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21 Questions With … Victoria’s Secret Model Gizele Oliveira

Victoria's Secret model Gizele Oliveira answers our burning questions.

Image: Frazer Harrison/Getty Images for Victoria’s Secret

One thing we’ve learned from interviewing countless Victoria’s Secret models is that it’s all about knowing your angles and lighting, which was reiterated when we spoke with the stunning Gizele Oliveira. The Brazilian bombshell, who is just days away from her second Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show, has walked the runway for a long list of designers, including Dolce & Gabbana, Elie Saab, Polo Ralph Lauren, Cushnie et Ochs and Tory Burch. She’s also been featured in campaigns for H&M, Ralph Lauren and ASOS and appeared in countless editorials, though she’s perhaps best known to the general public for helping model Ming Xi after she fell on the runway at last year’s show. We caught up with Oliveira and asked her our quick-fire questions.

  1. The first thing I do in the morning is … check messages and Instagram updates.
  2. The last thing I googled was … how to get to the place I’m spending part of my holiday vacation at in Brazil.
  3. If my days had one extra hour … I’d sleep more!
  4. The best beauty advice I ever received was … to always remove your makeup.
  5. My desert island beauty product is … lip balm.
  6. What people don’t realize about the modeling industry is … how much hard work goes into being successful.
  7. When I’m stressed … I act impulsively and regret what I say most of the time.
  8. When my self-confidence has taken a hit … I do a good workout, which always makes me feel better.
  9. My guilty pleasure is … brigadeiro, [a traditional Brazilian dessert]
  10. My most memorable career highlight was … my first Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show.
  11. When it comes to working out … I always have to push myself since I didn’t grow up playing any sports or being super athletic.
  12. One of my most challenging moments was … when I had to leave everything behind to travel to the U.S. to follow my dreams of becoming a model.
  13. If you looked at my desktop you’d see … a picture of my dog as a puppy.
  14. My most memorable travel experience was … this year when I went to Morocco for my birthday. Was the best trip of my life! I had a lot of fun and actually met my boyfriend while there.
  15. I’m dying to splurge on … a nice vacation … I actually just splurged and planned a trip to Rio for New Year’s!
  16. The thing I’m most looking forward to about the holidays is … getting tan and relaxing by the beach.
  17. My favorite place to shop is … online because I can find everything I want in every size! Vintage or new!
  18. The best advice for looking great in a photo is … to know your angles. Good lighting helps a lot, too!
  19. My most treasured possessions are … my jackets and bags!
  20. My biggest fashion regret is … spending too much money on clothes I don’t wear much.
  21. One thing I wish people knew about me is … that I love making people smile.