We’re not sure if Sara Sampaio’s up for becoming the eighth wonder of the world, as Portuguese GQ would have it, but we can see where they’re coming from. As Sara’s a local girl, from Porto, she may be OK with it. As well as featuring in that magazine, she made the cover of Vogue Portugal, and won Portuguese Golden Globes for Best Female Model in 2011 and 2012, so she’s won plenty of respect from her home country.
She made her breakthrough when she won 2007’s Cabelos Pantene competition, and began her career by modelling for the haircare brand when she was sixteen (she was born in 1991).
Since then, the brunette with the long thick tresses has become best known for campaigns with Victoria’s Secret and Calzedonia. She was chosen to be the face for Calzedonia Mare’s international advertising in 2012, which was shot by Canadian photographer Raphael Mazzucco in Greece and Jamaica. She was already familiar with shoots for Victoria’s Secret before she debuted in the PINK New Campus Essentials section of the lingerie firm’s Fashion Show, in November 2013. For its Swim collection shoot in Miami, she showcased a skimpy gold two-piece, and proved her sporting credentials by diving into the swimming pool in a tiny white bikini.
The Portuguese model also took part in the campaigns of Replay with Irina Shayk, and of Blumarine alongside Adriana Lima, both for Autumn/Winter 11/12. In fact, she bears quite a resemblance to the Brazilian. Other magazine work has included Elle France, Glamour, and Marie Claire, while American admirers will have enjoyed watching her TV adverts for Axe body spray.
When she can get away, Sampaio goes for “any place that is hot”. She’s happy with “just being on a beach, in the sand, not doing anything at all”. Well, she probably spends plenty of time on a beach. Unfortunately for her, but fortunately for us, not much of that is spent doing nothing! When she travels by air, she always packs moisturiser, lip balm, eye drops and drinking water, with her laptop and good music being the other essentials.
She employs a personal trainer to keep her motivated. She makes use of hotel gyms to carry on with her trainer’s workouts, but sometimes she forgets the steps! She also recommends cycling, and general cardio work. “Just keep your body moving” is her advice – she suggests a run or a swim as examples. If you were permitted a peek into her beach bag, you’d probably find a phone, some headphones, sweets (usually Skittles), a towel and of course, her bikini. The item you’d be most sure of spotting, though, would be her sunscreen. She likes to use SPF 50. Skin protection is always important for a model, but with Sara’s dark colouring and sensitive skin, it’s vital.
At school, she had no clear aspirations, although she quite fancied acting. Once she’d won the Pantene contest, she turned to modelling, and realised: “wow, maybe I do like this”, and can’t think now of anything else she could have done. We can’t imagine a fashion world without Sara Sampaio, either!
Three Photos above of Model Sara Sampaio Photography Is By Perla Maarek
Sara Sampaio Street Style Cropped Cotton Shirt And Denim Shorts
Sara Sampaio photographed For Calzedonia
Sara Sampaio Photography By Paco Peregrin
Sara Sampaio Models For Negligee Lingerie 2010
Sara Sampaio Modelling For David Ferrua
Sara Sampaio By Catia Castel Branco