Supermodel Alessandra Ambrosio shares some of Victoria’s Secrets with SHANNON MOLLOY and our next Top Models
SHE is one the world’s biggest supermodels, but Alessandra Ambrosio vividly remembers her fi rst ever modelling photo as a determined but shy teen.
Being guest judge in the fi rst episode of the new season of Australia’s Next
Top Model gave the Brazilian beauty and Victoria’s Secret star cause to refl ect on her own humble beginnings.
“It takes me back,” Ambrosio, 33, said of meeting the 12 competitors on the hit Foxtel reality series.
“I remember being a young model, a beginner – you don’t even know what you’re doing out there until one day it just clicks.
Ambrosio, whose parents ran a petrol station in a small city in the country’s south, signed up for modelling classes at 12 and was a fi nalist in a talent search two years later.
By 15, she had bagged the cover of Elle magazine in Brazil and landed her fi rst major job for iconic fashion brand Guess. She has since fronted for campaigns for Ralph Lauren and Christian Dior, graced the catwalk for the likes of Prada and Chanel, and appeared in virtually every major fashion magazine.
Her role on ANTM sees Ambrosio help the rookie models with their fi rst photo shoot. Some struggled, which is something she sympathised with.
“The fi rst time I was in front of the camera was a test shot when I was 14. I was very innocent. The photographer was telling me what to do.”
ANTM acts as a kind of model boot camp, and Ambrosio says this year’s use of a string of big- name industry and fashion identities – alongside
ANTM regulars Jen Hawkins, Alex Perry, Cheyenne Tozzi and Didier Cohen – off ers the contestants an unbeatable experience. “They get to meet some amazing people and experience what it means to be a good model,” she says.
The keys to success are obviously beauty and body, but also attitude, Ambrosio says.
“You need personality. That’s what makes you.
Angel: Australia’s Next Top Model guest judge Alessandra Ambrosio is best known for her work with Victoria’s Secret.