154 // AN­GEL FACE

Ocean Drive - - Contents March 2017 - By CARLA TOR­RES pho­tog­ra­phy by RUS­SELL JAMES

Vic­to­ria’s Se­cret’s longestrun­ning An­gel and Mi­ami res­i­dent, su­per­model Adri­ana Lima bal­ances the roles of world’s most beau­ti­ful, sin­gle mother, spir­i­tual seeker, and in­de­pen­dent woman.

Vic­to­ria’s Se­cret’s long­est-run­ning An­gel and a Mi­ami res­i­dent,

Adri­ana Lima el­e­gantly bal­ances her roles as sin­gle mother, spir­i­tual seeker,

in­de­pen­dent woman, and the world’s most beau­ti­ful model.

Dress, Dolce & Gab­bana ($1,845). Bal Har­bour Shops, 9700 Collins Ave., 305-8660503;

dol­cegab­bana.com

SAY THE NAME ADRI­ANA LIMA

and con­nec­tion to the uni­verse.” Ex­trater­res­tri­als aside, she also has a place (or more like a shrine) in her bed­room for her crys­tals. “I don’t count, but I have a lot—more than 50.” Amethyst, in case you’re won­der­ing, is her fa­vorite. In other words, Lima is pretty cos­mi­cally con­nected. But she’s grounded, too—even with 9.8 mil­lion In­sta­gram fol­low­ers and the dis­tinc­tion of be­ing the only celebrity to ever star in two Su­per Bowl com­mer­cials in one game, for Kia Mo­tors and the on­line flower ser­vice Tele­flora, in 2012. How did she earn such an honor? Sim­ply put, con­sumers want what­ever Lima is wear­ing—or sell­ing. Case in point: Sales of Kia’s Op­tima reached their high­est point in the com­pany’s his­tory af­ter it re­ceived Lima’s stamp of ap­proval. It’s safe to say that any­thing the bank­able beauty touches turns to gold.

So just how does Lima—who has been in­cluded in mag­a­zine’s Hot 100, Askmen.com’s Most De­sir­able Women, Mod­els.com’s Top Sex­i­est Mod­els, Com­plex.com’s 100 Hottest Su­per­mod­els of All Time, and FHM’S Sex­i­est Women in the World (four times); has won Spike’s Guys Choice award for Hottest Girl on the Planet; and is one of Google’s 50 most­searched-for women on the Web—stay grounded when she’s Maxim pulling in a re­ported $10.5 mil­lion a year and a reg­u­lar day at the of­fice (like to­day) in­volves shoot­ing at a $30 mil­lion manse with Vic­to­ria’s Se­cret pho­tog­ra­pher and dear friend Rus­sell James? “My med­i­ta­tion is box­ing, be­lieve it or not,” she says. “I get so into it that no thoughts come in my mind. It’s my Zen mo­ment.” Of course, a knock­out like Lima trains only with the best, and in the ring that’s at the same world-fa­mous Mi­ami Beach gym where Muham­mad Ali be­came the great­est, An­gelo Dundee’s 5th St. Gym.

“I try to box ev­ery day,” Lima says, “but these past few days I’ve been bad.” By “bad,” she means she’s been trad­ing her gloves for a spoon and molten choco­late cake. “It’s my guilty plea­sure. If it were up to me, I would have it three times a day.” She’s not jok­ing, ei­ther: In the mid­dle of her Ocean Drive cover shoot, Lima got a hanker­ing for choco­late bars to nib­ble on be­tween out­fits. “I eat ev­ery­thing,” she says, “but at the same time, I’m su­per healthy.” Healthy is as easy as cake when you have an on-call nutritionist and a per­sonal chef to whip you up what­ever your heart de­sires. “The best res­tau­rant in Mi­ami, I have to say, is my home.”

Home for Lima is where she feels clos­est to her na­tive

“I’m in love ev­ery day. I wake up and have two beau­ti­ful girls be­fore me whose hap­pi­ness is my hap­pi­ness.”

Brazil. And for the last five years, that’s been the Magic City. “I wanted to find a base where it was al­ways sum­mer, al­ways nice and welcoming, with warm peo­ple and a beau­ti­ful ocean,” she says. “I just fell in love with Mi­ami. Plus, there are so many Brazil­ians here, too, so I feel like I’m in Brazil.” If you’re hop­ing for a su­per­model sight­ing, hit the Arts Dis­trict. “I love to go walk the streets and Wyn­wood Walls and look at art.”

Good luck rec­og­niz­ing her, though. “I’m pretty low-key when I’m walk­ing around—i think be­cause peo­ple are used to see­ing me with makeup and hair and in lin­gerie.” She laughs, adding, “I usu­ally don’t wear any makeup and [have] my hair up, and I’m al­ways in sports clothes, es­pe­cially with my kids.” At least when she’s not rock­ing Vic­to­ria’s Se­cret’s mil­lion-dol­lar Fan­tasy Bra, an honor she’s had not once but twice.

