Adriana Lima is a Brazilian model known as the longest-running Victoria's Secret model. She was named "the most valuable Victoria's Secret Angel" in 2017.

Lima worked as a Victoria's Secret Angel from 1999 to 2018. Apart from that, she is known for her SuperBowl and Kia Motors commercials. She is also the spokesmodel for Maybelline cosmetics since 2003. Also, she is ranked as one of the "New Supers" by

At age 15, Adriana won Ford's "Supermodel of Brazil" competition, which was her first exposure to the industry. The following year, she finished second in the Ford "Supermodel of the World" competition.

The supermodel is currently an IWC, Puma, Maybelline, and Chopard ambassador. In addition, she has served as a brand ambassador for the ready-to-wear collection of Italian brand Sportmax, the clothing brand Desigual based in Barcelona, the Beachwear collection of Italian brand Calzedonia, and many more.

Quick Facts

Full Name Adriana Lima
Date of Birth 12 June 1981 (age 41)
Place of Birth Salvador, Bahia, Brazil
Nationality Brazilian
Spouse Marko Jarić ​ ​(m. 2009; div. 2016)
Children Two
Parents Nelson Torres And Maria Da Graça Lima
Occupation Model, Actress


Who Are Adriana Lima's Parents?

Adriana Lima was born to Nelson Torres And Maria Da Graça Lima in Salvador, Bahia, Brazil, on 12 June 1981. 

Her father, Nelson, is a carpenter, and her mother, Maria, is a social worker. She is the only child of her parents, as Nelson left the family when Adriana was just six months old.

As a result, she was raised by her mother alone and used her mother's surname Lima instead of her father's. Maria raised her little daughter in the Castelo Branco neighborhood of Salvador.


As a child, Lima wanted to be a pediatrician. She never considered modeling, but a friend at school persuaded her to enter a modeling contest with her. During elementary school, however, Lima won many beauty pageants.

After finishing second in the Ford "Supermodel of the World" competition, Lima moved to New York to pursue a career in modeling and signed with Elite Model Management.

Adrian Lima's Father, Nelson Torres, And Mother, Maria Da Graça Lima

After Adriana Lima's father, Nelson left her and her mother just months after her birth, he did not return to the Lima family.

Some sources claim that Nelson came and met his daughter some years after her rise to superstardom. But their relationship did not change as he left his wife and infant daughter alone without any support.

However, Adriana's mother, Maria, is the rock by her side. Not only did she raise her small daughter on her own, but she also gave proper education and all the love and support to her daughter. 

Working as a social media worker, Maria raised her only daughter and made her be world's top model. 

Adriana Lima Ethnicity, Nationality, And Religion

Adriana Lima is of mixed ethnicity. She has Portuguese, Native Brazilian, African, Japanese, Swiss, and West Indian descent. However, she identifies herself to be an Afro-Brazilian.

Lima is a Brazilian by nationality. However, she has resided in the United States more than in her home country. Her career as a supermodel made her a popular figure in the US. She lives in Miami, Florida, with her partner, Andre Lemmers. She previously owned an apartment in New York City. 


The 41-year-old is a devout Roman Catholic and attends Mass every Sunday. She agrees with the Church's teaching and denounces abortion as a crime. She is known to bring a copy of the Bible with her backstage at fashion events.

Before becoming a Victoria's Secret Angel, Lima wanted to be a nun. She often mentions and pays tribute to Yemanjá, a water spirit from the Yoruba religion. In 2013, Lima became the first visibly pregnant woman featured in the Pirelli calendar.

Adriana Lima Married Life And Partner 

Adriana Lima is currently in a romantic relationship with Andre Lemmers, a film producer. The couple started dating in 2021 and is expecting a child together. Lima shared an ultrasound in February 2022 and wrote that her baby is "coming fall 2022."

From 2001 to 2003, Lima was in a love relationship with American singer Lenny Kravitz. His single, "Yesterday Is Gone (My Dear Kay)" featured the supermodel.


After the breakup, Lima focused on her career before marrying Serbian NBA player Marko Jarić in Jackson Hole, Wyoming, on 14 February 2009. The couple has two daughters. However, they separated on 2 May 2014 and divorced in March 2016.

Adriana Lima is on Instagram as @adrianalima and has 14.8 million followers.