Alessandra Ambrosio is known for her work with Victoria’s Secret and was chosen as the first spokesmodel for the company’s PINK line.
Other names: Ale
Born: April 11, 1981 37 years and 3 months, Erechim, Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil
Years active: 1999–present
Eye color: Light Brown
Hair Color Dark Brown
Height: 5 ft 9.5 in (1.76 m)
Measurements: 34-25-34.5 in or 86-63.5-87 cm
Bra Size 32B
Agency: IMG Models (New York, Paris, Milan, London), VIVA Model Management (Barcelona), Way Model Management (Sao Paulo), Priscilla’s Model Management (Sydney)
Ambrosio was a Victoria’s Secret Angels from 2000 to 2017 and has modeled for brands such as Next, Armani Exchange, Christian Dior, and Ralph Lauren.
In 2012, she was ranked number six on Forbes’ list of the highest-paid models, estimated to have earned $6.6 million in one year.
Alessandra Ambrosio is often cited by the popular media as one of the world’s sexiest women.
As an Angel, she was chosen as one of People magazine’s annual “100 Most Beautiful People in the World” in May 2007.
Alessandra Ambrosio was born in Erechim, Brazil, the daughter of Lucilda and Luiz Ambrosio.
She is of Italian and Polish descent.
Her paternal grandmother, Joana Eugênia Groch, was an immigrant from Poland, who arrived in Brazil in 1929. She died in 2017, at age 93.
Alessandra Ambrosio enrolled at a modelling class at the age of 12, and at the age of 14, she was one of 20 finalists for the 1995 Elite Model Look national competition for Brazil.
Ambrosio was always insecure about her large ears, and at the age of 11, she had cosmetic surgery to have her ears pinned back, though two years later she suffered complications.
In 2006, she appeared on The Tyra Banks Show, and said that the surgery was a bad experience and has discouraged her from ever getting plastic surgery again.
When Alessandra Ambrosio was 12 years old, she partook in modeling classes, and then began modeling for Dilson Stein at age 15.
Competing in Brazil’s Elite Model Look competition started her modeling career in earnest.
Her first notable modeling job was shooting the cover of Brazilian Elle magazine.
Elite passed along some of her Polaroids to Guess which led her booking the Millennium GUESS? campaign.
She has since appeared in advertising campaigns for Gucci, Dolce & Gabbana, Calvin Klein, Oscar de la Renta, Christian Dior, Escada, Fendi, Giorgio Armani, Guess, Emporio Armani, Moschino, Gap, Hugo Boss, Ralph Lauren, Saks Fifth Avenue, Macy’s, Revlon, and the Pirelli Calendar.
Alessandra Ambrosio has walked the catwalks for designers such as Prada, Chanel, Dolce & Gabbana, Givenchy, Christian Lacroix, Bottega Veneta, Escada, Tommy Hilfiger, Christian Dior, Marc Jacobs, Louis Vuitton, Balmain, Ralph Lauren, Halston, Vivienne Westwood, Giles Deacon, and Oscar de la Renta.
She has appeared in numerous international magazine covers, including Cosmopolitan, Elle, GQ, Harper’s Bazaar, Marie Claire, Ocean Drive, Vogue and was the only model to appear on the cover of Glamour in the United States in 2006.
In 2004, Alessandra Ambrosio launched her line of swimwear called Alessandra Ambrosio by Sais, a division of Rosa Chá. It sold 10,000 units in its first month on the market.
Ambrosio was the face for the UK company Next and starred in their first television campaign in 12 years.
On the July 2009 cover of Marie Claire, Ambrosio appeared in a spread with Sacha Baron Cohen to promote Baron Cohen’s 2009 film Brüno.
Alessandra Ambrosio became the face of Brazilian sportswear brand Colcci costarring with Ashton Kutcher in a denim ad.
She was ranked No. 5 on Forbes’ The World’s Top-Earning Models list, with an estimated earnings of $5 million over 2010–2011.
In October 2011, Ambrosio became Vogue’s blogger, commenting on her wardrobe by posting one photo of herself each day for a month.
In August 2012, she appeared in the London 2012 Olympic Closing Ceremony as part of Rio de Janeiro’s handover show.
In spring 2014, Alessandra Ambrosio launched her own fashion and lifestyle brand named Ále by Alessandra in a collaboration with American retailer Cherokee. The line features casual wear to formal attire and is aimed at females between 18 and 35 years old.
The apparel line was first shown by Southern California-based retailer Planet Blue. For this brand, Ambrosio used her intellectual property company, Silver Sunrise LLC, which works with Cherokee as its global licensing agent.
