Adriana Lima

by ethnic on December 29, 2007

Place of Birth: Salvador, Bahia, Brazil

Date of Birth: 12 June, 1981

Ethnicity: Brazilian [Portuguese, Indigenous, Swiss, African, Japanese]

Adriana Lima is a Brazilian model and actress.

She stated on Fashion television that she is of Swiss, African, and Native American heritage. She has also said:

I’m [an] Afro-Brazilian… and my family [is also] mixed with Japanese, Black… and West Indian.

Her surname, Lima, is Portuguese. Brazil has a large Japanese community that has been established there since the early 1900s.

Some sites say that Adriana also has French ancestry.

A picture of Adriana’s father, Nelson Torres, can be seen here. A picture of Adriana’s mother can be seen here.

Adriana has two children with her former husband, Serbian professional basketball player Marko Jarić.

Adriana’s maternal grandfather was named Bertoldo Fontes Lima.


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Manila July 21, 2018 at 10:38 pm
luckystar February 28, 2018 at 7:13 pm

she considers herself afro brazilian

Samiiraa July 6, 2017 at 1:05 pm

Looking at her parents, she is mostly European. Not that “exotic” and not a pardo, in Brazil she is white.
I’d say she is 70% European 10% African, 8% Native + other.

blue April 6, 2017 at 3:33 pm

Her father name is Nelson Torres.

In Brasil are 10 or 15 millions people who are spanish decendents ,in Sao Paulo 1 of 4 people have spanish ancestry.

andrew April 7, 2017 at 5:02 am

Interesting article

stlucas April 7, 2017 at 6:09 am

According to the city of São Paulo’s official website, it currently has the largest Japanese, Spanish, and Portuguese (I really thought it was Rio) communities outside their own countries, as well as the third-largest Italian and Lebanese communities outside of Italy and Lebanon.

andrew July 4, 2017 at 12:54 pm

“Torres” is a tipically Spanish (Castillan) surname, it’s not Portuguese.

follers July 5, 2017 at 11:43 pm
andrew July 6, 2017 at 2:34 am

Yes, but much more common in Spain.

ashash July 6, 2017 at 8:48 am

Adriana Lima is the most beautiful woman in the world. Devon Aoki and Kristin Kreuk tie for second. This proves that mixed-race women are the best.

madman July 6, 2017 at 4:43 am

Spanish surnames generally end with Z, Portuguese end with S.

midori29 August 16, 2016 at 11:23 am

She is the prettiest Brazilian model ever so much better than Giselle Bundchen and she should have walked to represent Brazil in the Olympics that’s how you can tell Brazil is racist and has a colorism problem when they choose Giselle who has a horse face over this stunning model likely due to the fact that Giselle is German.

Adamina September 13, 2016 at 2:31 pm

I was shocked when I heard that Giselle was going to do the walk on the opening. It should’ve been Adriana

slowdive February 2, 2016 at 7:50 pm

Looks white in some pictures but looks mixed-race in some images.

hotvic January 11, 2016 at 3:42 pm

I think that japanese part is exaggeration

caroline February 24, 2016 at 8:04 am

I think it is very possible that she has Japanese in her background because Brazil does have a large population of Japanese since the 1900. She might not have the features because it’s all blended with the other traits over time from her parents or grand parents.

athelya November 25, 2015 at 10:34 am

she’s one of the prettiest girl i’ve ever seen tbh.

midori29 August 12, 2015 at 8:22 am

Adrianna Lima says she is part Afro Brazilian and she looks quite different with her natural kinky curly unstraightened hair.

cwm85 August 12, 2015 at 8:59 am

She is of Japanese, swiss and Portuguese descent too. And her hair looks curly. Not kinky.

suzana November 25, 2015 at 10:23 am

She is cute here , baby face …maybe younger or older photo

follers June 8, 2015 at 8:51 pm

Esti Ginzburg isn’t mixed race. Not sure about Ximena Duque.

arjanguelsk June 7, 2015 at 10:08 pm


stlucas June 7, 2015 at 12:52 pm

Some brazilians claim to be biracial, tri-racial or so when it might not be accurate. Probably because – generally speaking – many tend to ignore their actual origins.

I do believe that she is mixed, but I severely doubt about the japanese part (if I’m allowed to doubt about somebody else’s ancestry…). Same for Marlon Teixeira.

Apart from that, they are both stunning. ;)

caroline February 24, 2016 at 8:27 am

Of course. Most of the time when Japanese mix with other races for example with caucasian or of hispanic descent, because that is what I am (Japanese and Cuban), the child either looks like both parent or one of the parent. Some times the Asian features washes out all together. With adrienne Lima one of her parent or grand parent was probably hapa, one white and asian mix who probably intermingled with another race. That is why she is so beautiful because she has all those cultures in her.

Gurrl August 22, 2016 at 5:47 pm

Her father looks very European, he’s who Adriana got her light eyes from. He’s also the one i believe has the distant African heritage based on other pictures, but in this picture European is the only thing i see.
And he actually looks like he has Swiss heritage like she said, not just European ancestry from the Iberian region.

As for Adriana’s mother, it’s believable she could be part Japanese. She looks mestiza but the monogloid influence could be mixed with the Japanese as well.

andrew August 23, 2016 at 4:25 pm

are you sure this person ( is a man? I don’t think so. There are other pics of Adriana’s father on Google Images, and they show a thin and very tanned man with Caucasian features.

bablah August 24, 2016 at 7:47 am

It says ”Happy Father’s Day” in Portuguese. I doubt she would put a photo of her aunt under that caption.

alexgxo December 25, 2016 at 10:39 am

Andrew, that was when his father his young. He changed drastically when he grew up.

