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Alessandra Ambrosio

MISSONI shawl; COLLETTE DINNIGAN  bodysuit; SELF TITLED skirt.
MISSONI shawl; COLLETTE DINNIGAN bodysuit; SELF TITLED skirt.

For nearly two decades, she’s manned the front for Victoria’s Secret, earning iconic status alongside Angels like Gisele Bündchen and Adriana Lima. She’s faced campaigns for the likes of Dior, Armani, Oscar de la Renta, Gucci and Calvin Klein, walked for Vivienne Westwood, Prada and Kenzo, and photographed by Demarchelier and Meisel. The girl from Brazil opened up to RUSSH about her greatest indulgences and having no regrets.

PRADA dress; shawl from The Vintage Clothing Shop.
PRADA dress; shawl from The Vintage Clothing Shop.
3.1 PHILLIP LIM dress from Net-A-Porter; SHAWL from The Vintage Clothing Shop.
3.1 PHILLIP LIM dress from Net-A-Porter; SHAWL from The Vintage Clothing Shop.

“I think whatever I have done has given me the foresight to get to the next place. There are no shortcuts in life.”

CHLOÉ dress and caplet.
CHLOÉ dress and caplet.

If you had your time over, would you do anything differently? No. What surprises you? My daughter – she amazes me daily. First impressions are … Important when you are a model.  To unwind after a hard day’s work I like to … Play with Anja. Right now, I’m listening to … The Runaways, Fleetwood Mac and Pearl Jam.

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RICHARD NICOLL dress.
RICHARD NICOLL dress.
ALEXANDER WANG coat; LOVER dress; ALEX PERRY dress.
ALEXANDER WANG coat; LOVER dress; ALEX PERRY dress.
BURBERRY dress and bodysuit; shawl from The Vintage Clothing Shop.
BURBERRY dress and bodysuit; shawl from The Vintage Clothing Shop.
DRIES VAN NOTEN dress.
DRIES VAN NOTEN dress.

“One of my favourite jobs so far has been out on the beach shooting with Peter Lindbergh.”

I couldn’t live without … My daughter, my Mac, my passport and my credit card. I keep fit by … Yoga and pilates with some resistance work. The last movie I watched was … Whatever was on the flight from L.A. to Europe. My favourite food is … My mum’s and good Japanese. My beauty routine consists of … Taking my makeup off before I go to bed and letting my skin breathe. I don’t wear makeup when I’m not working except a touch of VS moisturiser. Not many people know that I … Have Polish heritage. My hometown is … Erexim in Brazil.  

ALAÏA dress and belt; shawl from The Vintage Clothing Shop.
ALAÏA dress and belt; shawl from The Vintage Clothing Shop.
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My biggest indulgence in life is … Chocolate. My favourite people in the fashion world are … So many to tell … My wardrobe consists of … Hippie chic with a twist. My defining personality trait is … I’m direct. My nickname is … Ale. The best advice I was ever given was … Work hard. My biggest regret is … Je ne regrette rien.

ALAÏA dress and belt; KIRRILY JOHNSTON shawl.
ALAÏA dress and belt; KIRRILY JOHNSTON shawl.

PHOTOGRAPHER Will Davidson @ MAP
FASHION Stevie Dance
HAIR Shin Arima @ Frank Reps
MAKEUP Christian McCulloch @ Tim Howard Management
FASHION ASSISTANT Joy Fennel
MODEL Alessandra Ambrosio @ Elite NYC
PHOTOGRAPHER’S ASSISTANTS Ben Dos Remedios, Shaun Hartas and Mateusz Lilpop
DIGITAL OPERATOR Jonathan Pinkington
STYLIST’S ASSISTANTS Emma Read and Nicole Reda
PRODUCERS Nikki Stromberg and Gina Liberto @ MAP