Alessandra Ambrosio is one of the instantly recognizable faces of Victoria’s Secret. This leggy supermodel has dominated the modeling scene with her exotic Brazilian look and shows no signs of slowing down. Although you might know a little bit about her from her TV and Victoria’s Secret appearances, here are nine interesting facts you’ll be surprised to learn.
Number Nine: Alessandra Ambrosio Is Stronger Than She Looks
Sure, modeling looks easy when all you have to do is pose, but Ambrosio proves that modeling requires some serious strength. For the VS Fashion Show in 2011, she had to don 40-pound wings. Add in the extremely high heels she had to strap on and it’s a miracle she made it down the runway and back without falling.
Number Eight: She’s Worn Two Million-Dollar Bras
As every avid VS fan knows, the model chosen to wear the Fantasy Bra in the VS Fashion Show is a highly coveted position. Ambrosio was chosen to wear the diamond and crystal encrusted bra on not one, but two separate occasions.
Number Seven: She’s An Activist
Ambrosio is passionate about making positive changes and doing good in the world. One of the ways she does so is by being an ambassador for the National Multiple Sclerosis Society.
Number Six: She Was The First Spokesmodel for VS PINK
It’s hard to remember a time when VS PINK wasn’t the go-to spot for every adolescent girl’s sweatpants needs, but it has only been around for 12 years. (What did high school girls even wear before then??) Back in 2004, when Victoria’s Secret announced and released the new line targeted to a younger audience, Ambrosio was the pick for the brand’s first spokesmodel.
Number Five: She Had Surgery To Pin Back Her Large Ears
Growing up, Ambrosio was extremely self-conscious about her large ears. At only 11 years old, she underwent cosmetic surgery to have them pinned back. A few years later she experienced complications from the surgery and has gone on TV shows to warn young girls about the dangers of plastic surgery.
Number Four: She Owns Her Own Fashion Line
Ambrosio started her own fashion and swimwear line, ále by Alessandra, in 2014. The pieces in the collection are inspired by Ambrosio’s style and are the perfect addition to any tropical vacation wardrobe.
Number Three: She Walked In a VS Fashion Show Three Months After Giving Birth
The Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show is filled with rock hard abs, legs for days, and perfectly curled hair. It’s common knowledge that the models who walk the VS runway work hard for their bodies, but Ambrosio shocked everyone when she joined the show in 2008 and looked flawless just three months after giving birth.
Number Two: She’s Walked In 15 VS Fashion Shows To Date
Honestly, I think most girls would kill for a chance to walk in the infamous Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show. Ambrosio got her start walking on the VS runway back in 2000 and has walked in a staggering 15 VS runway shows to date. That’s 15 consistent years of looking like a goddess. If that’s not hard work, then I don’t know what is.
Number One: She’s An Aspiring Actress
Although she hasn’t had many starring roles just yet, Ambrosio is an aspiring actress. You can catch her in a minor role in Casino Royale and in a few TV spots like in an episode of How I Met Your Mother. For her next upcoming role, she will be playing herself in the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles sequel. There you have it, nine facts about Alessandra Ambrosio you never knew. Clearly, there’s much more to this supermodel than meets the eye.