Sara Pinto Sampaio, best known for being a Victoria's Secret Angel, is a Portuguese model who gained popularity with her US broadcast commercials for Axe body spray. She was born on July 21, 1991 in Porto, Portugal. Here are 30 interesting facts about the model:
Sampaio is the first Portuguese Supermodel to have appeared on the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue. She was also named as the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue’s Rookie of the Year in 2014.
She has received the Best Female Model Award at the Portuguese Golden Globes Fashion Awards since 2011, except for the year 2013.
She was featured on the first edition of the Portuguese GQ in the year 2013, where she was presented as the "eighth wonder of the world."
As of June 2017, Sampaio is considered to be the 20th most popular top model on social media worldwide, with a total of 9 million followers.
She participated for the first and won a hair modeling contest in Portugal called Cabelos Pantene 2007, at the age of 16. This garnered her, an offer to star in a commercial in Portugal.
Initially, Sampaio started modeling as a career, with the aim to become an actress. She still wishes to act. However, her dream was to work for Victoria's Secret.
She really did not expect to have become a Victoria's Secret Angel and was totally shocked to hear that news. She once recalled saying, she does not remember exactly even where she was as it was dream-like and almost feels like it didn’t happen.
She has been the face of the Calzedonia since 2012. She was photographer for her first international advertising campaign with the Italian fashion brand, by Raphael Mazzucco in Greece and Jamaica.
In the year 2016, it was reported that Sampaio is in a new relationship with the British businessman and millionaire Oliver Ripley. As of June 2017, it is only assumed publicly that the duo is dating.
Following her completion of high school, her agency sent in headshot for the Victoria's Secret audition and she was also called for. But, she failed to make it onto the Fashion Show. She admitted that at that time, she wasn't prepared for it and totally blew it.
Sampaio has a Brown Belt in Karate. Talking about it, she said her parents took her to ballet classes when she was five, but when her brother did Karate, she saw it and asked her parents that she wants to do it.
She was named officially as a Victoria's Secret Angel in April 2015 and walked the fashion show in two segments as an angel.
In the year 2012, it was reported that Sampaio was in a relationship with model River Viiperi. However Viiperi later dated the American socialite Paris Hilton.
She was first discovered when she was 15 years old, but had to wait a year to compete in modeling competitions due to age factor.
For her second audition with Victoria's Secret, Sampaio felt she was really prepared, but was not able to make it. This only encouraged her to work even more hard and in her third try, she got the show.
She has a longhaired Chihuahua named Luigi, who she has had since her stay for nine months in Paris.
She works out two to three times a week and prefers classes like modelFit or Physique 57. She loves boxing as she believes it to be a great way to get in shape. Apart from this, she has personal training sessions with Justin Gelband and she even runs sometimes.
In 2013, she was in a romantic relationship with Alex DeLeon, an American songwriter and lead singer for the American rock band The Cab. The duo never confirmed their relationship.
She climbed Mount Kilimanjaro in six days. Initially she was supposed to climb in seven days, but in her last day, she was done being there and just wanted to get back to her hotel. This resulted in nearly 17 hours of hiking on the last day.
Sampaio considers modeling to be a form of artistic expression and thinks nudity to be empowering. She believes everyone should feel comfortable in their own skin regardless of their shape or size.
She was featured in the Victoria's Secret video that shows the Angels helping Selena Gomez, who performed at the VS Fashion Show.
International Men's Magazine Maxim, in 2015, honored the 20th anniversary of Victoria's Secret and issued the list of "The 20 Most beautiful Angels of All time," that included her.
She appeared on the cover of the Portuguese Vogue's 2012 April edition, before she even made her debut at the 2013 VS Fashion show.
She was seen together with Harry Styles, an English singer, songwriter, famous for his work with the boy band One Direction. In June 2015, it was reported that Sampaio is the singer's new girlfriend.
In 2017, it was announced that Sampaio is the new Beauty Ambassador for the famous brand "Moroccanoil."
Sampaio is the most popular model among the new Victoria's Secret Angels. However, in total, she falls behind the veteran models Adriana Lima, Alessandra Ambrosio and Candice Swanepoel, as the 4th most popular Victoria's Secret Angel.
She has been featured on the covers of L'Officiel, Vogue, Marie Claire, Glamour, Elle, Harper's Bazaar, GQ, Telva, etc.
She appeared in the Replay Fall Winter 11/12 campaign, alongside the Russian model Irina Shayk, in the Blumarine Fall Winter 11/12 campaign, with the famous VS Angel Adriana Lima and in the Armani Fall/Winter 11/12 campaign.
She was honored with the Best Female Model Award in the Vogue Portugal Fashion Awards consecutively for two years in 2011 and 2012. She was named as the "2013 Revelation Model of the Year" by ¡Hola! Magazine.
The VS Angel is currently ranked as one of the "Top Sexiest Models" in the fashion industry, by Models.com.