Raquel Zimmermann is Best Known For Working with famous brands such as Victoria’s Secret, Chanel, Calvin Klein, GAP, and others.
Born Name Raquel Zimmermann
Nick Name Dry Bamboo (nickname developed during school days), Rachel
Occupation Fashion / Runway model
Born: May 06, 1983, 35 years and 10 months, Bom Retiro do Sul, RS, Brazil
Sun Sign Taurus
Hair Color Blonde
Eye Color Blue
Height 5 ft 10 in or 178 cm
Measurements 34-24-35 in or 86.5-61-89 cm
Bra Size 32B
Father – Was a beekeeper
Mother – Was seamstress (the one who sews)
Siblings – She has 2 siblings
German and Brazilian
Discovery and modeling career
Zimmermann was discovered by a scouting agency in Porto Alegre, Brazil at the age of 14 and made her way to Japan and on to Paris. Shortly thereafter, Steven Meisel booked her for the cover of Vogue Italia, September 2000, and her modelling career began in earnest.
Zimmermann has done campaigns for brands such as: Alexander McQueen, Balenciaga, Bloomingdales, Bottega Veneta, Cavalli jeans, Cerruti, Chanel eyewear, Chloé, Christian Dior, CK by Calvin Klein, Clairol, Dolce & Gabbana, DSquared², Emanuel Ungaro, Escada, Fendi, GAP, Gucci, Giorgio Armani, H&M, Hermès, Hugo Boss, Isabel Marant, Jean Paul Gaultier, Jimmy Choo, Louis Vuitton, Lanvin, Loewe, MAC Cosmetics, Marc Jacobs, Max Mara, Moschino, Neiman Marcus, Nina Ricci, Prada, Roberto Cavalli, Shiatzy Chen, Salvatore Ferragamo, Valentino, Viktor & Rolf, Versace, Yves Saint Laurent, and Zara.
She has regularly appeared in American Vogue, French Vogue, Italian Vogue, W, Harper’s Bazaar, Visionaire, POP and Self Service. Zimmermann has appeared on many magazine covers, such as: Vogue (Brazil, USA, Italy, France, Japan, China, Greece, Germany, Russia), Harper’s Bazaar, Elle, Numéro, L’Officiel, Marie Claire, i-D, V and French.
In the May 2007 issue of American Vogue she was featured on the cover with fellow models Doutzen Kroes, Caroline Trentini, Hilary Rhoda, Sasha Pivovarova, Agyness Deyn, Coco Rocha, Jessica Stam, Chanel Iman, and Lily Donaldson as one of the “World’s Next Top Models.” In 2008 casting agent James Scully, who is responsible for picking which model is to score a spot on top runways, said in regard to Zimmermann:
The energizer model! I think she’s the only model of the last ten years who never goes out of fashion. It’s as though she never ages yet gets better-looking each season. Probably the most versatile model of all, she truly could be in any show. Her professionalism rivals any model and her timeliness is equal to Cindy Crawford’s, whose punctuality was legendary.
In 2007 Zimmermann appeared on the cover of V and in the first ever television commercial by Gucci for its new fragrance, Gucci by Gucci, directed by David Lynch.
Zimmermann was ranked number one on international model ranking website models.com from December 2007 until February 2010. As of April 2011 she was, because of her long run on the Top 100, ranked 14 on the Top Model Icons of All Time list.
The May 2009 issue of American Vogue featured her as one of the faces of the season, alongside Liya Kebede, Lara Stone, Natasha Poly, Caroline Trentini, Jourdan Dunn, Natalia Vodianova, Anna Jagodzinska, and Isabeli Fontana.
Vogue Paris declared her one of the top 30 models of the 2000s.
She also appeared in the 2002, 2005 and 2006 Victoria’s Secret fashion shows.
She starred in the Lady Gaga music video for “Born This Way”, where she was featured wearing designer clothing and helped give birth to a non-prejudiced race from the “Mother Monster”.
Zimmerman was announced as a Revlon ambassador in January 2018.
Raquel can be contacted by these modeling agencies
Ford Models Brasil – Sao Paulo
Viva Models – Paris
Why Not Model Agency – Milan
DNA Model Management
Ten Model Management
Wilhelmina Models – Panama
The model has advertised for a huge number of brands and designers.
+J Jil Sander for Uniqlo, A.Brand, Alexander Wang, Alexander McQueen, Animale, Arezzo, Balenciaga, Bloomingdales, Beneducci, Bobbi Brown Cosmetics, Calvin Klein eyewear, Car Shoe, Cavalli jeans, Cerruti, CK by Calvin Klein, Chanel eyewear, Chloé, Christian Dior, Clairol, De Beers, Dolce & Gabbana, DSquared2, Emanuel Ungaro, Escada, Escada Sport, Fendi, Forevermark, GAP, Giorgio Armani, Gucci, H&M, H&M by Viktor & Rolf, Hermes, Hugo Boss, Hugo by Hugo Boss, Jean Paul Gaultier, Jimmy Choo, Juicy Couture, Krizia, Lanvin, Loewe, Louis Vuitton, Miss Sixty, Marc Jacobs, MAC Cosmetics, Max Mara, Neiman Marcus, Oscar de la Renta, Oscar de la Renta eyewear, Prada, Paco Rabanne, Printemps, Reinaldo Lourenço, Rena Lange, Roberto Cavalli, Rosa Chá, Saks Fifth Avenue, Shiseido, Sinequanone, Time, TSE, Versace, Viktor & Rolf “Eau Mega” fragrance, Valentino, YSL cosmetics, and Yves Saint Laurent.
In 2009, she appeared in a 90-minute long documentary The September Issue where she played the role as herself.
First Fashion Show
The model started her first ramp walk with Ready to wear – Autumn / Winter 1999 fashion show where she walked the ramp for Emporio Armani, Gianfranco Ferré, Krizia.
First TV Show
In 2005, she appeared in Brazilian comedy-drama television series Belíssima for her role as modelo.
She says her workout is only bicycle riding. And this is her favorite thing too.
She is genetically thin. So, it does not take much efforts for her to remain lean and in the best possible shape.
Raquel reports that she practices the Transcendental Meditation technique
Raquel Zimmermann Favorite Things
Fashion Designer – Hedi Slimane
Beauty essentials: Chanel lip balm.
Skincare secret: Shiseido face wash.
Manicure or pedicure: Pedicure.
Best advice from mom: Drink water.
Best advice from the pros: Be fabulous.
Fragrance of choice: Issey Miyake.
Beauty icons: Mona Lisa.
Anything else: Being in nature. I love green.
Raquel Zimmermann Facts
She appeared in annual Victoria’s Secret fashion show in 2002, 2005 and 2006.
She also appeared in 2010 French Vogue calendar.
She likes to play guitar and listening to Metallica.
Raquel was discovered at 14 in Porto Alegre, Brazil by an agent.
She performs a special form of meditation regularly called the Transcendental Meditation technique developed by Maharishi Mahesh Yogi.
She has been featured in Lady Gaga‘s music video “Born This Way” released on May 23, 2011.
She initially dreamed of becoming an architect.
Vogue beauty seen on many covers like Elle and Marie Claire. She was also labeled one of the world’s top 30 models by Paris Vogue.
She was in Lady Gaga’s music video for “Born This Way” where she delivered a baby from a non-prejudice race.