Adriana Lima From Victoria’s Secret To Givenchy Catwalk

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Is that a good transition? I always thought Adriana Lima’s face was one of those models born to pose in men magazines and lingerie/swimwear. Despite of my obvious restraining views, Adriana Lima always cheapened every other photo shoot that wasn’t falling in the above categories.

However, she made it to the catwalk. Givenchy’s prêt-a-porter fall/winter 2009-2010 had Adriana Lima walking down the runway looking as fierce and bad joke-ish as it gets.(more pictures after the jump!)

Adriana Lima Givenchy FW 09

Would you see her doing another fashion catwalk? Would you rather see her catalog-ing for Victoria’s Secret and swimwear collections? (photos via 1, 2)

UPDATE: I added more visual content for a better grasp of Adriana Lima’s fashion repertoire. Below you’ll see a side-by-side runway with Adriana in a Victoria’s Secret show and Prada show as well as her highest selling GQ magazine, the April 2006 issue.

Adriana Lima VS catwalk Prada catwalk

Adriana Lima highest selling GQ April 2006

Adriana Lima without makeup

Adriana Lima lingerie photo


#1 Ellington on 03.11.09 at 9:05 pm

She looks okay to me with her Catwalk/Runway clothes. At least she is not bone thin, maybe this is a new trend?

#2 minku on 03.12.09 at 2:11 am

Uh, back to the high fashion models please…

#3 Adriana on 03.12.09 at 5:32 am

Why not? She’s not the first Victoria Angel doing fashion shows. I’ve to agree with Ellington.

#4 linda on 04.10.09 at 3:13 pm

Think before you calling her only the “Men’s magazine/commercial” model because if you ACTUALLY knew fashion, she’s was a HIGH fashion model when she started out. This is her returning to her modelling roots.

Almost all VS Angels have had a HF career so it’s not exactly “shocking”!

#5 Arnoldo Valerio on 04.11.09 at 4:02 am

My dear Linda where do you have your fashion knowledge from. The Gossip magazines or is it something in your mind you think that she was a HF model. No none of the VS models are welknown Haute Couture models. The only exceptions are Gisele Bundchen, and Karolina Kurkova. The rest like Alexandra, or Adriana were never High Fashion models. They are welknown for their appearrence in FHM, SI and other lingerie/bikini or whatever mags. And thats what they exactly are, just ordinary bikini/lingerie models. I have to admit that when she started she did a few HF shows, but that was in Brazil, who cares about that fashion week. For now have a nice easter weekend.

#6 Adriana on 04.11.09 at 6:05 am

I wouldn’t call models like Stephanie Seymour, Helena Christensen, Naomi Campbell, Claudia Schiffer, Karen Mulder, Doutzen Kroes, Jessica Stam, Eva Herzigova, Carmen Kass, Behati Prinsloo…I probably forget a few more gorgeous ladies, exactly “just ordinary bikini/lingerie models”.

And further I know for a fact there are many fashion loving people around who love Rio de Janeiro’s Fashion Weeks. Don’t forget that the South America continent is big and a lot off South American people lives in the US and still love their own colourful culture. And so do lots of European fashion lovers. There’s serious talent there!
Times are changing now. It won’t be long the attention for this fashion weeks or a Moscow fashion week will become more important.

#7 linda on 04.16.09 at 8:42 pm

Well “dear” Arnaldo, I’ve been a huge fashion fan since I was five so I think I do know fashion, thank you not because I’m a VS fan (I can like both)

Adriana didn’t just do a “couple” of HF shows, she did well in the late 90’s (with couple appearances in the 2000’s-present), has worked with Meisel and did campaigns like Armani and Blumarine but VS snapped her up pretty quickly. She’s one of the few current VS lineups alongside Doutzen to get some HF style work.

She just switched agencies from DNA to Marilyn because she wanted to RETURN to high fashion and she’s appearantly going to appear in a HF campaign for FW/09!

#8 Queeen b on 04.20.09 at 1:25 pm

I don’t see what the big deal is ..Adriana has a very strong facial expression and jaw line isn’t that what the fashion industry is looking for .

And Arnolodo Valerie I think you are one of those people who encouraged other people to destory the lime light of what fashion runwaym models should look like.

The original models from the 60’s -90’s except pulling twiggy out of this were full body normal healthy size models from what we see now dead looking ulgy skinny girls who in really life doen’t represent the norm fashionistas.

Back to Adriana she rocked this outfit like no other..VS model or HF model.
Givenchy has been in fashion industry for long time probably they miss the fun days where models fit and sale the clothes rightful.
The girl knows how to rock shoots and runways ..leave her be.


#9 jehona on 05.26.09 at 8:13 am

well girls, this Arnaldo guy is propably a teenager who hava had a change to see some of VS swimwear catalogs, im sure these are his scoures. But, im sure hes too young to remember adriana back to 90’s in HF shows. so dont take hes statments too seriouz.