Alessandra Ambrosio appeared in the February 2016 issue of GQ alongside Portuguese footballer Cristiano Ronaldo.
Alessandra Ambrosio was chosen by NBC alongside fellow Brazilian model Adriana Lima as the channel’s food and culture correspondents for the 2016 Summer Olympics.
By 2006, Alessandra Ambrosio was selected as the first spokesmodel for the Victoria’s Secret “PINK” line.
In 2005, she walked the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show runway wearing lingerie made entirely out of candy.
In the 2008 edition of the Fashion Show, she walked the runway three months after giving birth to her first child, and opened the show the following year in 2009.
The 2011 show saw her wearing the heaviest wings (30 lb) ever made for the show while pregnant with her second child.
In 2012, Alessandra Ambrosio was chosen to wear the “Fantasy Bra”. The Floral Fantasy Bra, created by London Jewelers, features amethysts, rubies, sapphires and diamonds (including a 20-carat white diamond in the center), all set in rose and yellow gold, according to InStyle. There’s also a matching belt adorned with more than 5,200 precious stones. In 2014, she wore the Dream Fantasy Bra, alongside her fellow angel Adriana Lima. Both of the bras cost $2.5 million each.
After the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show 2017, Alessandra Ambrosio posted on her Instagram that she will be retiring after “17 Victoria’s Secret Fashion Shows”.
Television and film appearances
Alessandra Ambrosio has made several television appearances, notably a cameo as herself on HBO’s Entourage; The Late Late Show with Craig Kilborn; Late Night with Conan O’Brien; A guest judge on Project Runway Season 2: Team Lingerie and twice on The Tyra Banks Show.
She also appeared on America’s Next Top Model in the series’ 20th cycle.
In 2006, Alessandra Ambrosio had a cameo in the box-office hit film Casino Royale, appearing briefly as Tennis Girl #1.
Ambrosio guest-starred on the How I Met Your Mother episode “The Yips” on November 26, 2007 with her fellow Victoria’s Secret Angels Adriana Lima, Selita Ebanks, Marisa Miller, Miranda Kerr, and Heidi Klum.
She also made a cameo appearance during the New Girl episode “Prince”.
Alessandra Ambrosio made her acting debut in the Brazilian telenovela Verdades Secretas, which premiered on Rede Globo on June 8, 2015, playing the role of former top model Samia.
She appeared as herself in the 2016 film, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows.
Alessandra Ambrosio has been engaged to businessman Jamie Mazur, founder of RE/DONE jeans, since 2008, and they have two children, Anja Louise (b. 2008) and Noah Phoenix (b. 2012), both born in Florianópolis.
Alessandra also holds a very active Facebook page in which she posts personal and professional photos as well as many motivational and inspirational quotes either through captions or through dedicated posts, thus securing over three million fans on the social media site.
Alessandra Ambrosioo serves as an ambassador for the National Multiple Sclerosis Society.
Alessandra Ambrosio Favorite Things:
Favorite Food – Egg, Cheese, Bacon, Dark Chocolate, Japanese and Thai Cuisine
Favorite Color – Pink
Favorite Place – Brazil
Favorite Books – The Lords of the Rings (By J.R.R. Tolkien), The Kite Runner (By Khaled Hosseini)
Favorite Songs – Somebody That I Used to Know (By Gotye), Blue Jeans (By Lana Del Ray)
Favorite Designer – Dolce and Gabbana
Favorite Sport – Surfing. Alessandra has won many surfing contests too as a teen when she was not serious about her career in modeling.
Favorite Perfume – Victoria Secret’s PINK
Favorite Product – Beach Sexy by Victoria’s Secret -Daily Glow Gradual Tan Moisturizer SPF 15.
Alessandra Ambrosio Facts:
Alessandra Ambrosio has one sister named Aline Ambrosio who is a lawyer.
Alessandra’s parents owns a petrol station.
When she was 11, she had a cosmetic surgery to get her large ears pinned back but later suffered complications from that.
In 1996, she was the only model to appear on the cover of Glamour.
Alessandra has also hosted award functions like The MTV Music Awards and Fashion Rocks.
Alessandra’s endorsement with Victoria’s Secret in 2000 proved lucky for her and she was soon shot to fame.
Alessandra is an ambassador for the National Multiple Sclerosis Society.
She has appeared on more than 50 international magazine covers.
Her hobbies are surfing and seeing bands.
She practices Brazilian martial arts called Capoeira.
She was voted no. 2 in AskMen’s Top 99 Most Desirable Women in 2008.
www.alessandraambrosio.com.br is her official website.
Meet Alessandra on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook.