Sara Sampaio

Sara Sampaio is a sexy Portuguese model best known for her work with Victoria’s Secret and her appearance in the 2014 Sports Illustrated swimsuit edition. She's also appeared in a variety of magazines including GQ, Elle and Vogue.

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Sara Sampaio rose to prominence after she won the 2007 Cabelos Pantene contest. She subsequently was featured in television ads for Axe body spray.

 

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In 2012, she graced the cover of the April edition of Portuguese Vogue and landed a job as the face of Calzedonia Mar. She later made her debut in the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show in November 2013.

 

In November 2014, Sara Sampaio was “body bullied” into thinking she looked too skinny in a bikini selfie. She wrote that she was “proud of my body” and “I’m not gonna let any of you bully me just because I’m skinny! Every body is different and every metabolism is different. I eat a lot, so next time u decide to tell me to eat a burger remember I probably eat more burgers than you, I’ve always been skinnier, and probably will always be, I workout, I’m healthy and I’m happy.” She added, “The amount of hate I see thrown at me and to other model friends that I know are naturally skinny is ridiculous. U don’t see us shamming other types of bodies so please don’t come and shame ours!”

 

As for seeing herself in magazines, she admitted she was surprised by the woman she saw: "Especially when it's a sexier photoshoot or something more sophisticated. Because in my daily life I'm a normal person, who wears jeans and is always smiling. When I see myself looking more mature I'm like 'Wow, if I dress up myself I can actually look like a lady.'"

 

As for keeping her ego in check, Sara said, "I know a lot of other models [where] the fame goes to their heads, but I always try to remember where I came from. I'm from a [middle]-class family, and I think, very well educated. They support me but also try to keep me close to the ground."

 

She thinks being a model is the best job around. "I love to do it. If it has hard things? Yes, like any job...I'm always traveling, to give you an idea, I was in 6 countries for the time of 2 weeks. When we have to stay in high heels for 12 hours the jet lag gets even bigger. You don't need to be a genius to do this work, but you need a lot of mental strength to handle a lot of crap that this industry [has], to be very badly treated in castings."

 

As for men flirting with her, she said, "It goes through phases. They do it when I'm wearing make up, because when I'm not, I look like I'm 12 years old." Sara Sampaio dates - of course, but she added, "I have a dog. He cuddles with me all night, so I don't really need a boyfriend." She currently resides in New York City.

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