Brazilian-born beauty Angel Adriana Lima is one of the world's most celebrated supermodels and is best known as a Victoria's Secret Angel.
Despite her stunning good looks, Lima claims she never consider a career as a model. A friend of hers at school wanted to enter a modeling competition but did not want to enter alone, so Lima agreed to enter with her. A few weeks later the contest sponsor asked Lima to be a contestant. When Lima was 15 years old she finished first in Ford's Supermodel of Brazil competition and the following year she took second place in Ford's Supermodel of the World competition. Three years later, she signed on with Elite Model Management in New York City.
Lima has modeled in a number of international magazines, such as Vogue, Elle, GQ and Harper's Bazaar, and has walked the catwalks for a range of designers from Vera Wang to Valentino. She worked as a spokesmodel for Maybelline from 2003 to 2009. In 2011, she signed a deals to be spokeswoman of Megacity by Votsu, a Brazilian social gaming company.
The 30-year old supermodel has also modeled for Victoria's Secret since 1999 and has worked as an Angel for the brand since 2000. Lima has appeared on several television ads for the lingerie company and has walked in all of the Victoria's Secret fashion shows. She opened the Victoria's Secret shows in 2003, 2007, 2008 and 2010. Lima was ranked the fifth highest paid supermodel in 2006 and ranked the fourth highest paid supermodel by Forbes Magazine in 2007 and 2008.
Lima came under fire recently when she openly discussed her diet and workout plan in the months prior to a Victoria's Secret fashion show. She told the Telegraph that she will work out with a personal trainer months before the show and commits to twice-a-day workouts three weeks leading up to the show. Lima also said that starting nine days before the show she will not eat any solid food, opting instead for protein shakes and water. Her nutritionist prescribes her the shakes, comprised of powdered egg, which she drinks daily along with a gallon of water per day. Within 12 hours before her debut in the show, Lima abstains from drinking water all together.
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No liquids at all so you dry out, sometimes you can lose up to eight pounds just from that, she told the Telegraph.
Despite the dangers of her rigid diet plan, Lima insists that her comments in the Telegraph were mistaken, as she gnawed on coffee and a piece of cake during the second interview.