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Alessandra Ambrosio - Biography & Career

Alessandra Ambrosio (born April 11, 1981) is a Brazilian supermodel. Her last name is spelled in Portuguese as Ambrosio, but she quite logically omits the diacritic mark in her modeling work, because English is a top language in the international clothing business, and Portuguese isn't. She is one of the models of the Guess? company and the "Next" company of the UK, and she is one of the Victoria's Secret Angels.

Alessandra Ambrosio was part of the wave of Brazilian models that emerged after Gisele Bundchen blazed the path. One of the star models of that group, of which fellow Victoria's Secret/Guess? Model (and her best friend) Ana Beatriz Barros is a member, the 5 ft 10 in, light brown-haired Ambrosio advanced her career in the late 1990's into the 2000's. Allesandra was born in Erexim, a small town in southern Brazil. As an early teen, she enrolled in a modeling class, and subsequently she was entered into the Elite modeling agency's 1996 "Look of the Year" modeling competition. Though she did not win, one year later she was offered an Elite modeling contract.

Her first big modeling job to do the cover of the Brazilian Marie Claire magazine, and then Allesandra followed with other "editorial" work. It was not long after that the Marcianos at the "Guess?" company signed up Ambrosio for their fall Millennium campaign in 2000. Her lucrative print career began with being a "Guess?" Girl, and then continued with deals with Revlon and with Victoria's Secret. Ambrosio modeled on the Victoria's Secret runway for the first time in 2000, and she continued to be a participant in the subsequent shows. Allesandra was also picked to be the spokesmodel for the 2004 Pink line by Victoria's Secret.