Alessandra Ambrosio is a brasilian supermodel well known for be testimonial of Guess and Victoria’s Secret. She was born in a small town in southern Brazil, in the region of Rio Grande do Sul, from parents from Italy and Poland. At age 11 thanks to cosmetic surgery has become correct protruding ears. Also she admitted, differently to other colleagues, that she had cosmetic surgery to eyes and legs. She makes Butt Lift, a mix of samba, capoeira and aerobics. Her best friend is her colleague Ana Beatriz Barros.
She is famous for being one of the Victoria’s Secret testimonials from 2004 to 2017.
The first steps in the fashion world moved them, in 1999, in the context of the Elite Model Brasil – Look of the Year competition, a competition that did not win but at the end of which she was signed for a year by the Elite fashion agency. Her first real job was to pose for the cover of the Brazilian version of the female monthly magazine Marie Claire, and shortly after, was chosen as a testimonial for the Millennium campaign of Guess in 2004. In the same year she was chosen by Jaques Olivar for the Rocco Barocco campaign together with the supermodel Natalia Vodianova, Massimiliano Neri and Ian Webb. She was then testimonial for Revlon and Victoria’s Secret.
Alessandra appeared on the international catwalks for the first time in 2002 and continued in the following years. Despite being often identified with Guess?, she is much more than a Guess Girl: she has posed for the covers of Elle, Wallpaper and Harper’s Bazaar. In 2003 she was among the protagonists of the Pirelli Calendar, photographed by Bruce Weber. As for the catwalks she has walked for Laura Biagiotti, Christian Lacroix, Byblos, Fendi, Issey Miyake, Kenzo, Christian Dior, Nicole Miller, and Oscar de la Renta. She also signed contracts for the Revlon, Gap, Calvin Klein, and Giorgio Armani cosmetics. In 2011 she appeared in the advertising campaign of Dolce & Gabbana, inspired by the Sicilian women’s tradition, with her colleagues Izabel Goulart, Isabeli Fontana and Maryna Linchuk.
Thanks to her beauty, in 2003 she ranked 83th in the ranking of the 100 sexiest women in the world written by FHM magazine. The AskMen.com website ranked her in 6th place in the Top 99 Women of 2007, and the 2nd in the 2008 edition. The year after Forbes magazine named her the fifth highest paid model at the world. The following year she was Moschino’s testimonial for the fall / winter campaign and was re-confirmed by Forbes the fifth model paid in the world with a fee of five million dollars.
In 2012 she took part in the closing ceremony of the XXX Olympic Games in London, in the segment dedicated to Brazil. She became a testimonial with her daughter Anja of the London Fog brand, and in the same year Forbes nominated her sixth most paid model in the world, earning $ 6.6 million. In 2013 she became the testimonial of the famous Rimowa luggage brand together with the Hollywood actor Johannes Huebl. The following year, she was one of the protagonists of the Pirelli Calendar, and was chosen as the testimonial of Pinko for the spring / summer campaign. In March 2014, she launched her clothing line, Ále by Alessandra, created in collaboration with Cherokee.
At the beginning of July 2014 Forbes included her again in the ranking of the highest paid top models of the year, in eighth place, with a gross profit of about 5 million dollars, ex aequo with the American Hilary Rhoda. In the same year she was chosen by Replay as testimonial of the hyperflex Jeans alongside some Barcelona players, namely Gerard Piqué, Luis Suárez, Andrés Iniesta, Ivan Rakitić and Neymar. In 2015 she was nominated by Forbes the eighth most paid model, with a gain of 5 million dollars, ex aequo with Candice Swanepoel, Karlie Kloss and Lara Stone models. In December of the same year she was the cover girl of the US edition of Maxim, while in February 2016, still in the United States, she appeared on the cover of GQ next to the football player Cristiano Ronaldo.
In 2016 she became testimonial of the Italian footwear brand Cesare Paciotti for the brand’s spring / summer campaign, while in the month of July she was one of the protagonists of the videoclip of the single M.I.L.F. $ by Fergie. In August, together with her colleague Adriana Lima, she is chosen by the American television network NBC to talk about the 2016 Olympics, creating a Best of Rio de Janeiro to talk about fashion, food and culture; and is inserted by Forbes magazine, ranked ninth among the highest paid models, with a gain of 5 million dollars, ex aequo with the models Doutzen Kroes and Kate Moss. In the same year her assets are estimated at 60 million dollars.
Her first show for Victoria’s Secret took place in 2000. In 2004 she became Victoria’s Secret Angels, and was selected to be the first spokesmodel of the Pink line, until 2006. Meanwhile, in 2005 she appeared at the Victoria Secret Fashion Show with lingerie made entirely with sweets, while in 2008 sheshows three months after the birth of her first daughter, and opened the show the following year. Previously, in 2004 she was one of the five angels to take part in the Angels Across America tour alongside Tyra Banks, Heidi Klum, Gisele Bündchen, and Adriana Lima. In 2007, along with the other angels, she received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in Los Angeles. In 2009 she was chosen to open the annual fashion show.
In November 2011, she parades at the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show with a pair of wings created by the Australian designer Manik Mercian, made with 105 000 Swarovski crystals set on a 24-carat gold-plated structure. The following year she again took part in the show wearing the Floral Fantasy Bra, worth 2.5 million dollars, completely hand embroidered with over 5,200 gems, including amethysts, sapphires, rubies and diamonds, and 18-carat yellow and pink gold , and at the center of the decoration a 20 carat diamond. Repeats the experience in 2014, when for the first time Victoria’s Secret decided to create two Dreams Angel Fantasy Bra in red and blue, the one worn by Alessandra was made with 16 000 rubies set on an 18 carat gold frame. The other, made with sapphires, is worn by Adriana Lima, both Fantasy Bra were created by the jeweler Pascal Mouawad and have a value of 2 million dollars each.
In 2016 she took part in the commercial, made by the fashion house for the Super Bowl, in which a football game was recreated, alongside models Adriana Lima, Taylor Hill, Elsa Hosk and Jasmine Tookes. In November 2017 she announced her farewell to the fashion house with his Instagram account after 17 years of collaboration, and of which he was Angelo for 13 years.
In 2006 she took part in a cameo in the film Casino Royale with Daniel Craig.
In 2015 she enters the cast of the film Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows, directed by David Green, where she is next to Megan Fox, Stephen Amell and William Fichtner. In the same year she played in the Brazilian soap opera Verdades Secretas, in the role of the supermodel Samia.