Intro

Alessandra Ambrosio is a Brazilian model as well as an actress. She began modeling in 1999 and made a name for herself working with Victoria’s Secret as one of their ever-popular Angels from 2000-2017. She was the first spokesmodel for Victoria’s Secret’s lingerie line, PINK. She has modeled for big names in fashion during her careers such as Armani Exchange, Ralph Lauren, Christian Dior and Next. Ambrosio has ranked on lists for the highest paid models in the world earning up to the US $6.6 million in a year, as well as most beautiful people in the world. She has skyrocketed to modeling fame thanks to her flawless looks. She has walked the catwalk for a variety of designers in numerous fashion shows, has appeared on the cover of large publications throughout the world and launched her career in the direction of acting. She now lives in Los Angeles with her fiancé and two children.

Life

Alessandra Corine Maria Ambrosio was born on April 11, 1981, to Luiz and Lucilda Ambrosio in Erechim, Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil. She has Polish heritage as her paternal grandmother came to Brazil from Poland as an immigrant in 1929. She died at the age of 93 in 2017.

Her modeling ambitions started at the age of 14 when Ambrosio enrolled in a modeling class. By the time she was 14 years old, Ambrosio had secured her spot as a top 20 finalists in 1995 for the Elite Model Look, a national competition in Brazil.

When Ambrosio was only 11 years old, she had cosmetic surgery on her ears as she had always been extremely insecure about them. She had her ears pinned back, but during the two years following the surgery, she suffered complications and extreme pain which resulted in a number of mini-surgeries to correct. In 2002, she shared her experience with surgery on with Tyra Banks of her talk show, The Tyra Banks Show. She explained that it was a terrible experience which has entirely discouraged her from any further cosmetic surgery.

In 2005, Ambrosio began dating businessman James Mazur who is the founder of RE/DONE jeans. The couple has been engaged since 2008 but has yet to get married. They have two children together Anja Louise who was born in 2008 and Noah Phoenix who was born in 2012, both in Florianopolis, Brazil.

Ambrosio is very active on Facebook and has secured over three million fans. She shares a lot of photos, both personal and professional coupled with a variety of motivating and inspiring quotes. Her Twitter and Instagram accounts are also thriving with 3.34 million and 8.6 million followers respectively.

Career

Ambrosio started her career at a very early age, showing an interest in modeling during her childhood. She enrolled in modeling school at just 12 years old; Ambrosio was passionate about her career path from the very beginning. The Brazilian competition ‘Elite Model Look’ was the true start of her career. At 15 years old, she modeled for Dilson Stein in what can be referred to as her breakout role. Her first great modeling job saw her landing on the cover of Elle magazine in Brazil.

The first large-scale campaign that Ambrosio was involved in was for Guess’ campaign the Millennium GUESS? She had passed on some Polaroids of herself to Guess which landed her the booking that essentially launched her into the modeling industry.

The majority of her career has been spent with the Victoria’s Secret Angels. She joined the Angels in 2000 and walked the catwalk for the last time as a Victoria’s Secret Angel in November 2017. Ambrosio was a staple fixture with the Angels, having walked the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show catwalk for 17 years. In 2006, she was chosen as the first spokesmodel for the PINK line of Victoria’s Secret.

For the 2005 fashion show for Victoria’s Secret, she took to the runway in lingerie that was made entirely of candy. For the 2008 edition of the popular fashion show, Ambrosio walked the runway just three short months after giving birth to her first child. Ambrosio opened the 2009 edition of the show.

In 2011, the Angel took to the catwalk wearing a set of 30 lb. wings, the heaviest in Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show history. That year she was pregnant for the second time when she took part in the fashion show. For the 2012 edition of the fashion show, Ambrosio was selected to wear the incredible “Fantasy Bra”. Created by London Jewelers, the Floral Fantasy Bra is made up precious stones such as rubies, sapphires, amethysts and diamonds with a 20-carat white diamond in the middle; all set in yellow and rose gold. The bra has a matching belt too, made up of 5,200 precious stones. Two years later, in 2014 Ambrosio was selected to wear the Dream Fantasy Bra alongside Adriana Lima, a fellow angel. Both of the Fantasy bras are worth the US $2.5 million each.  At the end of 2017, she retired her wings as a Victoria’s Secret Angel to focus more on her acting career.

Her portfolio of advertising campaigns include work for names including Guess, Gucci, Calvin Klein, Dolce & Gabbana, Oscar de la Renta, Giorgio Armani, Emporio Armani, Fendi, Escada, Christian Dior, Revlon, Macy’s, Ralph Lauren, Gap, Moschino, Hugo Boss and Saks Fifth Avenue as well as the Pirelli Calendar.

Ambrosio has also been featured on a number of magazine covers across the world. These publications include Cosmopolitan, GQ, Elle, Marie Claire, Harper’s Bazaar, Ocean Drive and Vogue. In 2006, she appeared on the cover of the US edition of Glamour, is the only model to appear on the magazine in 2006.

Her appearances on the catwalk have been for designers such as Dolce & Gabbana, Oscar de la Renta, Chanel, Prada, Escada, Marc Jacobs, Givenchy, Bottega Venta, Christian Lacroix, Tommy Hilfiger, Louis Vuitton, Christian Dior, Balmain, Halston, Ralph Lauren Giles Deacon and Vivienne Westwood.

