Adriana Lima

Lima in 2010, Anton Oparin /

Place of Birth: Salvador, Bahia, Brazil

Date of Birth: 12 June, 1981

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

Adriana Lima is a Brazilian model and actress. She was a Victoria’s Secret Angel from 1999 to 2018. She has also worked for Maybelline cosmetics, clothing brand Desigual, the Beachwear collection of Italian brand Calzedonia, the ready-to-wear collection of Italian brand Sportmax, IWC, Puma, and Chopard. She has been the world’s second highest-paid model.

Adriana is the daughter of Maria das Graças Lima, a social worker, and Nelson Torres, a carpenter. She was raised in Castelo Branco, Salvador, by her mother. She speaks Portuguese, English, Italian, and Spanish. A picture of Adriana’s father can be seen here. A picture of Adriana’s mother can be seen here.

She stated on Fashion television that she is of Swiss, African, and Indigenous 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, established there since the early 1900s. Some sites say that Adriana also has French ancestry.

Adriana has two children with her former husband, Serbian professional basketball player Marko Jarić; and a son with her partner, film producer Andre Lemmers.

Adriana’s maternal grandfather was named Bertoldo Fontes Lima.

One of Adriana’s grandmothers is named Julia.

A DNA test that Adriana appeared to post on her Instagram stated that her genetic ancestry includes:

*63.5% European
——–*30.6% Spanish & Portuguese
——–*24.8% Broadly Southern European
——–*2.9% Broadly European
——–*2.2% Broadly Northwestern European
——–*1.8% British & Irish
——–*0.6% Italian
——–*0.5% Ashkenazi Jewish
——–*0.1% Greek & Balkan



Curious about ethnicity

547 Responses

  1. indo says:

    Looks mixed with everything under the sun.

  2. passingtime85 says:

    The link to her DNA admixture test results is not accessible if you don’t have a lipstickalley account/login.

    Here is a direct link to the image:

  3. anen87 says:

    Her Swiss claim is False per her DNA results. Her European breakdown is typical of an Iberian (Portuguese in her case). I also suspect her Japanese claim is false too.

    I wonder why she didn’t share the remaining 35% of her dna results? Which I’m guessing is most likely african & native-american.

    • anen87 says:

      LOL I don’t know what you have against Iberians but it must burn you inside that the hottest woman in the world has a lot of Iberian blood flowing thru her veins!!! hahahaha

      Is not farfetched at all considering all the surnames in her family tree are of portuguese/iberian origin: Fontes, Torres, Lima.

      When Portuguese Victoria Secret model Sara Sampaio first appeared in VS catalog she was being mistaken & compared to Adriana Lima.

      And a lot of Victoria Secret Supermodels have some Portuguese blood because they are from Brazil.

      • andrew says:

        He/She is a troll. Use a translator because his “comments” in Italian are fun.

      • andrew says:

        È strano perché dici di essere uno Spagnolo del Nord e poi trolli il popolo a cui dici di appartenere?

      • andrew says:

        Il sardo ———– che idolatra Olandesi e Scandinavi, non credo c’è niente di più comico.

      • anen87 says:

        Hahaha you’re seriously having a cow just cause the hottest woman in the world doesn’t have —- ——– scandanavian, dutch, nordic in her DNA test results LOL like I said it must be ——- — inside hahaha

        • HAIL777 says:

          Lmao there’s NO such thing as “the hottest woman in the world”. Adriana has the advantage of being famous. There’s some insanely beautiful women out there that aren’t famous and we haven’t seen every woman in the world.

      • anen87 says:

        Another one bites the dust! They just cant resist the pull of Iberian-latino warmth, beauty & charm

        People’s Sexist Man Alive Chris Evans has chosen a Portuguese-brazilian girl Alba Baptista!

        Most handsome Hollywood leading men seem to disagree with you @murican

  4. jonasbttencourt says:

    Think it makes sense she’s over a quarter Iberian (probably mostly portuguese), given her general facial features and bone structure, also don’t think she’s really has a lot of black ancestry(must be at best around 12-15%, highly likely her main background is portuguese+native, at least by looking at her and family.

    • alexgxo says:

      I also think that she might have more Amerindian ancestry than African. As for her European ancestry, its no surprise that shes almost entirely Iberian/Southern European. I wonder why she’s claiming Swiss origins, unless its very distant. She also says she’s part Japanese.

      • jonasbttencourt says:

        so there is not proof or evidence at all that she has japonese or swiss origins? not surprising really, a lot of models claim absurd ethnic backgrounds to appear more ”exotic” lol…

        • alexgxo says:

          Yeah, the only proof of the Swiss or Japanese origins are from Lima herself. She did not show the entire DNA test results, only the European component, which was almost all Iberian/Southern European.

          And yes, a lot of people in the fashion or entertainment industry claim a lot of different ethnic backgrounds, either because they’re unaware of their family history or want to appear more “exotic”. Quite a few entire here show that research contradicts the claims of many different celebrities.

          • alexgxo says:

            Sorry, I mean “pages”, not “entire”.

          • Lakeside says:

            In the US in the 1970s and 1980s, it was fashionable to claim to be part-Cherokee, because of all these “ethnic-looking” celebrities like Kate Jackson, Jaclyn Smith, Marissa Tomei, Alyssa Milano, Burt Reynolds, Stuart Whitman, Scott Baio.

            Adriana Lima is no different in claiming she’s Native-Brazilian, Swiss, Japanese. Can you image her saying, “I’m Black-and-White!”?

            Not even green-eyed African-Americans say that, instead claiming they are Cherokee-Native American.

    • izzybizzy says:

      She has really curly hair in her older pictures. Facial features mean nothing. Most Ethiopian,Eritrean
      and Somali people have smaller noses than Europeans. Why are you all over this site claiming anyone with mixed black ancestry has no black in them because they don’t look black to you?

      • jonasbttencourt says:

        Honestly dude, if you wanna call her black, or half black, or part black, feel free, i don’t care. I don’t think she cares either. You can call Johnny Depp or Jeremy Renner black if you want to,after all they also have some black ancestry somewhere down the line… As a brazillian who have seen MANY white,black and mixed-race people in my whole life, i don’t seen the “blackness” in her features. I saw pictures of her relatives, some look a lot darker than her, but overall, given her looks, general apperience of her close relatives, and documented heritage, i think it’s pretty safe to say that she is mostly white with some considerable amount of indigenous ancestry too, and it shows on her looks. And about the hair, from the pictures a saw, her hair was indeed quite curly, but there’s no way to know exatly what texture it is, keep in mind the pictures are old and her family was not rich by any means, so a “messy” type of hair is to be expected, since it was probably poorly treated. And about the “Why are you all over this site claiming anyone with mixed black ancestry has no black in them because they don’t look black to you?” part… Seriusly? Did you really had to make such a wild generalization just to make your weak point? Discussions on how much black ancestry this or that celeb has is really not the center of my comments on this site at all LOL… cope harder

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