Sara Sampaio

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Sara Sampaio
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Sampaio at Web Summit in November 2017
Sara Pinto Sampaio

(1991-07-21) 21 July 1991 (age 27)
  • Model
  • actress
Years active2007–present
Modeling information
Height1.75 m (5 ft 9 in)[1]
Hair colorBrown
Eye colorGreen
  • The Lions (New York, Los Angeles)
  • Oui Management (Paris)
  • Ace Models (Athens)[2]
  • Central Models (Lisboa)[3]

Sara Pinto Sampaio (born 21 July 1991) is a Portuguese model and actress best known for being a Victoria's Secret Angel, Giorgio Armani beauty ambassador and working for Calzedonia, as well as her appearance in the 2014 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue, a first for a Portuguese supermodel, for which she won Rookie of the Year.

She has appeared in magazines such as GQ, Elle, Vogue, Glamour and Sports Illustrated.[4] Since 2017, Sara is the Beauty Ambassador for Moroccanoil.[5] She won Portuguese Golden Globes in 2011, 2012, 2014, 2015 and 2016 for Best Female Model.[6][7]

Sara Sampaio during Web Summit in Lisbon, 2017


Sampaio was discovered at the age of 15, but was not allowed to compete in modeling competitions until the age of 16. At the age of 16, she won a hair modeling contest in Portugal called Cabelos Pantene 2007. After the contest, she had the chance to be in a commercial in Portugal. Off the success of the contest and commercial, she was signed to an agency, however due to her parents, she had to finish high school before becoming professional.

After completing high school, Sampaio attended the University of Lisbon. She attended part-time because she was not allowed to be homeschooled. While in Lisbon, she got a part-time job as an editor until she had the opportunity to go international.[8] She had the chance to be in a commercial in Portugal.[9]

Sampaio's dream was to work for Victoria's Secret. After her agency sent in headshots, she was asked to audition. However, she did not make it into the Fashion Show. She continued to pursue the runway and made her debut in the 2013 Victoria's Secret Fashion Show, where she walked in one segment. During her sophomore performance in 2014, she walked in two segments. In 2015, she was chosen as one of the newest Angels for the 2015 runway, and in December of the same year, she walked for the brand for the first time as an Angel. On 24 October 2016, it was announced that Sara would be walking with the other Angels in the 2016 Fashion Show in Paris, France.[10]

She has been featured prominently in television ads for Axe body spray in the United States. In 2012, she was chosen for the cover of the April edition of Portuguese Vogue and to be the face of the international advertising campaign for Calzedonia Mar, Summer 2012, which was photographed by Raphael Mazzucco in Greece and Jamaica. She was the face of Calzedonia again in 2013, 2014 and 2015.[11] She also appeared in the Replay Fall/Winter 11/12 campaign, alongside Irina Shayk, in the Blumarine Fall/Winter 11/12 campaign, with Adriana Lima and in the Armani Fall/Winter 11/12 campaign. In 2013, she appeared in the first edition of the year of the Portuguese GQ, where she was presented as the "eighth wonder of the world". She appeared in Rosa Cha 2013 campaign alongside Barbara Palvin.[12] She made her debut in the Victoria's Secret Fashion Show on 13 November 2013. She walked in the Pink segment.[13] She walked the following year in two segments and in 2015, she walked in two segments, for the first year, as an angel. She has appeared in the 2014 and 2015 editions of the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit edition and won the "Rookie of the year" award in 2014.[14] Sampaio has been on the cover of L'Officiel, Vogue, Marie Claire, Glamour, Elle, Harper's Bazaar, GQ, Telva, etc. In 2015, Maxim honored the 20th anniversary of the brand Victoria's Secret and included Sampaio on the list "The 20 Most beautiful Angels of All time".[15]

In 2016, Sampaio walked for: Elie Saab, Jean Paul Gaultier, Balmain, Mugler, Emanuel Ungaro, Giambattista Valli, Redemption, Miu Miu, Tommy Hilfiger, Tory Burch, Jeremy Scott, Marc Jacobs, Alberta Ferreti, Francesco Scognamiglio, Philipp Plein, Moschino, Ermanno Scervino, Dolce & Gabbana, Missoni and even closed Sportmax. In 2017 she walked for Tommy Hilfiger, Mugler, Redemption, Elie Saab, Peter Dundas, Prabal Gurung, Tory Burch, Zadig & Voltaire and so many others.

In May she got her first cover in the United States, photographed by Gilles Bensimon to Maxim.[16]

In 2017, Sampaio became the new Beauty Ambassador for the famous Israeli brand "Moroccanoil".[17] That year she was face of campaigns for PINKO, Blumarine, Hogan, Tory Burch, Mackage and DUNDAS. She was in so many different covers and editorials during the year including Editorialist, Vogue Brasil and Vogue Turkey.