Anyways, I think Adriana is like 75% European, then probably 25% native/black. I read the Swiss blood comes from her father, I kind of doubt that as her area is not known for Swiss descendants. She passes as “exotic” white unless she wears her hair naturally curly then you kind of see it.

everyoneisthesame August 31, 2014 at 1:06 am

When she was young she dont looked white.

athelya November 25, 2015 at 10:28 am

she still doesn’t.. she still looks beautifully mixed.

flyleaf226 August 29, 2014 at 4:11 pm

I remember seeing her in an old picture she had with her grandmother. She was very very dark African woman. I admit when she was much younger you could see the African in her a lot better

Girll September 13, 2014 at 4:07 pm

Her mother:

I’d say her mother looks mestiza while her father looks mostly white with some black ancestry.

andrew September 13, 2014 at 4:11 pm

thats what I wrote time ago

scott December 3, 2014 at 7:34 am

are you serious? Both her parents look just white now I’m wondering how much non-European ancestry she really has it has must be less than 10%

Your Mom August 6, 2014 at 3:26 am

When She Was Younger You Could See The Black And Native American In Her. She Just Looks White With A Tan Now.

ssempre August 5, 2014 at 7:32 pm

She looks eastern European. I always confuse her and Barbara Palvin.

xnasirah August 5, 2014 at 5:04 pm

She is beautiful, thats the only thing that matters

Check7t July 31, 2014 at 8:32 am

She looked more mixed when she was younger, she looks white now.

shobohunter July 30, 2014 at 12:27 am

Adriana Lima does not look white at all. if she was in Western Europe she would get confused for a arab or something.
she look s..American Latin American.

Betta Franka September 29, 2014 at 8:42 pm

She looks as Latin American as every single person in this world.

athelya November 25, 2015 at 10:30 am

no one in western europe would confuse her for an arab.. maybe just you? lol xD

shobohunter July 30, 2014 at 12:17 am

to ShawntheGod

(She looks fully white and I often get her confused
with Iryna Shayk)

iryna shayk is not fully white either. she is half Tatar
they belongs to turanik race/ethnicity. they are central Asian
they look like Asian and are mostly Muslim.
lookinto it.

Pedroo July 29, 2014 at 11:37 am

Im brazillian.

A genetic study of the population of Salvador confirmed that the largest genetic contribution to the city’s African (49.2%), followed by Europe (36.3%) and Indian (14.5%). The study also concluded that individuals who own surname with religious overtones tend to have higher degree of African ancestry (54.9%) and belong to the lower social classes.

White people famous in Salvador:

Ivete Sangalo (99.2% European, 0.4% Indigenous and 0.4% African), Marcos Palmeira (93% European, 5.5% Indigenous and African remainder), Luiza Brunet (80% of European ancestry, 15 5% of the African and Amerindian ancestry rest) and Zeca Camargo (96.5% European, 2.6% and only 0.9% indigenous African).,,MUL43530-5603,00.html

Pedroo July 29, 2014 at 11:49 am


Ivete Sangalo (99.2% European, 0.4% Indigenous and 0.4% African), Marcos Palmeira (93% European, 5.5% Indigenous and African remainder), Luiza Brunet (80% of European ancestry, 15 , 5% Amerindian) and Zeca Camargo (96.5% European, 2.6% indigenous and 0.9% African).,,MUL43530-5603,00.html

deadite July 29, 2014 at 1:45 pm

Marcos Palmeira and Luiza Brunet are white? LOL your link not work,liar

deadite July 27, 2014 at 11:03 pm
deadite July 27, 2014 at 10:59 pm

she looks what she is,mixed

ShawntheGod July 27, 2014 at 3:47 am

She looks fully white and I often get her confused with Iryna Shayk.

shobohunter July 30, 2014 at 12:17 am

to ShawntheGod

(She looks fully white and I often get her confused
with Iryna Shayk)

iryna shayk is not fully white either. she is half Tatar
they belongs to turanik race/ethnicity. they are central Asian
they look like Asian and are mostly Muslim.
lookinto it.

deadite July 30, 2014 at 9:26 am

none of them are white

ssempre July 4, 2014 at 10:36 pm

She is white passing, honestly her native, Japanese, and african ancestry is probably very distant

Princess June 12, 2014 at 8:22 pm

She looks just White to me. She’s pretty. I like her better than Rosie and Candace.

Princess June 12, 2014 at 8:23 pm


strawberry20 June 10, 2014 at 4:50 pm

also it pisses me off when always says ohh he/she doen’t look like whetever their ethnicity is. and they ought of look like african ,asian ,or hispanic is plain stupid or whatever ethnicity should look like. people needs to learn we are not the same people we all are different in our ways. some people may look like that ethnicity and may not even remotely have it…. ugh get a lifee in this world there are many people who might look alike and relate or even have the background.

strawberry20 June 10, 2014 at 4:30 pm

she’s such an exotic beauty. that’s why i love her she and Rihanna. they’re all are mixture of everything into one. i hate ignorant ass people judging then by their looks. not every body can be the same ughh

midori29 June 10, 2014 at 12:32 pm

This is how Adrianna Lima really looks without straightening her hair.Some people say she may be as much as 50% black

pookerella July 4, 2014 at 10:23 pm

So what? Looks like she’s a 3A to me. Lots of Brazilian girls are 3A. She is very far from being African.

midori29 June 10, 2014 at 12:25 pm

Adrianna straightens her hair. Her real hair is very thick curly bushy and very African influenced. Google the pics.

Princess June 8, 2014 at 8:32 pm

She looks 90% Black.

PandaCutie May 17, 2014 at 7:59 pm

Really guys? You’re not very smart at all.
I do samba dance and afro-brazilian dancing. One of our teachers is from Salvador Bahia and we have plenty of drummers coming from that area. I can vouch and say that the majority of the population in Salvador Bahia are of African-Descent. Brazil has the 2nd largest African population next to Africa itself.

You all need to pick up a book and read it. Slavery wasn’t just in the US, it was all over the Islands and Latin America. Educate yourself please.

Adriana Lima has African ancestry….shes just like 90% of Brazilians, shes fucking mixed. Get over it.

