Wednesday, July 2, 2008
About Isabeli Fontana:
Early life and discovery
Fontana was born in Curitiba, Paraná, Brazil. In 1996 she made it to the finals of the Elite Model Look Contest when she was just 13 and in the following year she moved from Southern Brazil to Milan, Italy, to start her modelling career.
In 1999, at the age of 16, she appeared in the Victoria's Secret lingerie catalogue. This created a huge controversy as Victoria's Secret had earlier stated that its policy was not to sign models younger than 21 years old. However, the publicity generated by this proved beneficial to Fontana and she quickly rose to fame. Soon after the Victoria's Secret shoot, she was signed by Versace, Ralph Lauren and Valentino.
Since 1999 she has modelled for Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue, Marie Claire, ELLE, Vogue, Harper's Bazaar, Numéro, i-D, Arena and many others.
Fontana has been the face of a variety of advertising campaigns including Armani Jeans, Chanel, Colcci, Disritmia, Emporio Armani, Enrique Martinez, Helena Rubinstein, Hugo Boss, Hussein Chalayan, Massimo Dutti, M. Officer, Nicole Farhi, Oscar de la Renta, Peter Hahn, Philips, Ralph Lauren, Revlon, Roberto Cavalli, Rosa Chá, Saks Fifth Avenue, Tommy Hilfiger, Triton, Valentino, Versace, Victoria's Secret, Vivara and others.
In 2008, she made her debut on the Forbes The World's 15 Top-Earning Models list at place 11, having earned $3 million. She is also in the second place on the Top 50 Models Women list by "models.com".
ISABELI FONTANA - victoria's secret 2007