Fernanda Tavares
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Date of Birth: September 22, 1980

Place of Birth: Natal, Rio Grande do Norte, Brazil

Occupation: Model

Height: 5' 10"

Measurements: 35-24-36

Best Known For: Victoria's Secret modeling work

Fernanda Tavares Biography

Fernanda Tavares was born on September 22, 1980 in Brazil. By age 9 she was performing in local shows and at age13 she won the Elite Look of the Year modeling contest. The following year, Tavares' career began with a bang after she was invited to go to São Paulo for some modeling work. She later signed a contract with Marilyn Modeling Agency in both New York City and Paris. By the time she was 17, Tavares was seen on magazine covers including L'Officiel Paris, Dutch and U.S. Marie Claire and Vogue Paris. That was only the beginning, as Tavares has appeared on numerous other covers since then including, ELLE, Cosmopolitan, Allure, and the Sports Illustrated swimsuit issue.

In 1998, Tavares began doing runway work and was in high demand from top designers. She has modeled down the catwalk for all the world's best designers including Chanel, Versace, Prada, Valentino, John Galliano, Yohji Yamamoto and Missoni. Tavares has also done a lot of print work, modeling items for top brands including Versace, Chloé, Giorgio Armani, Louis Vuitton, Mano, Nine West, Elite, Ralph Lauren and Gap Jeans.

Tavares' most notable print and runway modeling, however, is her extensive work with Victoria's Secret. She was selected to be a Victoria's Secret model, and was immediately chosen to model in the 2000 fashion show in Cannes.

Tavares is also widely known for her work as a commercial advertising model and is a VJ for MTV Brazil, in which she hosts Missão MTV, a show modeled after Queer Eye for the Straight Guy. Tavares has a $1.3 million contract with Guerlain, a perfume company, as well as a contract with the cosmetics brand L'Oreal. She has also appeared anti-fur advertisements for animal rights group PETA.

In June 2007, Tavares will expand her resume to include acting, when she appears in her debut film, Gomez contre Tavarès.
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