J420 March 13, 2015 at 6:48 am

Brazil is around 40% White, so no.. it’s not 90% mixed.

shobohunter April 14, 2014 at 12:21 pm

she is not your typical white girl. she doesn’t represent Sanderd white European Aryan beauty. she look Brazilian. and exotic.

shobohunter April 4, 2014 at 12:49 am

nothing black about her.. she doesn’t look black or white. there are others race besides white and blackss.

noo African. nothing white
if you wants to claim her. and feel good about yourself so you can do that…

manzukic March 27, 2014 at 12:12 pm

It was found out she lied about her heritage and she has zero African or Japanese blood, and that there is a chance she has no Native Brazilian blood. She is pretty much a white girl.

Ana April 21, 2014 at 8:08 pm

Adriana is from Salvador, BA. A place with strong Africa-American, Native-American and Portuguese roots. She’s probably descended from the three, like most of the brazilians

shobohunter May 17, 2014 at 4:56 am

pure assumptions. prof it.
American Also have black but are all American mixed?

she is as black as charlize thereon. south African actress.
she doesn’t look typical white and black.
anything exotic some people happy to claim.
Portuguese mixed with native.

PandaCutie May 17, 2014 at 8:01 pm

Dude you’re dumb…
Wtf is that supposed to mean? Adriana Lima does have BLACK AFRICAN DESCENT! go read up the history of Brazil before you start spitting that nonsense.

midori29 June 10, 2014 at 12:23 pm

She has African ancestry believe that. With all of this racism no one would lie about African admixture. If anything they would hide that fact.

ihatemostpeople February 4, 2014 at 8:57 am

She’s so beautiful and exotic.

ayah January 14, 2014 at 4:03 am

Adriana Lima : Ethnicity is Native american, African, Portuguese, French, Japanese , Caribbean,Swiss, and Indian .

adriana lima imdb : ref_=nm_ov_bio_sm

smiley January 13, 2014 at 2:09 am

Her eyes are more blue-grey than green-grey.
I think she looks like she could be 3/4 white 1/4 black.
Not that she’s lying about the Native or Japanese. But her facial features to me look European with strong African influences in the nose and lips.

smiley January 13, 2014 at 2:12 am

Like Jessica Szohr. She’s 3/4 white 1/4.

J.J. March 2, 2014 at 7:05 pm

you’re unbelievably stupid smiley, there’s no such thing as ‘grey-blue’ eyes, grey eyes are a light misty blue and come under the blue category, so an eye is either grey or a more obvious blue, but the reason why her eyes are grey/green, is because they’re a misty icy blue but have yellow tones in them when observed up close which can make them look like a light misty green, so therefore they’re grey/green not grey-green or grey-blue

smiley March 20, 2014 at 4:43 pm

“grey eyes are a light misty blue ”
No, grey is between black and white.
“Grey or gray is an intermediate color between black and white. Grey is a neutral or achromatic color, meaning literally that it is a color without color.”
According to google: “of a color intermediate between black and white, as of ashes or an overcast sky.”

J.J. March 20, 2014 at 7:28 pm

and once again smiley you’ve single-handedly made your self look like a complete and utter dick by choosing to debate something to which you know nothing about, eyes are never the true colour of grey in between black and white, but what colloquial definitions of eye colour have established is that pale, misty or icy blue eyes do look slightly grey and in certain lighting conditions can resemble more of a steel grey colour so therefore light/pale blue eyes are branded the title of grey, however the most pale of eye colours are light green iris’s quite like Adriana’s and Bradley cooper’s which look like an extremely pale blue from distance and a misty light green up close which is why grey/green is a perfect definition, technically speaking grey eyes do come under the blue category, but of course you can’t process that in your thick uneducated mind since you clearly think people with grey eyes have pure steel colouration in their iris

smiley March 21, 2014 at 12:37 am


smiley March 21, 2014 at 12:49 am

Here’s an article on the science between grey vs. blue eyes:

smiley March 21, 2014 at 12:52 am

The website the article where the article above is found is sponsored by Stanford University.

J.J. March 21, 2014 at 7:09 am

I’m quite familiar with that article which is being very optimistic and talking about the subject in a ‘ray of sunshine’ manner, realistically the major factor determining a persons eye colour is the amount of pigment in the iris, grey eyes occur when mixing light films of brown/gold pigment over a true/deep blue eye causing it to go misty/pale coloured and as more pigment grows the eye then gradually turns green then to amber the hazel and then to the deeper browns. Haven’t you ever wondered why babies are born with deep blue/violet coloured eyes which will gradually turn a lighter blue with age and can go on to be green or light brown (amber or hazel). The truth is, there is no such thing as ‘true grey eyes’ it’s always just a misty blue which is a blue eye that contains very mild amount of pigments and as that article states there hasn’t been much research done on the differences between blue and grey eyes because they’re virtually the same, as I’ve said time and time again there are only 3 true eye colours, blue, green and brown. grey & violet come under blue and amber & hazel come under brown, I’ve explained myself an immense amount of times that I’m not some dickhead troll who knows nothing and chooses to make a mockery of this website, I don’t see what else I have to prove, I know about eye colours, my contributions shouldn’t be ridiculed

smiley March 21, 2014 at 11:53 pm

There is no such a thing as “gold pigment” the eyes only contain dark brown/black pigment. The way the light reflects through the eye causes different colors.
“I’m not some dickhead troll who knows nothing and chooses to make a mockery of this website”

Actually you are. If not then provide links with scientific information rather than just repeating your opinions. But I know you won’t because you’re purposefully trolling to make people mad.

