By Calynn M. Lawrence

Emanuela de Paula is a BRazillian bombshell who is best known for her work as a Victoria’s Secret Angel. Although she has long since retired her wings in 2011, she is still making it happen and doing a great job representing women of color in the fashion modeling industry, Many have pronounced the 26 year old beauty to be the Brazillian Naomi (Campbell). With her looks being one of a kind and her modeling skills to boot, she has not at all let the color of her skin put the slightest hault to her career in fashion. As stated by Naomi Campbell, Emanuela de Paula is a fabulous face for brown skinned babes looking to pursue modeling.

How did she get started? Well, Emanuela de Paula was born in a small town in Brazil to very supportive parents who embraced her “mulatta beauty.” By the tender age of 9 years old she began doing small contract work such as doing super market advertisements and local shop campaigns. This lower level work did not last very ong because the industry quickly recognized that she was unique, her talent beyond mere domestic gigs.

By the age of 15 years old, she began meeting up with different modeling agencies and talent management. She was signed almost instantly by Marilyn Agency. After such, she walked the stage for various household names such as Ralph Lauren, Bill Blass, Diane von Furstenberg, Colcci, Lacoste, Jennifer Lopez, Kenneth Cole and Zac Posen, as well as many others.

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Her editorial career was not too shabby either. Having been modeled for several campaigns such as the Mac Barbie Collection, Prescriptives, W Magazine, Vogue, Next retailers, Gina Tricot and many others, she has made a reputation for herself as a master of all facets of the industry.

Her most well known portfolio pieces of course derive from her work as a Victoria’s Secret Angel in the years of 2008, 2010 and 2011! She often times was one of few darker skinned models in the runway shows, commercial campaigns and editorial advertisements. However, this did nothing but make her stand out even more, winning the hearts of girls and women alike across the globe who shared her surplus of melanin. In 2009, she was named the 11th highest earning Super model by Forbes and still remains to pull in a hefty income!


Now Emanuela de Paula works to find her next venture while still doing commercial modeling and advertisements. Watch out world! This pistol is surely about to give us something great!