Ethnicity: Swiss, African, Japanese and Native American Indian.
Born in Salvador, Bahia, Brazil.
The Brazilian-born model is of mixed ethnicity. In an interview on Fashion TV she stated that she is of Swiss, African and Native American heritage. While on another interview she mentioned that she also has Japanese heritage.
Incidentally, Brazil has a large Japanese community that has been established there since the early 1900s
Some sites say that Lima has Portuguese and French.
Adriana Lima, one of the world’s supermodels entered the industry in the late 90’s and has been on top ever since. She’s been a Maybelline Contract face from 2003-2009 and a Victoria’s Secret Angel since 2000. Adriana married Serbian basketball player Marko Jaric in early 2009 and gave birth to their daughter Valentina in November 2009. To stay fit, she jumps rope and shadow boxes. She also paints watercolor canvases in her spare time and is secretly obsessed with frozen grapes and Brazilian soap operas.
Adriana Lima is a Brazilian model and actress is best known as a Victoria’s Secret Angel since 2000, and as a spokesmodel for Maybelline cosmetics from 2003 to 2009.
Brazil’s population includes the largest number of people of African descent in the entire Western Hemisphere.
Brazil has the world’s second biggest black population after Nigeria, the largest number of people of Japanese ancestry outside Japan, and more people of Lebanese or Syrian extraction than the combined populations of Lebanon and Syria.
Brazil officially the Federative Republic of Brazil is the largest country in both South America and theLatin American region. It is the largest Portuguese-speaking country in the world, and the only one in the Americas.
Afro-Brazilian refers to a Brazilian with African ancestry. The term does not have widespread usage in Brazil, where people with noticeable African ancestry are generally referred to as negro or simply “preto (“black“)”, but the term is not considered very politically correct. Another group, multiracial Brazilians, or Pardos also have a significant degree of African ancestry.These two categories are among five color categories used by the Brazilian Census, along with branco (“white”),amarelo(“yellow”, East Asian) and indígena (Amerindian).
In 2010, 7.6% of the Brazilian population, some 15 million people, self-identified themselves as “preto” while 43% (86 million) identified as “pardo”. Pretos tend to be predominantly Sub-Saharan African in ancestry, while Pardos tend to have African ancestry to a lesser degree than pretos. On average pardos are predominantly European, although all three ancestries (European, African and Native American) are often present.
Brazil has an indigenous Indian population of around 450,000, comprising more than 200 peoples who speak more than 180 different languages. According to the National Foundation for the Indian (FUNAI) the indigenous population has been growing at a rate of more than 3.5% per year and is now four times greater than in 1950.
FUNAI also estimates that in the Brazilian Amazon there are more than 60 ‘uncontacted’ Indian groups living in complete isolation from the outside world. Government policy is to avoid contact with such groups unless they are in extreme danger.