J.J. March 22, 2014 at 4:47 pm

haha that’s rich; “purposely trolling to make people mad”, I think I have better things to do with my time than try to bother pathetic people like you smiley

Sky January 7, 2014 at 10:51 am

Attractive and cute.

indo December 19, 2013 at 6:15 pm

i didnt know she was half black.

guurl December 19, 2013 at 7:15 pm

She’s not. She’s multi-racial. No one knows the exact percentages of each of her ethnicities though.

jadaaaah December 22, 2013 at 6:56 pm

she is Afro- Brazilian. She said it herself in an interview.

guurl December 23, 2013 at 12:57 am

She is multi-racial of Afro-Brazilian descent. She said she was a mix also.

aaa December 13, 2013 at 7:06 am

She is nothing exotic to me,she looks just multiracial like the most brazilian women

jtempo November 29, 2013 at 12:34 am

Why people (mostly USA people) act so surprise that she has mixture of a little bit of African is funny. C’mon, people. Wake up, many of us Afro-Brazilians or other Afro-latinos have so much mixtures (usually European (Spainish y Portugal, etc), Centro or South American Indian, and African) that spans so many generations within our families. Goes back to when they bring the African slaves to our countries, then we mixed with the Amerindian Natives there y Spanish, Italian, and French people, too. This goes back to many years like 1700 or 1800s. Even we have the Japanese workers that \came over and populated with the mixed people. That’s why so many of us are mixed. Some have more mixture of African, some have more mixture of other groups (Spainiards or Indians). Many of the mulatto offsprings had babies with other mulatto offsprings . This happen more often than the USA. USA African people tend not to mix as much , I think because the interracial relationships were sort of illegal there for many generations. We in the latin countires have been mixing so often and much longer than the USA, that is why. Also our countries in the latin or Caribbeans were colonized by the Spaniards, French, etc. Southern Europeans.
The USA was colonized byt the English or Irish. Northern Europeans.
That’s why our mulattos look a little more different than the USA mulattos. jaja. Maybe? DNA genetiucs are funny that way. Que no? Lima es muy buenita!

truescience November 29, 2013 at 12:24 pm

Adriana Lima do have black ancestry. Afro latinos do look black and they can pass as any black american. Your English is really good but you Spanish is really bad. If you translate it in English what you wanted to say about Adriana Lima: Lima is most good.
US History:
When black women were slaves in th US they were force to have sex with white men. Sadly in did not end when slavery stop. You can still see the brothels in New Orleans where black women used to work. It was a horrible history and she never be forgotten.
Unlike Europeans and Africans, US whites and blacks are not 100% white or black. They are two studies made in US population:
1. Racial Disparities in Head and Neck Cancer
Author: Henry Ford Health System
Subject Category: Cancer and Tumors
Publish Date: Disabled World – Sep 26, 2010 | Updated: Sep 26, 2010
The study included 358 patients; 37 percent were African American.
Only 5 percent of self-reported African Americans had more than 95 percent West African ancestry, with 27 percent having less than 60 percent West African ancestry. By comparison, 52 percent who self-reported as Caucasian had less than 95 percent European American ancestry.

2.The Use of Racial, Ethnic, and Ancestral Categories in Human Genetics Research. Am J Hum Genet. 2005 October
In the United States, for example, most people who self-identify as African American have some European ancestors—in one analysis of genetic markers that have differing frequencies between continents, European ancestry ranged from an estimated 7% for a sample of Jamaicans to ~23% for a sample of African Americans from New Orleans (Parra et al. 1998). Similarly, many people who identify as European American have some African or Native American ancestors, either through openly interracial marriages or through the gradual inclusion of people with mixed ancestry into the majority population. In a survey of college students who self-identified as “white” in a northeastern U.S. university, ~30% were estimated to have <90% European ancestry (Shriver et al. 2003). .

jtempo November 29, 2013 at 5:22 pm

My Spanish is bad? Por que, pendeja? jaja
Just kidding, yes pero my English is good that is true. I’m bilingual. Grew up in both parts of the Americas and schools from being young to now.

But, why are you telling me all this stuff about Afro-latinos y Afro-Latinas? Also, you’ve just repeat what I said about Lima having a little African heritage, tambien. I already know all this things.
Yes, Afro-Latinos do look black and can pass for some American African people. But, not all. They are different admixtgure levels for for them. Some may have more African in them, some may have less African in them. Also the European blood tends to be southern European (Iberian/Spain, Portuguese, Italian, French, etc) down in the Latin countries due to colinizations over the centuries.
USA tends to have the northern European like British irish.
The Amerindians of the north were a little more different than the Natives down in the latin county. Related yes, but now the same. Cherokees and Arawaks stuff like that were a little different. So the mulattos of USA and Latin America look different mostly for the most part.
Depends where you go. Like in the West Indies. Many of them are mixed already and have for many centries.
People in countries like Puerto Rico, they tend to have more of the Native and European blood and more diluted African blood or just a perfect combination of all 3 races. Same for Mexico, Peru, Velenzuela, Argentina, part of Brazil, Suriname, etc place like that.
Some may have more African blood and less mixtures like people in Jamaica, Haiti, Cuba, parts of Brazil, parts of Dominican Rep, etc place like that.
Many Afro-Latinos for the most part are triracials and tend to have wider mixtures compared to USA mulattos.

I already know that mixing took place in the USA due to rape and a few but not a lot of interracial marriages to the slave days. New Orleans, LA, the Creoles were there yes. Don’t forget some of them also came from the Caribbeans, Santo Domingo, Martinique, other pplaces down there. But, yes, I know the history of the Creoles, we have them in the latino countires, tambien. They were usually of French, African, Spanish, and Native descent.
The racial mixing for the most part wasn’t as huge in the USA as it was in the latino countries back in the slavery days. USA was just a little slower in things like that and also got rid of the slave law later.
Most USA Blacks to have other bloods in their DNA, yes. Like 20% or something, yes. And some tend to date only among themselves for a long time.
In the Latin countries the mulattos tend to have more %s of other mixture, because the mixing has been going on for so long even beyond past 1 generation, it goes more.

the self reporting that USA people do tend to go by the 1 drop rule they had their many years ago. A mulatto o mulatta will call them selves African American sometimes.
So I could see why for that 27% jaja.

