Adriana Lima: 'The Angel You See On The Victoria's Secret Catwalk Is Really Who I Am'

13 December 2013 by

Adriana Lima Victoria's Secret Interview

Adriana Lima [Grazia_Live Instagram]

It's not every day you're invited for lunch by a Victoria's Secret Angel so when Adriana Lima asked Grazia Daily to be her dinner guest, we were there with wings bells on. Clad in curve-hugging black leather trousers and a creamy blouse under a tweed jacket, Adriana greeted us at the The Connaught Hotel in London. 'Welcome!' she cooed with her impossibly glossy ponytail swishing around her shoulders. Hostess with the mostess indeed.

The Brazilian stunner is in our fair city to launch the lingerie giant's new Christmas collection and that evening, she would strike a pouty pose at Victoria's Secret flagship on Bond Street. But for now, Adriana was here to regale us with tales of catwalking fun and her plans for Christmas. Sitting at the head of a VS-tastic table (pink bows, white roses and a LOT of sparkling undies), we enjoyed a delicious meal of scallops and chocolate pudding.

Adriana Lima On Being A Victoria's Secret Angel

Adriana Lima at the 2013 Victoria's Secret Fashion Show [Getty]

As the longest serving Angel of the Victoria's Secret crew (she began working with the brand in 1999 and has worn the Fantasy Bra twice), Adriana has come to see them as a second family. 'Everybody is so passionate about what they do and the team are very considerate of us,' she said. 'During fittings for the show, they'll ask whether we feel comfortable and if they can adjust anything. We're actually very involved in the process and are asked what we think about the outfits, the themes and who should perform.'

Has she ever requested to change outfits? 'Trust me, the designers know what my favourite styles are and what suits me so I'm always happy with the result.' In fact, plans for next year's show are already underway and costumes are being tested and approved.

We wonder whether Adriana pulls a 'Sasha Fierce' and channels a particular character when she's stomping the runway. 'It's not a different character because it's still a part of myself,' the 32-year-old says. 'We're encouraged to show our own personalities so we're not pretending, it comes naturally. What you see is who we are. That's what makes it so exciting and different to regular fashion shows.'

Speaking of personality, Adriana beams when we mention a certain Cara Delevingne. 'She's so fun. I love her! The new girls do get nervous, but everyone's so nice backstage and we have so much fun that they're soon put at ease'.

Adriana Lima Victoria's Secret

Lunch, Victoria's Secret style [Grazia_Live Instagram]

Ms Lima's favourite outfit from this year's show was the red lace ensemble with ginormous feathered wings, but when it comes to her own style she's a tad less extravangant. 'I don't spend a lot of time shopping because I've learned what I like. I don't need to try anything on so if something doesn't fit when I get home, I'll wear it when I've lost a few pounds.'  And if she finds something she likes, she gets one in every colour. Who knew VS stars were so fuss free? 'You have to be when you have kids!' she laughs.

Yes, Adriana is the mother of two daughters Valentina and Sienna who, she tells us, are hugely excited about the festive season (although they're scared of Santa). 'I've lived in America for fifteen years so we celebrate Thanksgiving and Christmas with pumpkin pie and turkey.' And mince pies, right? 'Mince? In pies?!' She looks aghast. We assure her they're sweet - and very delicious. 'Ooh, I'll have to try those'.

See the best of the 2013 Victoria's Secret show in the gallery below...

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Cara Delevingne - British Invasion

Candice Swanepoel - British Invasion

Adriana Lima - British Invasion

Taylor Swift and Cara Delevingne

Lily Aldridge - British Invasion

Cara Delevingne - British Invasion

Jourdan Dunn - British Invasion

Taylor Swift - British Invasion

Karlie Kloss - British Invasion

Adriana Lima - British Invasion

Devon Windsor - British Invasion

Taylor Swift - British Invasion

Cara Delevingne - British Invasion

Behati Prinsloo - British Invasion

Karlie Kloss - Snow Angels

Taylor Swift - Snow Angels

Doutzen Kroes - Snow Angels

Snow Angels

Adriana Lima - Snow Angels

Karlie Kloss - Snow Angels

Snow Angels

Snow Angels

Taylor Swift and Karlie Kloss - Snow Angels

Taylor Swift and Lily Aldridge - Snow Angels

Taylor Swift - Snow Angels

Lily Donaldson - Snow Angels

Lindsay Ellingson - Snow Angels

Taylor Swift and Lily Aldridge - Snow Angels

Karlie Kloss - Snow Angels

Lindsay Ellingson - Snow Angels

Taylor Swift - Snow Angels

Malaika Firth - Pink Network

Jessica Hart - Pink Network

Ming Xi - Pink Network

Malaika Firth

Lindsay Ellingson - Birds of Paradise

Magdalena Frackowiak - Birds of Paradise

Alessandra Ambrosio - Birds of Paradise

Maria Borges - Birds of Paradise

Jacqulyn Jabonski - Birds of Paradise

Izabel Goulart - Birds of Paradise

Erin Heatherton - Birds of Paradise

Hilary Rhoda - Birds of Paradise

Joan Smalls - Birds of Paradise

Adriana Lima - Parisian Nights

Alessandra Ambrosio - Parisian Nights

Joan Smalls - Parisian Nights

Cara Delevingne - Parisian Nights

Jourdan Dunn - Parisian Nights

Doutzen Kroes - Parisian Nights

Lily Donaldson

Karlie Kloss - Shipwrecked

Lily Aldridge - Shipwrecked

Doutzen Kroes - Shipwrecked

Constance Jablonski - Shipwrecked

Karlie Kloss - Shipwrecked

Lindsay Ellingson - Shipwrecked


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