In a country where a trip to the plastic surgeon is treated like a visit to the dentist, the beautiful are idolised. And they don't come any more beautiful than one of the world's leading models, Raquel Zimmermann. The stunning 26-year-old has appeared in ad campaigns for the likes of Giorgio Armani and has graced the cover of many a magazine, including US Vogue. Oh, and she's dead nice too. Grrr. So in the backstage frenzy at Sao Paulo Fashion Week, GraziaDaily grabbed 60 seconds with the uber-stylish Brazilian model to talk all things fashwan.
What's it like being on Vogue's best dressed list?
That was such a surprise and I'm very flattered. I asked them why, though! I didn't understand why they chose me but they said it's because I have my own style and I then I realised it's true. I don't dress to please anyone else, just me.
What is it about Brazilian models that makes them so successful? From Gisele to Adriana Lima, Brazilian models occupy nearly all the current top ten positions in modelling. We think there's something in the water!
Brazil is a huge country and there's a mix of cultures, so I think this mix makes for beautiful people. You get white people mixed with black people. I know I look very German though! But it's not just the south of Brazil, where I come from, that produces the best models - Adriana Lima is from the north.
What's your exercise routine?
I love taking my bicycle and going to the park. That's my favourite thing.
Is that all? So you're naturally quite fit?
I'm lucky genetically - my parents are both slim also.
You were recently filmed for a documentary, speaking about your career. What advice would you give a young model who's just starting out?
Be professional - and keep your feet on the ground!
- Fiona Harkin