Alessandra Ambrosio (born April 11, 1981) is a Brazilian model and actress. Ambrosio is known for her work with Victoria’s Secret and was chosen as the first spokesmodel for the company’s “PINK” line. Ambrosio is currently one of the Victoria’s Secret Angels and has modeled for brands such as Next, Armani Exchange, Christian Dior, and Ralph Lauren.
Ambrosio serves as an ambassador for the National Multiple Sclerosis Society. 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.She 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.
When Ambrosio was 12 years old, she started 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 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 advertisements for brands like Revlon, Christian Dior, Giorgio Armani, and Ralph Lauren, as well as the Pirelli Calendar. She has walked the catwalks for designers such as Prada, Chanel, 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 the only model to appear on the cover of Glamour in the United States in 2006.
In 2004, Ambrosio launched her line of swimwear called Alessandra Ambrosio by Sais, a division of Rosa Chá. It sold 10,000 units in only 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.
Ambrosio, became the face of Brazilian sportswear brand Colcci costarring with Ashton Kutcher in a steamy denim ad. She was ranked No. 5 on Forbes’ The World’s Top-Earning Models list, with an estimated earnings of $5 million over the year 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.On August 13, 2012 she appeared in the London 2012 Olympic Closing Ceremony as part of Rio de Janeiro’s Handover show.