But, why comment to me? My original comment was to people here surprised that Lima has a little African heritage. That was the point, not to debate over other petty things. jaja. Take it easy, happy Thanksgiving, mami.

truescience November 29, 2013 at 7:06 pm

First you try to pretend you were from Latin America.
1. You can fool other but not me.You did not grow in Latin America and never have travel there. Have you ever been to Argentina they are white and in Peru you see alot of mestizos,asians and later blacks? 2.You Spanish is too bad for that.
Second you never study Latin America history. STOP READING THINGS FROM THE INTERNET. IT MAKE YOU SOUND IGNORANT. All countries in latin american are different from each other. They do not share the same culture or history.
3.Most african in the USA and most whites americans are mixed because that happen when population live nearby.Just because you look white does not mean your genetic map will be the same.Not because I want to but because DNA are showing that.
4.What I trying to tell you is because a person look a certain way does mean his/her genetic map does.
Craig Cobb white supramacist look white but he had 14% african and he look white.
CPlease stop reading Wikipedia. You anyone an edit that.
Adriana Lima is not only african, she is also Japanese, native american and white. That make her a mestiza, mulata and zamba but not african.She has everything in her.African is a term that will deny her other heritages.

truescience November 29, 2013 at 7:14 pm

Most of Argentina and Uruguay population are white. In Peru they are mestizos, asians and later black.Each country is different but you still see white, asians, blacks, mestizos, mulatos, zambos in all latin american country.Also they are jewish, arabs and in Santos Domingo they are many are black.Travel more often.

jtempo December 1, 2013 at 3:06 am

Woa! Wait? I’m trying to pretend that Im Latino? Hows so, puta? jaja. No my Spanish ios not bad for that. Argentina y Peru? No, we never lived down there to far south. Do you even know me? Are you from latin countries your self. My mother is Mestiza (Spanish and Mayan blood) mestiza. My father is from the West Indies and he is mixed for many generations with African, Spanish, French and Native (Arawak) mullatos that goes all the way back to my great grandparents and others. Pretend? Phk you. You don’t even know me to claim what I am. Why are you replyng all to me when all I said was that Lima has African roots to people who were surprised by that fact. Now you want to make it personel with me and deny my latino heritage? Que malo? What is wrong with you, pendeja? jaja. Now you want to troll and harass me with things like that on Thanksgiving weekends. Pero I see that you have already been here talking back and forth with all kinds of people here already for weeks. Now I know whom I dealing with. jaja. Get a life, mami. Yo soy latino and you can’t do anything about that, mami. You cant take away my Africa, Spanish, French, native and other roots. I don’t know your agenda pero its kinda obvious now. You trolling and harrasing people for what. Dont know. I’ve been to Mexico where I was born and my madre is from. She grew up there. We lived in Guatemala tambien. But, why should I tell you all these things about my life culera? jaja. Then you insult my Spanish? You a teacher or something like that? Shit, I typed here a few days ago drunk because Thanksgiving, did I mispell something. I Know a whole lot about the latin countries, we’ve been and lived there mostly central america. My Spanish is bad. Pleasse. jaja. I know what the pfk Lima is mixed with all those things. Wikipedia? I dont read that stuff. Don’t need to dont truss it I speak for personal experience. Pretend mi culo, you crazy culera. jaja. I don’t know what direction you going with. or why you picking a arguement with me? For what? I said nothing to get this from you. Craig Cobb and all that other stuff you told me I dont care about. I also went to school in the states (Texas, California, and New Mexico) got familly there too from my mother’s side. I know the different countries are different history culturaly racially from each other and many have trends even genetically. I said all that in my first post, go read it again. I speak English here because people here are typing English, sometimes the Spanish slips out. It’s natural for us. You make a big deal about my Spanish? Loca….

The USA people are mixed yes, but many are not as mixed as the ones in the many latin countries who have been mixing for a long time, plus many were colinized by different types of Europeans and different natives. I already know about Argentina being mostly blanco (Germans mostly) and Peru with the mestizos. You telling me sht I already know, mama. I already know about the Jews, Arabs, Asians, Mestizos, zambos, every thing down there. Again, you repaet the same stuff I was telling =other people here. Why you tyelling me something I already said? i dont know, go bug somebody else or keep arguing with yourself loca. jaja. have a good weekend, mami.

jtempo December 1, 2013 at 3:20 am

I said nothing about her only being African, where you get that? You have me mistaken for somebody else you been debating with all month long on here. jaja. Like 5 different people or something like that. Take a break from here. You are here too much maybe? jaja. loca…..

fbwfeiwb November 28, 2013 at 11:51 pm

And of course, as I expected, there are people who think she looks white so she must not have much non-white blood in her. If you actually look at her, you can tell she is part black, as are many Brazilians. Most have black ancestry – even the white ones.
Remember, ‘race’ and ethnicity isn’t just in the skin colour.

J.J. November 28, 2013 at 7:40 pm

correction; her eyes are grey/green and her hair is dark brown (brunette)

J.J. November 28, 2013 at 7:35 pm

correction; I’m going to point out her name Adriana & her middle name Francesca are both latin and her surname lima is Portuguese, it’s evident she’s obviously got Portuguese blood and possibly Spanish, I think Portuguese should be listed in her ethnicity due to her surname and the fact that she’s Brazilian, it could be listed as Hispanic/latino Brazilian or Portuguese-Brazilian. I also think that the indian should be taken away form the native American as native americans are not Indians, they were given that title by mistake and it has just caught on, but the way it’s written one could mistake her for being part actual indian.

