Exclusive: A Day in the Life of Adriana Lima

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Adriana Lima is sitting on the couch at the back room of the Sunset Marquis, partly hidden from view—my eyes have to adjust to the dim space before finding her. But then, with a flash of her denim-blue eyes and a toss of hair—jet-black and unbelievably shiny—she stands up to greet me, and it’s like watching a phoenix (clad in sequined pink-and-black A/W 16 Marc Jacobs) unfurl its feathers. She smiles; the room lights up.

It’s not hard to understand why Lima is constantly proclaimed as one of the most beautiful women in the world, if not the most beautiful. But history has proven the public’s favour is fickle, ebbing and flowing more quickly than you can say “Taylor Swift.” Yet somehow, against the odds, she has remained one of the most drooled obsessed-over and followed (in social media terms, though paparazzi love her too) models in the industry for over a decade. Normally, this is the part where you’d say it’s because she’s secretly relatable—but Lima, with her lithe limbs (even after two babies) and otherworldly features (her bone structure defies explanation), is clearly not. (She does, however, share my passion for a perfect dessert, which I discover when she grabs my phone at the end of the interview to show me the green tea cake from Lady M.’s bakery.) 

So perhaps it’s the fact that she can seduce with a glance but also be vulnerable—she’s warmer in person than her Instagram photos and sultry public persona might suggest. She laughs openly, shows dismay (at least in relation to her children growing up too fast), and gets really fired up when talking about… food (what else?). She’s both alluring and slightly closed off, so it’s no surprise why Marc Jacobs has chosen her to front the campaign for his sultry new fragrance, Divine Decadence (£69), a sparkling, heady blend of gardenia, hydrangea, and vanilla. “I would wear it anytime, anywhere—it’s like that luxury you want all day,” she tells me matter-of-factly. Soon afterward, we are back on my phone, where she is intent on finding a photo of the magical green tea cake. A model who loves food—from someone else, it might inspire a tired eye roll, but Lima’s fervour seems genuine. Don’t believe me? Keep scrolling to get to know Adriana Lima, as told by Adriana Lima.

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