Saturday 31 January 2015

‘Grandma’ Adriana Lima

Published 15/12/2013 | 11:29

Adriana Lima walks the runway during the 2013 Victoria's Secret Fashion Show. (Evan Agostini/Invision)
Adriana Lima walks the runway during the 2013 Victoria's Secret Fashion Show
Adriana Lima has been an Angel for 13 years

Adriana Lima is proud to be the "grandma" of Victoria's Secret.

The 32-year-old model has walked in the luxury lingerie company's annual fashion show 13 times, as has Alessandra Ambrosio.

Adriana is stunned to still be strutting her stuff each year and enjoys mentoring the label's new faces.

"I'm definitely the grandma," she laughed to vogue.co.uk. "I first walked in the show in 2000, but I was working with the brand even before that actually. My first show, Stephanie Seymour and Karen Mulder were in it too - and it is amazing to have done the show for so long… I love the new girls, though. Cara [Delevingne] is so cool. I love the girls that they choose, they are always super nice, really excited. It's just the most fun job."

There are many benefits to being a model for so long, some of which effect Adriana's personal life. She enjoys speedy shopping sprees as she instantly knows whether an item is going to flatter her curves.

"I never try anything on, actually," she explained. "After so long wearing so many different styles, I can look at something and know if it will suit me; even sunglasses. It's great - I just say, I don't need to try them, I'll take these! It's the same with Victoria's Secret, the designers know what we all like to wear - the colours and shapes we like - and they really listen to us."

Adriana Lima has celebrated her 13th year of modelling
The supermodel made her catwalk debut in 2000
She became the darling of Sao Paolo in Brazil during her first year of work
Adriana Lima became a Victoria's Secret model soon after her catwalk debut
She has sported a number of quirky looks over the years
For Fashion Week in Brazil, Adriana embraced a carnivale style ensemble
She was soon unveiled as the face of Maybelline
Adriana Lima and Alessandra Ambrosio pose together in 2001
The Brazilian bombshell stunned on the runway in 2002
Heidi Klum, Adriana Lima, Santa and Tyra Banks at the Herald Square in New York City
Adriana Lima and Tyra Banks during Victoria's Secret "Backstage Sexy" Photo Book Preview -
At Sao Paulo Fashion Week in 2002, she was dating American rocker Lenny Kravtiz
Karolina Kurkova, Gisele Bundchen and Adriana
Models Gisele Bundchen, Oluchi Onweagba and Adriana Lima attend the launch party for the new photo book, "Backstage Sexy" at Spice Market in 2003
Models Selita Ebanks, Karolina Kurkova and Adriana Lima attend the Victoria's Secret Angels event as they receive the Hollywood Award of Excellence in 2007
Adriana Lima during The 8th Annual Victoria's Secret Fashion Show
Oluchi Onweagba, Heidi Klum, Adriana Lima, and Gisele Bundchen at the Victoria's Secret Herald Square Store in New York, New York in her early Angel days
Victoria's Secret Supemodels, Adriana Lima, Alessandra Ambrosio, Gisele Bundchen, Tyra Banks and Heidi Klum stand together as they participate in the Angels Across America Tour in 2004
Model Adriana Lima wearing Luca Luca Spring 2005 during Olympus Fashion Week
Adriana Lima wearing Versace Haute Couture during Paris Fashion Week Haute Couture Autumn-Winter in 2003/2004
Tyra Banks, Gisele Bundchen, Heidi Klum, Alessandra Ambrosio and Adriana Lima
Alessandra Ambrosio, Selita Ebanks, Gisele Bundchen, Karolina Kurkova, Adriana Lima and Izabel Goulart celebrate after their runway show
She is Victoria's Secret's longest lasting Angel
Victoria's Secret Models, Karolina Kurkova, Tyra Banks, Heidi Klum, Gisele Bundchen, Adriana Lima, Selita Ebanks, Alessandra Ambrosio at the The 10th Annual Victoria's Secret Fashion Show at Lexington Armory in New York
Adriana Lima backstage at Luca Luca Spring 2005
Model Adriana Lima at the 12th Annual Victorias Secret Fashion Show at The Kodak Theatre in 2007
Adriana Lima at the The New York State Armory in New York City, New York
Adriana Lima during 11th Victoria's Secret Fashion Show - Runway at Kodak Theatre in Hollywood
Model Adriana Lima at the 12th Annual Victorias Secret Fashion Show at The Kodak Theatre in 2007
Model Heidi Klum, Model Adriana Lima and Model Karolina Kurkova during the 12th Annual Victoria's Secret Fashion Show in 2007
The bombshell shows off her post baby body just weeks after giving birth at the VS Fashion Show last year
Model Adriana Lima walks the runway at Desigual's Spring-Summer 2014 Collection "For Everybody: Sex, Fun & Love" during 080 Barcelona Fashion Week 2013
Model Adriana Lima walks the runway at the 2013 Victoria's Secret Fashion Show
Models Doutzen Kroes, Adriana Lima and Candice Swanepoel walk the runway at the 2013 Victoria's Secret Fashion Show
Adriana Lima walks the runway at the 2013 Victoria's Secret Fashion Show
Model Adriana Lima performs during the 2013 Victoria's Secret Fashion Show

Adriana is looking forward to spending Christmas with her husband Marko Jarić and their daughters Valentina, four, and 15-month-old Sienna.

Valentina can't wait for the big day, with her mom taking steps to ensure she doesn't get carried away beforehand.

"She's a bit afraid of Santa," Adriana giggled. "But she is definitely excited about the presents! We're having to work hard to stop her opening them all before the day."

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