Daisuke November 21, 2013 at 6:48 pm

If she say’s she’s japanese then she’s japanese.

luluz September 20, 2013 at 8:48 pm

she is pretty i guess she took more after the whites genes than black and native. love her eyes

mom of three October 8, 2013 at 11:56 pm

anyone realize south , central and mexico consists of many mestizos. Hispanics mean mix breed. Why some latinos and mexicans are so damn hot is because they have native indian blood in then. Native indian genes are asian genes so shut the fuck up.

truescience November 21, 2013 at 4:21 pm

Brazilian are not hispanic.Hispanic refer to the origin of a language.Brazil is consider a latin american country not a hispanic country.The U.S government does consider hispanic a race.Many people in the world do have native,black and white blood and they are not consider hispanic.Shakira,Don Francisco and Pope are people with no native or african ancestry but are hispanic.New studies coming out are showing that white and black americans have native american ancestry.Johnny Depp in many interviews have said that he has native american ancestry.He also have black ancestry.According to your definition he is hispanic and Shakira and Don Francisco are not.

fuzzybear44 November 22, 2013 at 7:09 am


(Shakira,Don Francisco and Pope are people with no native or african ancestry but are hispanic)

Did you give these people a DNA test?

guurl November 27, 2013 at 1:56 am

are you trying to imply that they have African heritage fuzzy?

justme November 27, 2013 at 5:22 am


So what are we going to do with all the studies that are showing that most white and black americans are mixed or little mixed(if it may you feel better)?
Are we going to start calling them hispanics or latinos. Look at those studies and they are even accepted by the US government. Do you know have difficult is for US government to accept a study or by other doctors?
It is the dream of any researcher to be published by them. It means that you study was done correctly.

justme November 27, 2013 at 5:10 am

mom of three:

Brazilians are not hispanic.They are latin but are not consider hispanic. That is not the definition of hispanic. Even Wikipedia got it right. You should buy an Encyclopedia.

Really? November 16, 2013 at 6:22 am

Really? This is such an ignorant comment; people like you cause people to hate what they are.

truescience November 21, 2013 at 4:25 pm

I know.I never seen a comment so ignorant.How come somebody do not know that Brazilian are not hispanic?

fbwfeiwb November 28, 2013 at 11:54 pm

No, she’s pretty because she is mixed-race. There are mixed black and white women who are more beautiful than Adriana Lima e.g. Paula Patton, Emanuela de Paula (Brazilian) and Beyonce. Of course this is my opinion though.

BlueMarAzul September 3, 2013 at 9:35 pm

Adriana Lima’s real surname is TORRES, she uses her mother’s surname LIMA. Torres is an Spanish surname and Lima is an Spanish and Portuguese surname. Her parents are MESTIZOS which means EUROPEAN + NATIVE AMERICAN (AMERINDIAN), and when I refer EUROPEAN is not just Spanish or Portuguese, in Latin America are German/French/Italian/Danish/Swiss/Spanish/Portuguese, etc. MIXED with NATIVE AMERICAN, mestizos are the most common people in All Latin America.

No black in her.


fuzzybear44 September 4, 2013 at 3:36 am


mestizo just meant mixed.If you notice,the definition keeps changing.First it just meant Mixed,then it meant Spanish and native,Then European and Native.Also in many cases,those people had African blood in them,and according to DNA test,the avg one still does.They could have Asian blood or even Hindu(and right now,I’m just talking about Mexicans).If you go to other countries in Latin America like lets say Venezuela,mestizo has it’s original meaning(mixed).At least that’s what I’m told by the Venezuelans I talk to.So until it’s proven otherwise,she’s part African just like a whole lot of other people down there.

truescience November 21, 2013 at 4:37 pm

Great can you let me know where the studies are?As a scientist who work in mental health area we do not have any reliable studies coming from Latin American.The studies that are coming are from the US,Israel and Europe.All studies are being made for deseases in certain type of population.Jewish DNA differ from non Jewish.According to the latest studies coming from the US most whites have native american or/black blood.So the story about my dark italian grandparent that many white americans like to believe must be my african grandparent.

fuzzybear44 November 22, 2013 at 5:01 am


(Great can you let me know where the studies are?)

I can’t tell where they are at now,but I can tell you it was by a Mexican geneticist ,named Ricardo M. Cerda-Flores.I put the information on here about two yrs ago,and I’m not about to go looking for it again.Feel free to do it yourself.

(As a scientist who work in mental health area we do not have any reliable studies coming from Latin American.)

If saying you were a mental health professional was supposed to impress me,it didn’t work.It had the same affect as a commercial,with 3 out of 5 doctors,saying chewing this type gum lowers your blood pressure.

(Jewish DNA differ from non Jewish.According to the latest studies coming from the US most whites have native american or/black blood.)

I’m not really focus on Jews right now,however the studies I’ve seen on whites,says most don’t have native blood. Although studies do say 1-3 have African heritage,at 2.9-20% with the avg being 2.9%.There are those on here who disagree with that,and that is their right.

(So the story about my dark italian grandparent that many white americans like to believe must be my african grandparent.)

This sounds like your own personal problem.If you don’t want to believe your grandparents may have African ancestry,then don’t.However for the record,if your a white person who has African ancestry,that’s exactly what it means,(Ancestry).It does not make you an African.You don’t have to be scared.

truescience November 26, 2013 at 11:01 am

This are three studies. None of them are from Wikipedia(anyone can edit that).None were did you get you fake study? Two of them have been published by the US government.
1. Racial Disparities in Head and Neck Cancer
Author: Henry Ford Health System
Subject Category: Cancer and Tumors
Publish Date: Disabled World – Sep 26, 2010 | Updated: Sep 26, 2010
Since self-reported race doesn’t always offer a complete picture of a person’s biologic make-up, Dr. Worsham and her colleagues set out to compare patients’ self-reported race with their genetic ancestry to determine if there is any connection to head and neck cancer outcomes.
The study included 358 patients; 37 percent were African American.
Only 5 percent of self-reported African Americans had more than 95 percent West African ancestry, with 27 percent having less than 60 percent West African ancestry. By comparison, 48 percent who self-reported as Caucasian had more than 95 percent European American ancestry.
Study results will be presented Sept. 26 at the American Academy of Otolaryngology–Head & Neck Surgery Foundation Annual Meeting in Boston.