In 2018, Sara became one of the faces of 'Sì Passione' fragrance by Giorgio Armani. She was also featured on the cover of Harper's Bazaar Singapore, Madame Figaro, L'officiel, Vogue Mexico and Vogue Thailand.[18] Late August that year, Sara Sampaio was introduced at the Venice Film Festival as one of the new faces of Giorgio Armani Beauty.



Year Title Role Notes
2017 The Clapper Herself
2018 Carga Anna


Year Title Role Notes
2017 Billions Prianca Episode: "Optimal Play"

Music videos[edit]

Year Title Artist Role
2016 "Chainsaw" Nick Jonas Girlfriend
2016 "Wolves" (Balmain Campaign version) Kanye West Herself
2016 "Body Moves" (Victoria's Secret version) DNCE Herself
2017 "2U" David Guetta featuring Justin Bieber Herself

Personal life[edit]

Sampaio grew up in the outskirts of Porto, Portugal, then moved to New York City to start her career. In interviews with Vogue, Sampaio talks about being photographed nude. She considers her modelling a form of artistic expression, and nudity empowering. Sara feels confident and said in the interview, "At the end of the day, we were born naked, and that's the way we are gonna go".[19] However, she accused Lui magazine of sexual harassment and bullying her into posing nude for their cover when she requested that her contract stipulate a no nudity clause.[20] She believes everyone should feel comfortable in their own skin no matter shape or size. For this reason, Sara has spoken out against skinny shaming, and mentioned in an interview that the amount of hate that she and other Victoria's Secret models experience is ridiculous. She says that "every body is different and every metabolism is different". The model was part of "The Perfect Body" VS campaign that was later changed to "A Body for Everybody".[21]

Sampaio has stated on Instagram that she suffers from trichotillomania. She was praised by fans and the media for raising awareness of the little-known condition and has received many messages of support from fellow sufferers.[22][23]



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  7. ^ a b Nomeados e vencedores da XXª edição, Caras Portugal (official website in portuguese)
  8. ^ "Central News - Cabelo Pantene 2007". Retrieved 20 January 2013.
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  10. ^ Victoria's Secret (22 August 2015). "Sara Sampaio on Becoming a Victoria's Secret Angel". YouTube. Retrieved 5 November 2015.
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  14. ^ "Sara in SI Swimsuit Edition".SI Swimsuit, Retrieved 11 May 2015.
  15. ^ "The 20 Most Beautiful Victoria's Secret Angels of All Time". Maxim. 8 December 2015. Retrieved 5 June 2016.
  16. ^ "Sara Sampaio excitada com a sua primeira capa nos EUA". Sábado magazine (in Portuguese). 23 April 2016. Retrieved 5 June 2016.
  17. ^ Moroccanoil. "Meet Sara". New Beauty Ambassador. Moroccanoil. Retrieved 28 June 2017.
  18. ^ Sara Sampaio at the Fashion Model Directory Edit this at Wikidata
  19. ^ Kallor, Amber (2 July 2015). "VS Angel Sara Sampaio on Why Nudity is Empowering". Vogue. Retrieved 9 November 2015.
  20. ^ "Victoria's Secret Model Sara Sampaio Speaks Out After Lui Magazine Allegedly Publishes Nude Cover without Her Consent".
  21. ^ Exil, Dina (19 November 2014). "Victoria's Secret Model Sara Sampaio Slams Body-Shaming Bullies". HNGN.
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  24. ^ "Victoria's Secret Fashion Show Cast: Sara Sampaio". CBS. Retrieved 2018-05-28.
  25. ^ "Who is Sara Sampaio? Victoria's Secret model and university graduate - here's what we know". The Sun. 2016-12-06. Retrieved 2018-05-28.
  26. ^ "Fashion Awards 2011: Os vencedores". Noticias (in Portuguese). Cofina Media. 4 November 2011.
  27. ^ "Victoria's Secret Angel Sara Sampaio Spills Her Fitness & Fashion Secrets! - Women Fitness". Women Fitness. 2016-12-21. Retrieved 2018-05-28.
  28. ^ "Fashion Awards 2012: Os vencedores". Noticias (in Portuguese). Cofina Media. 28 November 2012.
  29. ^ "Sara Sampaio, elegida la 'modelo revelación' de 2013" (in Spanish). 20 November 2013. Retrieved 6 May 2015.
  30. ^ "Sara Sampaio". IMDb. Retrieved 2018-05-28.
  31. ^ "Sara Sampaio, SI Swimsuit's first-ever Portuguese model, is the 2014 Rookie of the Year". Retrieved 2018-05-28.

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