin breathe.
What is your current philosophy when it comes to nutrition and dieting? How has your attitude toward food evolved over time?
I'm all about portion control. I try to be better about eating small portions every few hours throughout the day, and proteins found in veggies instead of meat. It's easy to eat what you like when you're younger and then just work out a little, and it all falls off. After two kids, I have to make sure I'm balancing healthy eating habits and exercise.
What's your workout routine of choice this summer? How does your current workout routine compare to when you first started modeling?
I'm a boxer. I've been doing it for over 10 years, and it really is my workout of choice. My gym is gritty and hot and no-frills, and I just go in and focus on working hard. My workouts were few and far between before. I might have worked out a few times per week, but now, I'm all about a good sweat.
If you could give your 18-year-old self a piece of beauty advice, what would it be? If you could give our 18-something readers a piece of beauty advice, what would it be?
I haven't changed my mind-set too much in the beauty sense since I was 18-it's important to take care of yourself, and the best way to do that in beauty is with the mind-set of less is more, and to keep it simple. That would be my best advice to my younger self and the younger readers here.