2.The Use of Racial, Ethnic, and Ancestral Categories in Human Genetics Research
In the United States, for example, most people who self-identify as African American have some European ancestors—in one analysis of genetic markers that have differing frequencies between continents, European ancestry ranged from an estimated 7% for a sample of Jamaicans to ~23% for a sample of African Americans from New Orleans (Parra et al. 1998). Similarly, many people who identify as European American have some African or Native American ancestors, either through openly interracial marriages or through the gradual inclusion of people with mixed ancestry into the majority population. In a survey of college students who self-identified as “white” in a northeastern U.S. university, ~30% were estimated to have <90% European ancestry (Shriver et al. 2003). . Am J Hum Genet. 2005 October; 77(4): 519–532. online 2005 August 29. PMCID: PMC1275602
3. Kittles, R. A. & Weiss, K. M. (2003) Race, ancestry, and genes: implications for defining disease risk. Annu Rev Genomics Hum Genetetic. Look for that one.

truescience November 26, 2013 at 11:11 am

By the Gisele Bunchen was born in Brazil. Is not in Europe and Don Francisco was born in Germany(son of german jews). His family escape the Holocaust.He came to live to Chile. The Pope was born in Argentina.And Luis Miguel was born to European family. By the way did you know that Don FRancisco got the award of Latino of the century?
Did you the Pope have a ship name after him in Latin America.Also several song are being writing for him in Latin America. That tell you that latinos(900 millions) do not care what you definition of latino is.The US government agree with the definition that latino/hispanic is not a race but a culture. You never spoke with Venezuelas and I travel alot around world. Do not confuse people born here and that they have never travel.Also each country is different.

justme November 26, 2013 at 2:25 pm

Thank you for the studies. Most people like to pretend that they read a study and write a few percentages in their comments. But they cannot name a reliable source. The DNA tests are showing that we are more mixed that what we want to believe. Science cannot be stop.

Also this one of the hottest woman but this one the worst pictures I have seen of her.

justme November 27, 2013 at 5:46 am

Read those studies. They are showing that most white and african americans are not 100%. Not all just most. That means that they are people who are 100%.
I know more studies are more coming out.
If the Nazis were alive do you think they are going to waste their time looking at the size of you head? They just go directly to the DNA test and many white americans may not pass. Do you have studies made in white european population?

truescience November 29, 2013 at 12:37 pm

Yes, I do but they are not English. I agree that it is not one of her best pictures.

luluz September 20, 2013 at 8:46 pm

lol but i guess she has more white blood in her like 75-85% cuz the average mestiza girls i see everyday don’t look like her.

truescience November 21, 2013 at 4:52 pm

True.For example actress Carol Channing,Trioan Bellisario,Michael Fosberg are famous people whose one parent that was black and the other one white.Look at them they are white.Craig Cobb just discovet that he have african DNA(14%).You can have until a certain percentage and look white and have white kids.Unless you a recent immigrant you might have african,jewish or native blood.

fuzzybear44 November 22, 2013 at 7:12 am


Since you mention Craig Cobb,here’s his DNA results:

truescience November 26, 2013 at 11:15 am

You can cry everything you want to but it will not change the fact that is was view around world. Someone write an article and post in the internet and you believe in what they said. Or either you are naive or just born yesterday. So I can sell you a brdge in Brooklyn. Please get study that can be verify or that belong to the US govenment.Even if you have to pay for that.

truescience November 26, 2013 at 11:40 am

More studies are coming out. The reason we do those studies is for Health Issues.What I am showing you is hard to find on Internet but if you go the library or the The National Center for Biotechnology Information. I get it because I work in the health area.English is not my language. You will find alot of fake studies on the internet.I can show you another one. By the way the names that are between are the names of the researcher and the year the study was made. The second one is recopilation of many studies.You can look white, black, asian or mestizo but it is your genes that can decide certain type of illness. That is they are important. Stop trying to make racist comments.

andrew November 22, 2013 at 2:47 pm

for “true”science

coz they have mixed-race parents, not black. If you mix a full black person with a white one, you won’t have a white looking kid
About Cobb, we must be very careful with these sensational news, media are alwais hungry of this stuff, they don’t mind if it’s true or not (once they said Hitler had African genes too)

truescience November 26, 2013 at 11:16 am

He cannot change his DNA.He have black ancestry.

justme November 26, 2013 at 2:19 pm

Some of them look totally white. I have seen children who are blond, blue eyes and one of their parent is black. Is not very common but it can happen.

Bychance37 October 27, 2013 at 6:19 pm

Sorry to break it to you but there is a video of her on YouTube speaking about her black heritage.

I don’t understand why everyone wants to exclude her black heritage. I’m sure she knows what she’s mixed with so let’s leave it at that.

guurl November 27, 2013 at 1:55 am

She acknowledges all of her heritages. She is multi-ethnic and there is no need to single out one of her many ethnicities she is mixed with.

blah448 September 3, 2013 at 1:31 am

She’s black the end…

luluz September 20, 2013 at 8:43 pm

she doesn’t even look black even a half ,her looks evolved from something different. plus she claims all her races not just black

Bychance37 October 27, 2013 at 6:22 pm

In certain photos I can see that she’s mixed with black. But yes she is a mixture, not one thing discounts the other. She is a beautiful woman of color.

daitoushoutou July 26, 2013 at 2:43 pm

I did some searches about in Portuguese concerning Adriana Lima on Google, Bing, and Yahoo, and several Brazilian blogs and websites also write that Adriana Lima has Japanese ancestry (ascendência japonesa).

It does not necessarily make it true – these Brazilian blogs and websites may be just reporting what Lima herself has said – but, on the other hand, it cannot be dismissed out of hand.

