Adriana Lima is a world-renowned supermodel, known best for gracing the runways as a Victoria’s Secret Angel, and being a spokesmodel for Maybelline Cosmetics. What most people don’t know about the 33-year old beauty is that she is multiracial, having Caribbean, French, Japanese, Portuguese, Native American and African heritage.
Lima, entered the industry in the late 90’s and has been a top supermodel ever since. She’s been a Maybelline Contract face from 2003-2009 and a Victoria’s Secret Angel since 2000. Adriana married Serbian basketball player Marko Jaric in early 2009 and gave birth to two daughters soon after. While constantly making public lists like “Sexiest Women in the World”, “Forbes Celebrity 100 Power List” to “The World’s Most Powerful Latino Celebrities” (GET EM’ GIRL!), she still manages to keep her naturally sweet and humble demeanor. To stay fit, she jumps rope and shadow boxes. She also paints watercolor canvases in her spare time and is secretly obsessed with frozen grapes and Brazilian soap operas.
We are thrilled to present our “Two year KwaK Anniversary Special Feature” with the inimitable Brazilian Bombshell… check out our EXCLUSIVE interview below!
KwaK: It’s hard to believe you were EVER a tomboy! Playing football, climbing trees, playing with cars…, wanting to do everything the boys did as a child is something I can most definitely relate to. As an adult, how do you find the attitude that girls can do anything that boys can do (and better) play itself out in your everyday life now?
AL: I’ve managed to have a successful career in an industry that I truly love. However, it’s a very tough industry, and you learn to be tough in it. It’s the inner athlete and tough girl mentality that has helped me pick myself back up when things get tough both personally and professionally.
KwaK: Congratulations on the births of your two beautiful daughters (Valentina, born in 2009; and Sienna, born in 2012)! We admire and commend women who, like you, have mastered the fine art of balancing their careers and motherhood. What lessons have you learned from this chapter of your life, and your role as a mother? What are your thoughts, if any on any more bundles of joy in the future?
AL: I’ve learned how to find and maintain the balance between work and being a mother. It’s not easy especially with travel, but you realize where your priorities lie. Right now I’m just focused on raising my two girls.
KwaK: We’ve come across several interviews where you discuss how important it is for you and your family to maintain a healthy lifestyle. What can you share with us about your eating and physical activity regimen that has attributed to your stunning physique?
AL: I’m very intense with my workout regimen. I have been boxing for about 10 years so it burns a lot of calories and I have to make up for it by giving my body the proper nutrition. I like to indulge sometimes too in Brazilian food or chocolate, but you need to do everything in moderation.
KwaK: You’ve accomplished so much in your career so far… but we wonder, are there any big dreams or goals that are still out there in the horizon for you? What are the top three things on your Bucket List?
1. I want to try acting,
2. I’d love to meet the Dalai Lama,
3. I would love to maybe open my own boxing gym
KwaK: There is a lot of debate about the use of Photoshop in fashion photography, and whether or not it promotes unrealistic standards of beauty. What has your experience been? Now that you have two daughters, has your point of view changed?
AL: I have worked in this business for a long time, and I know I’m not perfect. It’s all a fun and glamorous fantasy. At the end of the day, you have to be mentally strong enough to love and accept yourself no matter what you look like.
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“She’s so powerful, really an entity, in a way”. Then added: “You meet her and there’s a generosity of spirit and very friendly and easy manner, and then all of sudden, the lights go on, and you realize you’re working with this absolutely extraordinary person who’s capable of creating these powerful images.” – Artist Richard Phillips on the famed Copacabana sidewalk in Brazil. Lima is the subject of a painting by Phillips at Gagosian Gallery’s 24th Street Gallery in New York.