Alessandra Ambrosio was born in the small Brazilian town Erechim, to gas station-owning parents.
At the age of 11, Ambrosio fixed her biggest insecurity and had her ears pinned back.
After that, it wasn't long before the Brazlian beauty landed a modeling contract with one of the largest agencies in the world.
One of the first Victoria's Secret models, Ambrosio is still strutting her stuff at age 31 during the retailer's annual holiday show, with her two young children cheering her on from the front row.
Earlier this month, the model donned a $2.5 million bra to strut her stuff down the famed runway.
After being a Victoria's Secret spokeswoman for the past ten years and appearing on over 70 international magazine covers, Ambrosio has earned a spot as the sixth wealthiest model in the world.
April 11, 1981: Alessandra Corine Ambrosio was born in Erechim, Brazil. Her parents, who are of Italian and Polish Brazilian descent, owned a gas station.
1992: Alessandra, who was always insecure about her large ears, had cosmetic surgery at agee 11 to get her ars pinned back.
1993: At age 12, she enrolled in modeling class and by age 14, she was one of 20 finalists for an Elite modeling competition in Brazil.
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