Besides Adriana Lima, a number of Brazilian models, including one of the world’s leading male models, Marlon Teixeira (1/2 Portuguese, 1/4 Amerindian, 1/4 Japanese), are part Japanese. Teixeira’s Japanese ancestry has been widely reported in Brazilian blogs and websites:

Their Japanese family names immediately give away the Japanese ancestry of Brazilian models Aline Nakashima (she appeared in the 2006 and 2007 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Edition issues) and Juliana Imai:

On the other hand, the Portuguese surname of Brazilian model Stefani Medeiros gives no hint of her actual heritage, which is 1/2 Italian and 1/2 Japanese:

By the way, what happened to Stefani Medeiros? She was a teenage sensation in Brazil several years ago.

Here are some photo shoots from 2012 and 2013 of a grownup Stefani Medeiros:

She may not be a household name (yet) in the English-speaking world, but especially in her native Argentina (Brazil’s next-door neighbor), much of Hispanic America, Brazil, Spain, Italy, Israel, etc., model, actress, singer, and dancer Eugenia Suárez aka China Suárez (born María Eugenia Suárez Riveiro on March 9, 1992 in Buenos Aires, Argentina) enjoys fame. She frequently mentions her late Japanese maternal grandmother (making Suárez one quarter Japanese):

(Eugenia Suárez’s nickname “China,” among other thing, comes from her being part Japanese, her “Chinese looking eyes,” “China” being much shorter to say than “Japonesa,” and the general confusion of all “Asians” – i.e., East Asians and Southeast Asians – being “Chinese.”)

In homage to her late Japanese grandmother, Eugenia Suárez has “Japanese Blood” (yes, it is in English) tattooed on the back of her neck:

Look at how many followers she has on Twitter:

As of the date and time of this comment, Eugenia “China” Suárez has 1,120, 241 followers on Twitter.

guurl July 22, 2013 at 4:04 am

Adriana Lima’s mother looks like a mestizo, while her father looks mainly European but I believe he also has African too. I Don’t know where the Japanese comes into play, but Adriana states she is also part Japanese and I wouldn’t just dismiss it. She is also Portuguese. So: African, Native American, Swiss, Portuguese, and Japanese. She definitely has an exotic look to her. My favorite Victoria’s secret model.

theropod July 17, 2013 at 8:09 am

In one interview she’s saying Japanese, in the other she’s saying African. I think she’s claiming these ethnicities so she can be seen as ‘exotic’.

She does look like a classical European and native Indian mix (just those) if anything. So do her parents – I don’t see any African or Japanese in them (lol, come on)…

The sites that claim her to be Portuguese have to be true. I’ve seen so many Portuguese women that resemble her.

I thought she was a full Spaniard before though…

fuzzybear44 July 18, 2013 at 4:53 am


(I think she’s claiming these ethnicities so she can be seen as ‘exotic’.)

Seriously doubt that,she comes from a country known to have African mixed up in the pot.Also why lie about the Japanese,there is no point.If you learn anything from this site,learn that your outside appearance,doesn’t always tell the full story.

guurl July 22, 2013 at 4:09 am

Brazil is very multi ethnic. She looks exotic by the mixes for sure, although her European is very apparent yes.

daitoushoutou July 26, 2013 at 10:39 am

Adriana Lima was born in Salvador, Bahia, Brazil on June 12, 1981. Salvador is a center of Afro-Brazilian culture in Brazil, including the African-originated religion of candomblé:,_Bahiaé

Candomblé’s counterpart in Cuba is santería, also known as la religión, regla de ocha, la regla lucumí or lukumi, one of several neo-African religions which exist in Cuba (e.g., abakua/abakuá, palo monte/palo mayombe, arará). Candomblé and santería heavily derived from the traditional religion of the Yorùbá people in Nigeria and Dahomey, with its many orishas (sprits or deities).

In Brazil, mixing between different peoples – Amerindians, Europeans, Africans, and since the early 1900s, Japanese – have been going on for centuries:

Most Brazilian people today are a product of the mixing of these peoples:

Brazilian Journal of Medical and Biological Research
On-line version ISSN 1414-431X
Braz J Med Biol Res vol.42 no.10 Ribeirão Preto Oct. 2009 Epub Sep 11, 2009
Braz J Med Biol Res, October 2009, Volume 42(10) 870-876

DNA tests probe the genomic ancestry of Brazilians

“Studies with autosomal biparental markers reveal very elevated levels of genetic admixture between the three ancestral roots. However, it is also evident that there was an important population effect of the program of “whitening” of Brazil promoted through the immigration of circa six million Europeans in the roughly 100-year period after 1872. This manifests itself both in a predominant (>70%) European genomic ancestry in Brazilian Whites regardless of geographical region and in a high average European genomic ancestry (37.1%) in Brazilian Blacks.

The correlation between color and genomic ancestry is imperfect: at the individual level one cannot safely predict the skin color of a person from his/her level of European, African and Amerindian ancestry nor the opposite. Regardless of their skin color, the overwhelming majority of Brazilians have a high degree of European ancestry. Also, regardless of their skin color, the overwhelming majority of Brazilians have a significant degree of African ancestry. Finally, most Brazilians have a significant and very uniform degree of Amerindian ancestry!

The high ancestral variability observed in Whites and Blacks suggests that each Brazilian has a singular and quite individual proportion of European, African and Amerindian ancestry in his/her mosaic genomes. Thus, the only possible basis to deal with genetic variation in Brazilians is not by considering them as members of color groups, but on a person-by-person basis, as 190 million human beings,with singular genome and life histories.”

Unless one can prove that she is lying about her mixed heritage, then Adriana Lima is what she says what she says.

Most Brazilians are mixed, with white European ancestry predominating in the Brazilian population as a whole. African ancestry is very high – maybe the highest in Brazil – in the Brazilian state of Bahia, where Adriana Lima hails from.

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