Sara Pinto Sampaio is a Portuguese model best known for being a Victoria’s Secret Angel. Sampaio is a Giorgio Armani beauty ambassador and works for Calzedonia. She was the first Portuguese model in the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue (2014).
Sampaio was named Best Female Model at the Globos de Ouro (Portuguese Golden Globes) in 2011, 2012, 2014, 2015, and 2016. In 2019, Sampaio was the winner of Fashion Personality of the Year.
Years active: 2006–present
Born: July 21, 1991, 32 years old and 4 months, Porto, Portugal
Sun Sign: Cancer
Hair Color: Dark Brown
Eye Color: Green
Height: 5 ft 8 in / 173 cm
Measurements: 32-23.5-34 in / 81-60-87 cm
Bra size: 30B US / 65B EU
Others – Maria Sampaio (Cousin)
Sampaio grew up on the outskirts of Porto, a city on the north coast of Portugal. Her father, Armando Sampaio, works for a professional scuba diving company, and her mother, Cristina Sampaio, works for an import company. She has a brother named André.
After completing high school, Sampaio attended the University of Lisbon.
While she was in high school, she won a modeling contest in 2007 (when she was 16). But, she didn’t pursue modeling just after that. Her parents are really strict and didn’t allow Sara to skip school for modeling. So, after completing her schooling, she went to Lisbon, the capital city of Portugal to a university and completed her education.
Sampaio was first discovered at the age of 15, though she was not allowed to compete in modeling competitions until the age of 16. At 16, she won a hair modeling contest in Portugal called Cabelos Pantene 2007. After the contest, she acted in a commercial in Portugal. Afterward, she was signed up with an agency; however, her parents encouraged her to finish high school before becoming a professional model.
Sampaio’s dream was to work for Victoria’s Secret. After her agency sent in headshots, she was asked to audition. However, she did not make it to the Fashion Show. She continued to pursue the runway and made her debut in the 2013 Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show, where she walked in one segment. During her sophomore performance in 2014, she walked in two segments. In 2015, she was chosen as one of the newest Angels for the 2015 runway, and in December of the same year, she walked for the brand for the first time as an Angel. On 24 October 2016, it was announced that Sara would be walking with the other Angels in the 2016 Fashion Show in Paris, France.
She has been featured prominently in television ads for Axe body spray in the United States. In 2012, she was chosen for the cover of the April edition of Portuguese Vogue and to be the face of the international advertising campaign for Calzedonia Mar, Summer 2012, which was photographed by Raphael Mazzucco in Greece and Jamaica. She was the face of Calzedonia again in 2013, 2014, and 2015. She also appeared in the Replay Fall/Winter 11/12 campaign, alongside Irina Shayk, in the Blumarine Fall/Winter 11/12 campaign, with Adriana Lima, and in the Armani Fall/Winter 11/12 campaign. In 2013, she appeared in the first edition of the year of the Portuguese GQ, where she was presented as the “eighth wonder of the world”. She appeared in Rosa Cha 2013 campaign alongside Barbara Palvin.
On 13 November 2013, she made her debut in the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show 2013. She walked into the Pink segment. She walked the following year in two segments. In 2015, she walked in two segments, for the first year, as an Angel. She has appeared in the 2014 and 2015 editions of the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit edition and won the “Rookie of the year” award in 2014. Sampaio has been on the cover of L’Officiel, Vogue, Marie Claire, Glamour, Elle, Harper’s Bazaar, GQ, Telva, etc. In 2015, Maxim honored the 20th anniversary of the brand Victoria’s Secret and included Sampaio on the list of “The 20 Most Beautiful Angels of All time”.
In interviews with Vogue, Sampaio discusses being photographed nude, which she finds empowering, and her view of modeling more generally as a form of artistic expression. In the interview, she says “At the end of the day, we were born naked, and that’s the way we are gonna go”. However, she accused Lui magazine of sexual harassment and bullying her into posing nude for their cover when she requested that her contract stipulate a no-nudity clause. She believes that everyone should feel comfortable in their skin no matter their shape or size. For this reason, Sara has spoken out against skinny shaming and mentioned in an interview that the amount of hate that she and other Victoria’s Secret (VS) models experience is ridiculous. She says that “everybody is different and every metabolism is different”. The model was part of “The Perfect Body” VS campaign that was later changed to “A Body for Everybody”.
Sampaio has stated on Instagram that she suffers from trichotillomania. She was praised by fans and the media for raising awareness of the little-known condition and has received many messages of support from fellow sufferers.
She was in a relationship with entrepreneur Oliver Ripley from 2015 to 2020. The relationship ended due to their professional commitments. Since the end of April 2022, she has been in a relationship with American producer Zac Frognowski.
First Fashion Show
Sara debut fashion show was Ready to Wear – Spring / Summer 2012 where she walked for Blumarine, and Kevork Kiledjian.
Sara Sampaio Favorite Things
Holiday Destination – Hawaii
Sara Sampaio Facts
She walked in annual Victoria Secret fashion show in 2013.
Sampaio had been pictured on the cover pages of almost all famous magazines such as Elle, GQ, Marie Claire, Glamour, Vogue, L’Officiel, etc.
She was awarded Portuguese Golden Globe award in the best female model category in 2011 and 2012.
She rose to fame after winning Cabelos Pantene 2007 contest.
The model had also appeared in Axe body spray ad in USA.
She had been termed as “Eighth Wonder of the World” by Portuguese GQ in their January 2013 edition.
She had modeled for the PINK segment in Victoria Secret fashion show.
She won her first modeling contest at 16 and in the form of a prize, she got a chance to appear in a television commercial to be broadcasted within Portugal.
She has a pet dog named, Luigi.