Fernanda Tavares was born September
22, 1980, in Rio Grande Do Norte, Brazil. It was clear early on that the
budding brown-eyed brunette would become a certified beauty. By the age of
9, she was doing small modeling gigs in her hometown. At 13 she won the
Elite Look of the Year contest, and was invited by agents to go to Sao
Paulo to pursue modeling a year later. Suffice it to say, she hasn't
stopped working since.
Signed with Marilyn in New York and Paris, Fernanda has posed for
editorials in a slew of magazines on an international level, including
Marie Claire US, Italy and Brazil; Elle France, Brazil and UK; Vogue US,
France, Germany, and Italy; L'Officiel France; Cosmopolitan US and Brazil;
Capricho Brazil; Harper's Bazaar US; and Allure US. You don't have to open
some magazines to see her, as Fernanda has graced the covers of
L'Officiel, Vogue, Marie Claire, Capricho, Compolitan, Elle, and Biba, and
on the international editions of the magazines.
Fernanda has been walking down catwalks since 1998 for the world's biggest
designers, including Chanel, Emanuel Ungaro, Herve Leger, Gianni Versace,
Blumarine, Chloe, Christian Lacroix, Missoni, Prada, Salvatore Ferragamo,
Valentino, John Galliano, Sonia Rykiel, Kenzo, and Yohji Yamamoto.
Fernanda has helped promote brands like Atelier Versace, Chloe, Giorgio
Armani, Louis Vuitton, Mano, Nine West, Elite, Zoomp (Brazilian), and she
was a big figure in the Ralph Lauren Spring 2000 collection, as well as
the infectious, colorful Gap Jeans ads, also in the spring of 2000.
Fernanda's sheer beauty was signed to represent the fragrance Guerlain,
for which she was paid one million dollars to pose nude for the ad. She
was also chosen as the face of Beauty Jungle, which has since ceased
No other ad campaign could elevate Fernanda's career like Victoria's
Secret did. Fernanda was selected to be a Victoria's Secret model, and was
one of the models at the renowned 2000 fashion show in Cannes, along with
fellow models Alessandra Ambrosio, Adriana Lima, Gisele Bundchen
(Fernanda's best friend), Carmen Kass and Angela Lindvall. She also
modeled for the company's Swimsuit Edition catalogue in 2000.
Fernanda currently lives in New York City. In her spare time, she enjoys
swimming and jogging.