Ethnicity: a White Brazilian mother and an Afro-Brazilian father.
Born in Cabo de Santo Agostinho, Pernambuco, Brazil.
She speaks Brazilian Portuguese and English.
Quote: “I am what we call “mulata”. She has also stated she is one of the few black women in the fashion industry. According to Forbes, De Paula ranked the eleventh highest paid supermodel for 2009, earning $2.5 million.
She walked in the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show in 2008, 2010, and 2011. Paula had landed two makeup campaigns: MAC Barbie Collection and Prescriptives.
She has walked runway for São Paulo Fashion Week, home to the largest fashion shows in Brazil.
She first took an interest in modeling at the age of nine and quickly booked a supermarket advertisement.
By the age of 15, de Paula was visiting modeling agencies. She signed with the Marilyn Agency, the first agency she visited.
Her first season was in New York City in 2005, and yielded runway work for the likes of Ralph Lauren, Bill Blass and Zac Posen, as well as a story for W, photographed by Michael Thompson.
Her other runway credits include Shiatzy Chen, Alexandre Herchcovitch, Colcci, Diane von Furstenberg, Jennifer Lopez’ Sweetface, Kenneth Cole, Lacoste, Lucy In The Sky, Rebecca Taylor, Salinas, Tommy Hilfiger, and Yigal Azrouël, and she has appeared in campaigns for Alexandre Herchcovitch, the Swedish brand Gina Tricot, Cavalera, DKNY, GAP Body, Hush Puppies, MAC, Mixed, Prescriptives, Sephora, Tommy Hilfiger, Top Shop, and Victoria’s Secret. Her editorials include Allure, French, Marie Claire, Vogue, and Women’s Wear Daily.
She has been praised by Naomi Campbell and Anna Wintour of Vogue.
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.
She has been the face of UK retailer Next for the past two seasons and can be seen in the 2009 Pirelli Calendar.
She has also replaced Pernille Holmboe as the new model for the Swedish clothing store Gina Tricot.
With more than 190 million people, Brazil is the world’s 5th most populous country after China, India, the United States and Indonesia. The population is growing by approximately 1% per year, a lower rate than in most other developing countries.
More than 80% of Brazilians live in urban areas. São Paulo, in the south-east of the country, is the biggest and most populous city in South America. The population of the city proper is 11 million, and the adjacent metropolitan area has a total population of around 18 million.
Brazil has the 9th biggest economy in the world in terms of Gross Domestic Product (GDP) derived from purchasing power parity (PPP) calculations.
Brazil has become the world’s leading source of satellite images, due to the government’s policy of providing users in Brazil and neighbouring countries with free access to the images produced by the Sino-Brazilian Earth Resources Satellite.
“Banner outside the store in Dusseldorf.”
At a casting in Milano, Italy.
With her portfolio in hand.
The Brazilian company Embraer is the world’s third biggest aircraft-producer and exporter after Boeing and Airbus. It specialises in ‘regional’ jets, which is to say medium-sized planes that seat up to 110 passengers.
According to the UN World Urbanization Prospects report (2007) the São Paulo metropolitan area is the fifth most populous urban agglomeration in the world, after Tokyo, New York, Mexico City and Mumbai.
New York City
At home in Dumbo, Brooklyn in her Beautiful open space living room and dining room.
Her skin color is beautiful.
The city of Rio de Janeiro throws a New Year’s Eve party that is probably the biggest – and arguably the most spectacular – in the world. Around two million people, all of them dressed at least partly in white (a popular tradition adopted from Afro-Brazilian religion), congregate on the huge crescent-shaped expanse of Copacabana beach to watch a midnight firework display.
The annual carnival in Salvador, capital of the state of Bahia, is the world’s biggest street party, attracting around 2 million people (including an average of 800,000 Brazilian and foreign tourists). The music is provided by mobile sound systems (trios elétricos) and over a hundred parade groups (blocos).
Brazil shares a border with every other country in South America apart from Ecuador and Chile – ten in total – and has lived in peace with all of them for almost 140 years. (The last South American war involving Brazil was the conflict between the ‘Triple Alliance’ and Paraguay in the 1860s.
Beautiful bone structure (very photogenic) and natural with no make-up.
She got married to Gaston Levy on 12/12/12.