Brazil­ian su­per­model Alessan­dra Am­bro­sio, who was in town to share her style and beauty se­crets at a fash­ion event on Thurs­day, tells City Times why she loves Dubai, how she bal­ances life and work and what you should al­ways have in your closet

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SIO IS a su­per­model. Her face is al­most in­stantly recog­nis­able. Dressed in an all white suit, eat­ing a straw­berry af­ter a few hours of press in­ter­views be­fore hav­ing a chat with us, the Brazil­ian beauty is all smiles and cam­era ready. De­spite the frenzy around her – jour­nal­ists, pho­tog­ra­phers, her peo­ple, PR peo­ple – she main­tains a calm and ap­proach­able de­meanor. For some­one so at­trac­tive, it’s in­ter­est­ing to note that see­ing her in per­son, we are sure that it isn’t just her looks that have made her the in­ter­na­tional su­per­model that she is.

Known for her work with Vic­to­ria’s Se­cret from 2000 to 2017, Alessan­dra was also cho­sen as the first spokesmodel for the com­pany’s PINK line and has mod­elled for brands such as Next, Ar­mani Ex­change, Chris­tian Dior, and Ralph Lau­ren. She’s a mother of two, is in­cred­i­bly ac­tive on In­sta­gram, works (a lot!) and man­ages to stay out of tabloids. We (like most of the world) are im­pressed.

With only five min­utes to have a chat be­fore she is whisked off for a speak­ing en­gage­ment dur­ing the World of Fash­ion Event at the Mall of Emi­rates last Thurs­day, our cam­era is set up for a Face­book live in­ter­view. We called ac­tion and got her thoughts on a lit­tle bit of ev­ery­thing. Ex­cerpts from our chat with Alessan­dra.

Her thoughts on Dubai

Be­ing from Brazil, Dubai is a dream place (for me) to come to. Ev­ery time I come here, I go and tell my fam­ily (about the trip) and every­one wants to come with me. It’s an ex­otic and cos­mopoli­tan place, you can find any­thing. It’s very lux­u­ri­ous. The malls in Dubai are very in­cred­i­ble, and Mall of the Emi­rates has ev­ery­thing you need.

On be­ing a Vic­to­ria’s Se­cret An­gel

The high­lights have al­ways been do­ing the (Vic­to­ria’s Se­cret) fash­ion shows and wear­ing the fan­tasy bra. I got to do it twice so it was such an hon­our – it’s a spe­cial mem­ory in mind.

On how to bal­ance fam­ily, work and travel

What I try and do is be very se­lec­tive with work. Ob­vi­ously, my pri­or­i­ties are my two kids, so I’m al­ways there for them. But they know that their mummy has to work and she has to travel. When I can, I bring them with me, right now they are in school so I couldn’t bring them. But hope­fully, they will come to Dubai very soon be­cause when I was Face­tim­ing them yes­ter­day and I showed them a lit­tle bit where I was and they said, ‘Mum I want to go’ – so hope­fully next time they can come.

On so­cial me­dia

Every­one’s into it (so­cial me­dia), and it’s part of the game and you just have to go with the flow, I guess (laughs), and it’s fun. You can use it to show who you are, show your per­son­al­ity and the causes you be­lieve in, so I think it has its good and its bad, you know? Some­times, it’s a lot of ex­po­sure and also peo­ple can hear your thoughts and they can get a sneak peek into your life.

On what you should have in your closet

I’m a bikini lover, so I would say a swim­suit, al­ways. Any­where you go take a swim­suit and have a bunch of them in your closet. An­other thing is to have a leather jacket – a cool leather jacket. And also a favourite pair of jeans.

On guilty plea­sures

Well, I’m kind of hun­gry right now so I’m dream­ing of French fries. I like sweets, cup­cakes, ice-cream. Once a week, I’d like to have some­thing sweet. French fries, pizza and all the good stuff.

Be­ing from Brazil, Dubai is a dream place (for me) to come to. Ev­ery time I come here, I go and tell my fam­ily (about the trip) and every­one wants to come with me.” Alessan­dra Am­bro­sio

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