Supermodel Adriana Lima’s birth certificate says she’s 35, but this year, the Brazilian bombshell is celebrating her Sweet 16. It’s official: Adriana is the longest running Victoria’s Secret Angel in all of VS history. Someone get this woman a pair of gold-plated wings!
“My first fashion show was 1999. It was just a regular runway. No social media at all. No performance, no musicians walking the runway,” she told Build earlier this week. “Now we travel the world, this year we were in Paris. It’s amazing.”
Usually the mega lingerie brand quietly axes its angels after several seasons, opting for fresher (read: younger, of the moment) talent. But not Adriana. She’s been walking in the shows since nearly the beginning (they became a thing in ’95) and has been stomping down pink runways, slinging g-strings and push-up bras ever since. She’s also just the coolest. And obv insanely beautiful, too.
Check out our fav moments from the supermodel’s career as a real life Angel.
Adriana Lima is officially the longest-running Victoria’s Secret Angel
2001All white errything for an innocent, baby-faced Adriana.Getty Images
2002We'd never thought about it, but fiery orange wings and hot pink latex really do go hand in hand.Getty Images
2003Another year, another set of wings, this time lined with lace.Getty Images
2004The only year an actual runway show didn't take place, the gals went on an Angel tour across the US.Getty Images
2005Truth: we always wanted a pom-pom scarf after seeing this show a decade ago.Getty Images
2006Life is literally full of sparkles when you're a VS Angel.Getty Images
2007A lot of the Angels' costumes took an artsy sort of DIY route in '07. The crazier, the cooler.Getty Images
2008We're just going to come out and say it: this plum hue is DEFINITELY your colour, Adriana.Getty Images
2009The supermodel was preggo with her first and missed the '09 runway show... but still fulfilled her Angel duties.Getty Images
2010Do you hear that noise? Yeah, that's just the sound of football fans' jaws hitting the floor. Getty Images
2011Ever wondered what the lingerie version of a flamenco dancer would look like? Wonder no longer.Getty Images
2012We have five words for you: Gave. Birth. Five. Weeks. Prior. This deserves a slow clap.Getty Images
2013Okay, if we had to choose, these are our favourite wings that Adriana has ever worn.Getty Images
2014And if we had to pick our fav look of all time, this blue number is it. The shoes, you guys!Getty Images
2015We're a bit worried that this ethereal creature isn't ever going to age. Seriously. This photo could have been snapped a decade ago.Getty Images
2016Now THOSE are boots made for walking… up and down a runway, anyhow. Not IRL. Getty Images