The Brazilian-born Isabeli Fontana started her modeling career at 13 in Milan after making it to the finals of the Elite Model Look in 1996.
Twelve years later, she is one of the top-earning supermodels in the world.
In 1999, at the age of 16, she appeared in the Victoria’s Secret lingerie catalogue. This created a huge controversy as Victoria’s Secret had earlier stated that its policy was not to sign models younger than 21 years old. The publicity generated by this proved beneficial to Fontana and she quickly rose to fame.
Since 1999 she has modelled for Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue, Marie Claire, ELLE, Vogue, Harper’s Bazaar, Numéro, i-D, Arena and many others and has been the face of a variety of advertising campaigns.