#10 jehona on 05.26.09 at 8:13 am


#11 MjAtaura on 05.27.09 at 12:38 am

She looks like a robot. She’s VS commercial model, and do not be a model from real prêt-a-porter model.

#12 Queeennn b on 06.13.09 at 9:02 pm

Aren’t all models robots..they don’t smile,they can’t cry on the runway or show personality ..what do you call that.
At least she is ripping the running and not over reacting it.

#13 Adriana on 06.14.09 at 7:35 am

Queeennn b: agree. I like it to watch shows from the 90’s sometimes -seems like yesterday- when the models were allowed to smile and all had their own walk and show personality with all kinds of smiles, witty, seductive, happy etc. etc.
Like our Doutzen Kroes can never show that beautiful sweet smile of hers! She’s so smart and funny why don’t they use it at times?

#14 lalag on 06.17.10 at 7:55 am

well just because you did a few runway show in your early career does not mean you are some HF mdoel. LOL to be one you have to at least be a favorite Vogue cover girl. and not supplement vogues. Vogue USA,Paris,Italia and UK. adriana has had what 3 vogue covers? all from brazil and spain. I hardly consider that any milestone. when she did do hf runway shows she always did the bikinis or lingerie. never the fashion! she is and always will be strictly seen and known as a lingeire/sexy model. no supermodel. her fashion portfolio is weak weak weak! and her expression is same same same. always.

#15 Adriana on 06.17.10 at 11:26 am

lalag, what you say is very denigrating. So the population of South-American or from Spain have no sense for fashion?
Correct me if I’m wrong but I believe Ms Lima recently, after the birth of her daughter Valentina, walked a show for Louis Vuitton?

#16 Rosa Lopez on 08.08.10 at 9:55 am


#17 Aidan on 08.11.13 at 8:58 pm

You do realize that Adriana Lima has a very extensive high fashion work resume including Dior, Givenchy, Hermes among many others right? Simply check any of the fashion directories and you’ll be able to see her trajectory, which by the way, began long before wearing VS on a runway. She’s not only done ready to wear but Pret a Porter and worked worldwide, the only one that I have never seen do much outside of VS is Heidi Klum, all others have. For being such a fashion expert you don’t seem to know anything about fashion history considering she is part of it and a very well established part of it.

#18 kpriss on 08.12.13 at 6:57 am

I never considered myself an expert, especially in fashion where everything is just moving sand, smoke and mirrors.

However, your judgement is very subjective when it comes to labeling Adriana Lima as a ‘very well established part’ of fashion history. Regardless of the many catwalks or cosmetics contracts she has had previous to her VS work, she still belongs on the lingerie runway more than in HC defiles where her aesthetic and appeal are just as unfit as an elephant in pointe shoes.

#19 Aidan on 08.12.13 at 8:50 am

By the way, is not why is what would prompt you, my mistake.

#20 Aidan on 08.12.13 at 9:17 am

What makes her part of fashion history is not only her cache, but also the fact that she is part of the initial wave of Brazilian supermodels, that marked a moment in history. Not to mention that during her start, she was collecting more high fashion and commercial editorials than La Gisele herself. So those two factors alone will make her part of fashion history, having the best selling GQ cover in history also is not only an accomplishment but a historic event not only for her but the magazine. There are so many accomplishments that are hard to name all. Not to mention she has worldwide name recognition for her work and not personal life, appears in magazine covers worldwide and has had everything including a cosmetics contract, the simple definition of a Supermodel. The fact that you obviously dislike her doesn’t mean she isn’t a good model with diverse editorial work. I personally don’t like Naomi Campbell’s antics, but I think she is if not the best, one of the best models of all times, I separate my personal views of the things I don’t like about her from her work.

#21 kpriss on 08.14.13 at 11:40 pm

Aidan, first of all thank you for coming back and sustaining your point of view!
second: I have no problems with Adriana Lima’s personal character or personal life. My ‘disliking’ her has everything to do with her aesthetic abilities to morph into a high fashion model.

I understand your appreciation for her as a breakthrough model and I couldn’t agree more – her selling power is overwhelming as you put it yourself when reminding her highest selling GQ issue. However! there are models and then there are models. Her playful, seemingly joyful character works better with the types of contracts she’s most famous for (VS, GQ, Rimmel) than for her Louis Vuitton catwalk appearances.

If I were to draw a Supermodel parallel reflection, Eva Herzigova comes to mind. Who although walking numerous fashion catwalks, she’ll still forever be the Wonderbra girl we all stared at in huge posters and legendary print ads.

Versatility is a capital advantage for a model and while I fully appreciate Adriana Lima’s historical value in fashion, I still think she’s hardly suited for pouty, dramatic Haute Fashion…

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