Ana Hickman - Biography & Career
Ana Hickmann was born on March 1, 1981 in Santa Cruz do Sul, Brazil. Her parents were German immigrants who sustained the family with farming. Young Ana spent her impoverished early years picking up hen eggs and planting strawberries before dawn.
When she was 13 years old, it was obvious she had the kind of body that was not destined for a starring role on Green Acres. She started modeling and won a number of local beauty pageants. The first born of her family, expectations were high.
In 1996, she left her village to visit relatives in Sao Paulo. A friend of hers convinced her to participate in a modeling competition that she reluctantly agreed to. Before she knew it, she was among the three who were awarded an exclusive contract with Mega Models.
On February 14, 1998, two weeks shy of her 17th birthday, she got married to former model Alexander Corra who was nine years her senior. Although the couple was madly in love, the real reason for the hasty marriage was that Ana wanted to go to Paris, but the fact that she was a minor caused bureaucratic problems.
In 2000, Paolo Zampolli, president of the famous agency ID Models, flew to southern Brazil to see what the Brazilian model hype, begun by Gisele Bundchen, was about. From the outset, Zampolli realized he had a winner on his hands and signed her up to his New York agency.
Before long, she was traveling all over the world in the employ of other agencies such as Storm, Paolo Tomei, Max Models, and Louisa. Famous fashion photographers Patrick Demarchelier and the recently deceased Helmut Newton stated that Ana is their favorite subject.
This kind of relationship enabled her to work on ad campaigns for Cia Maritima, Versace, Golden Lady, La Perla, Nivea, and Wella. In July 2002, she was selected to participate in Victoria's Secret's Very Sexy campaign for a fee of $250,000 US. The TV commercial, which also featured Adriana Lima, Tyra Banks, Gisele Bundchen, and Laetitia Casta, was shot by popular movie director Michael Bay of Pearl Harbor (2001) fame.
Still married to Corra who is now the guiding light of her career, Ana explored a new direction in late 2002. She has launched a collection of makeup, shoes, swimsuits, and eyewear simply called Ana Hickmann. She and her husband also own a photo studio, and a DJ agency in Sao Paulo. The idea is that when her modeling career comes to an end, she'll have something to fall back on.
Adored in her native country by legions of fans, she is one of the highest-paid models in Brazil. She devotes her time to charity work and lives both in Sao Paulo and New York, where she has an apartment. She still nurses the dream of becoming the #1 supermodel in the world.