In 2007, Ambrosio became the face of Next, UK clothing, and Homeware Company. After 12 years, the company aired their first television campaign, which starred Ambrosio. 2009 saw the supermodel on the cover of Marie Claire alongside Sacha Baron Cohen as a promotion for his film of that year, Brüno. In 2011, the model joined Vogue as a blogger for the month. She posted a photo of herself each day for the month of October, providing commentary on her wardrobe.

In 2012, Ambrosio became the official face of Colcci, a Brazilian sportswear brand. She co-starred in a denim ad with Ashton Kutcher for the campaign. She also walked the catwalk for them while five months pregnant with her second child. In August of that year, she made an appearance at the closing ceremony of the London 2012 Olympics. She was a part of the handover show for Rio de Janeiro.

In 2016, she shared the cover of GQ magazine’ February edition with Portuguese football star, Cristiano Ronaldo. Later that year Ambrosio, along with Brazilian model Adriana Lima was chosen by NBC to cover the 2016 Summer Olympics as food and culture correspondents for the channel.

Ambrosio is not only a star on the runway but also the big and little screens. She has made appearances on TV in Entourage, Late Night with Conan O’Brien and The Late Show with Craig Kilborn as herself. She has also been on Project Runway, America’s Next Top Model and The Tyra Banks Show. She’s guest-starred on popular sitcoms How I Met Your Mother and New Girl.

She’s even starred in a Brazilian telenovela, called Verdades Secretas in 2015.

On the big screen, Ambrosio has appeared in the 2006 Casino Royale, 2015’s Daddy’s Home, 2016’s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows and Daddy’s Home 2 in 2017.

Collections

Ambrosio launched her very first collection in 2004, called Alessandra Ambrosio by Sais. This first collection was a swimwear line that formed a part of Rosa Chá. The line was highly popular amongst fans and in the first month on the market, the range sold 10,000 units.

In 2014, Ambrosio launched Ále by Alessandra, her very own fashion and lifestyle brand. The collection was a collaboration with Cherokee, an American retailer and included attire from formal to casual wear for females aged 18 to 35. Planet Blue, a Southern Californian retailer was the first to show Ambrosio’s new line. The collection can be described as combining Ambrosio’s taste of “Brazil-Bohemia Meets Malibu Chic” with her easy-going lifestyle of “forever on vacation”.

The Ále by Alessandra collection is available at a range of prominent stores across the United States such as Planet Blue, Nordstrom, Bloomingdale’s, Revolve, Ulta, Everything But Water and many more.

Interesting Facts about Alessandra Ambrosio

1. She is also known by the name ‘Ale’, which she used as the name of her fashion collection Ále by Alessandra.

2. She is 5ft 9in tall and weighs around 54kg. The perfect body for a model.

3. Her star sign is Aries since her birthday is in early April.

4. In 2007, she was named as one of the ‘100 Most Beautiful People in the World’ by People Magazine. She maintains the reputation of being one of the most beautiful and sexiest people in the world.

5. Her net worth is US$60 million. In 2012, she ranked #6 on Forbes’ list of the Highest-Paid Models, having earned the US $6.6 million. In 2015 the supermodel ranked at #8 and 2016, ranked #13 having earned the US $5 million each year.

6. She has a mixed ethnicity that consists of Brazilian, Polish, Portuguese and Italian.

7. Her parents own a gas (petrol) station in Brazil, where they live.

8. She is an ambassador for the American National Multiple Sclerosis Society. Her father has fought a 20-year battle with the disease which affects the body’s central nervous system.

9. Ambrosio is quite the surfer, having won numerous surfing contents as a teenager in Brazil, before starting her career in modeling.

10. To stay in shape perfect and keep her fitness up, the mom of two practices are a variety of exercises such as yoga, Pilates, aerobics, samba and Capoeira, a form of Brazilian martial arts.

11. She has featured on awards shows like Fashion Rocks and the MTV Music Awards as a host.

12. Both her names come from Greek origins. Her first name is the feminine version of Alexander and means defender of mankind. Her last name means immortal.

13. She dated Giovani Borghetti for two years, Marcelo Boldrini for four years and Steven Allain for a few months before meeting her now fiancé, James Mazur in 2007.

14. Ambrosio and her sister would regularly play dress-up as children, which ultimately led the model down her career path, putting in practice her trend-setting skills in childhood.

15. She has been recognized as one of the hottest Brazilian models in the world, ranking at number 8.

16. She is one of the longest-reigning Victoria’s Secret models and has been voted as one of the most influential Angels of all time.

Awards and Achievements

  • 2005 – Received an #84 rank among the ‘100 Sexiest Women in the World’
  • 2006 – Received a #56 rank among the ‘100 Sexiest Women in the World’
  • 2007 – Received a #51 rank on Maxim’s ‘Hot 100’ list
  • 2007 – Voted as one of People Magazine’s ‘100 Most Beautiful People in the World’
  • 2008 – Voted #2 on AskMen.com’s ‘Top 99 Most Desirable Women of 2008’
  • 2010 – Received a #5 rank on Forbes’ list of the ‘World’s Top-Earning Models’, earning the US $5 million
  • 2012 – Received a #6 rank on Forbes’ list of the ‘World’s Top-Earning Models’, earning the US $6.6 million
  • 2014 – Received a #7 rank on Maxim’s ‘Hot 100’ list.
  • Most of Alessandra Ambrosio’s achievement has been based on her beauty, having ranked highly on all the most prominent lists. She has also become known for being one of the highest earners in the modeling industry.