Sara Sampaio (born 21 July 1991) is a Portuguese model best known for being a Victoria’s Secret Angel and working for Calzedonia, as well as her
appearance in the 2014 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue, a first for a Portuguese supermodel, for which she won Rookie of the Year. She has appeared in
magazines such as GQ, Elle, Vogue, Glamour and Sports Illustrated. She won Portuguese Golden Globes in 2011, 2012, 2014, 2015 and 2016 for Best
Sara was discovered at the age of 15, but was not allowed to compete in modeling competitions until the age of 16. At the age of 16, she won a hair
modeling contest in Portugal called Cabelos Pantene 2007. After the contest, she had the chance to be in a commercial in Portugal. Off the success of the
contest and commercial, she was signed to an agency, however due to her strict parents, she had to finish high school before becoming professional.
After completing high school, Sara attended the University of Lisbon. She attended part-time because she was not allowed to be homeschooled. While in
Lisbon, she got a part-time job as an editor until she had the opportunity to go international. She had the chance to be in a commercial in Portugal.
Sara has spoken out against skinny shaming, and mentioned in an interview that the amount of hate that her and other Victoria’s Secret models experience
is ridiculous. She says that “every body 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”.
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