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Emanuela de Paula
Agency Marilyn Agency

Emanuela de Paula (born April 25, 1989 in Cabo de Santo Agostinho, Pernambuco, Brazil) is a Brazilian model.[1] She has been the face of UK retailer Next for the past two seasons and can be seen in the 2009 Pirelli Calendar.


De Paula was born to a White Brazilian mother and a African Brazilian father.[2] "I am what we call 'mulata'".[3] She has stated to be one of the few models to represent Black women in the fashion industry.[4]

She first took an interest in modeling at the age of nine and quickly booked a supermarket advertisement. By 15, she was visiting modeling agencies and signed with the Marilyn agency. In New York City in 2005, her first season yielded runway work for the likes of Ralph Lauren, Bill Blass and Zac Posen, as well as a story for W, photographed by Michael Thompson. Her other runway credits include Alexandre Herchcovitch, Colcci, Diane von Furstenberg, Jennifer Lopez' Sweetface, Kenneth Cole, Lacoste, Lucy In The Sky, Rebecca Taylor, Salinas, Tommy Hilfiger, and Yigal Azrouël, and she has appeared in campaigns for Alexandre Herchcovitch, Cavalera, DKNY, GAP Body, Hush Puppies, MAC, Mixed, Prescriptives, Sephora, Tommy Hilfiger, Top Shop and Victoria's Secret. Her editorials include Allure Magazine, French, Marie Claire, Vogue, and Women's Wear Daily.

At 20, she has landed two makeup campaigns; M.A.C. Barbie Collection and Prescriptives[5]. She walked at the Victoria's Secret fashion show 2008. According to Forbes, de Paula ranked the eleventh highest paid supermodel for 2009, earning $2.5 million. She currently resides in New York City, and has walked runway for São Paulo Fashion Week, home to the largest fashion shows in Brazil.

She has been praised by Naomi Campbell and Anna Wintour of Vogue.[6]


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