“It’s a re­ally spe­cial thing for an An­gel to wear the Fan­tasy Bra,” Lima says. “It’s the high­light of the fash­ion show and a sur­prise. All of us [An­gels] are al­ways won­der­ing, Who is it go­ing to be this year?” “Kind of like be­ing named prom queen?” I ask, for­get­ting that she’s a for­eigner. “I’m not sure what a prom queen is, be­cause we don’t have that in Brazil, so maybe you have to wear the Fan­tasy Bra first be­fore you can say it’s just like that,” she an­swers, sass­ily and un­apolo­get­i­cally. And in this mo­ment, I grasp who Adri­ana Lima re­ally is. She’s an in­de­pen­dent, sec­ond-gen­er­a­tion badass sin­gle mom who has never let the mil­lions of dol­lars and ac­co­lades she sun­bathes in cloud her val­ues or stop her from ar­tic­u­lat­ing her re­li­gious and spir­i­tual be­liefs. She’s sim­ply ir­re­sistible while still be­ing in­no­cent yet se­duc­tive. And she’s a true role model to her kids, who “un­der­stand mommy is a model, but also a busi­ness­woman,” she says—an An­gel dis­guised in lin­gerie who serves “not just girls [I work with] but the world we live in. I have a lot of en­ergy to ex­pend.”

Where does she get it all from? Girl power runs in her fam­ily. “It comes from my mom and my grand­mother. Even though my grand­mother was mar­ried for­ever—over 50 years!—she was still an in­de­pen­dent woman, and see­ing how she car­ried her­self made me who I am.” Lucky for us, Lima’s not done pass­ing on her genes: “I al­ways wanted a lot of chil­dren. I’m not fin­ished yet.”

In June she’ll be 36, and this De­cem­ber she’ll again walk in the Vic­to­ria’s Se­cret Fash­ion Show, maybe even wear­ing the Fan­tasy Bra for a third time—that is, un­less fate in­ter­venes and makes her Mother Lima for a third time in­stead.

“If you’re con­nected with the divine and al­ways have pure in­ten­tions with ev­ery­thing you’re do­ing, you’re pro­tected by the an­gels.”

Top ($2,990) and skirt ($2,890), Os­car de la Renta. Bal Har­bour Shops, 9700 Collins

Ave., 305-868-7986; os­carde­larenta.com

ƨʃʃƨƭƣƭƞ Ʃƚơƞ Cropped tank ($295), pants ($465), and rope belt ($395), Sport­max. Mi­ami De­sign Dis­trict, 109 NE

39th St., 305-770-6200; maxmara.com. Clogs, Miu Miu ($990). Mi­ami De­sign Dis­trict, 190 NE

39th St., 305-341-9342; mi­u­miu.com

Dress, Fendi ($2,650). Mi­ami De­sign Dis­trict, 150

NE 40th St., 786-655-5400; fendi.com. Knit panties, Dior ($930). Mi­ami De­sign Dis­trict, 162 NE 39th St.,

305-571-3576; dior.com

ƨʃʃƨƭƣƭƞ Ʃƚơƞ Vedette bikini top ($215) and bot­tom ($195), Eres. The Web­ster, 1220

Collins Ave., Mi­ami Beach,

305-674-7899; theweb­ster.us. 14k rose-gold di­a­mond baguette neck­lace, Michelle Farmer Col­lab­o­rate ($1,465). michelle­farmer.com

Styling by Kather­ine Lande with Cre­ative Man­age­ment Hair by Steven Hoepp­ner at artists­by­ti­moth­ypri­ano.com Makeup by Taryll Atkins at artists­by­ti­moth­ypri­ano.com Man­i­cure by Isis An­telo at artists­by­ti­moth­ypri­ano.com

Shot on lo­ca­tion at Casa Clara, 212 W. Dilido Dr., Mi­ami Beach, 305-6734808; el­li­man.com. Cater­ing pro­vided by Michael Love at Epi­cure Gourmet Mar­ket and Cafe, 1656 Al­ton Road,mi­ami

Beach, 305-672-1861; epi­cure­mar­ket.com.

Dis­tinc­tive de­sign H[HFXWHG IODZOHVVO\ :LWK an un­in­ter­rupted view of Bis­cayne Bay and the down­town Mi­ami sky­line, Casa Clara is the per­fect place to en­joy the vi­brant sun­sets. Ar­chi­tec­turally sig­nif­i­cant, this prop­erty boasts seven beds, nine baths, two half baths, 11,600 square feet, 120 feet of wa­ter frontage, and a full lime­stone deck. In­te­ri­ors are in­te­grated with ex­te­ri­ors through large glass doors that dis­ap­pear when open. Cus­tom Henge fur­ni­ture, a Boffi kitchen, and Kreon light­ing shows the home’s in­di­vid­ual palate. Casa Clara is rep­re­sented by Dou­glas El­li­man Flor­ida agents Eloy Car­me­nate and Mick Du­chon.

“I be­lieve in na­ture, I be­lieve in en­ergy, I be­lieve in spir­its.”

154 If looks could kill: Ocean Drive gets deep with cover star Adri­ana Lima, re­veal­ing the real woman be­hind the smol­der­ing stare.

Pullover ($1,275) and shorts ($690), To­mas Maier. Bal Har­bour Shops, 9700 Collins

Ave., 305-351-9560; tomas­maier.com

Top ($1,050) and shorts ($595), Miu Miu. Mi­ami De­sign Dis­trict, 190 NE

39th St., 305-341-9342; mi­u­miu.com. Strappy san­dals, Giuseppe Zanotti ($1,150). Bal Har­bour Shops, 9700

Collins Ave., 305-8680133; giuseppezan­otti de­sign.com

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