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 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.

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:

*56.1% Southern European
——–*30.6% Spanish & Portuguese
——–*24.8% Broadly Southern European
——–*0.6% Italian
——–*0.1% Greek & Balkan
*4.0% Northwestern European
——–*2.2% Broadly Northwestern European
——–*1.8% British & Irish
*2.9% Broadly European
*0.5% Ashkenazi Jewish



Curious about ethnicity

528 Responses

  1. 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.

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