The Victoria Secret Shanghai Fashion Show airs today and in the spirit of things, we introduce our hot mama of the week, Alessandra Ambrosio; model, actress and mummy of two.
At the tender age of 14, Alessandra earned a top 20 spot for the Elite Model Look competition and later went on to grace the cover of Brazillian Elle which opened her up to the global world of modelling, eventually landing a gig on a GUESS? campaign.
Since then, the leggy Brazillian has appeared on numerous advertising campaigns for luxury brands, Gucci, Fendi, Gap and Moschino, walked the runway for Prada, Chanel, Bottega Veneta and Christian Dior and made the covers of magazines – Cosmopolitan, Elle, Harper’s Bazaar, Vogue and Glamour.
She launched a line of swimwear, Alessandra Ambrosio by Sais which sold 10,000 units in the first month of its launch. Ambrosio was the face of Brazilian sportswear, Colcci and then in 2014, she released her own fashion and lifestyle brand, Ále by Alessandra which caters to ages 18 to 35.
Alessandra was appointed as the first spokesperson for the Victoria’s Secret PINK line in 2006.
Three months after the birth of her first child, she walked the 2008 VS Fashion Show and opened the show the following year.
In 2011, she walked the runway with the heaviest wings ever made for the show while pregnant with her second child.
Words cannot describe how grateful I am to have been working for this amazing brand that inspires me and women all over the world. In my wildest dreams I would have never imagined doing 17 Victoria’s Secret Fashion Shows. Thank you Ed, and all my Victoria’s Secret family for making these memories unforgettable. Last night was so emotional to say goodbye to my #angel sisters but we put on the biggest and best show ever. I could not have done this without all the love and support from my fans. It gives me great pride to be part the Victoria’s Secret movement! I will always be cheering for you! Love you forever ❤️
In 2012, she was chosen to wear the Floral Fantasy Bra and the Dream Fantasy Bra in 2014.
The model is the ambassador for National Multiple Sclerosis Society, a non-profit organisation that advocates for the social and political change, funds research, provides and sponsors services to help those with multiple sclerosis.
Partner Jamie Mazu is the founder of RE/DONE jeans.
They have two beautiful children, Anja Louise Ambrosio Mazur, nine and Noah Phoenix Mazur, five.
Anja and Alessandra were both featured in Fergie’s music video for Milf Money.
A self-confessed fitness junkie, Alessandra takes the kids on regular morning hikes and fitness adventures.
This Victoria’s Secret icon announced right after the VS Fashion Show in Shanghai this year that she was retiring from the show after 17 years. The Shanghai show was her last show for the intimate clothing giant. We look forward to following her on her next adventure.
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Oriella Onni, Mummyfique’s peppy editorial assistant is navigating her way through life one glorious destination at a time. She loves exploring, music, crafts and cooking.