Before I became old enough to know who Pele was and was allowed to eat Brazil nuts (lest I choke and, you know, died), my awareness of Brazil was somewhat limited. Then catwalk queens like Gisele Bundchen and Alessandra Ambrosio surfaced, expanding that meager awareness somewhat.
Eking out an impressive living as a really, really, ridiculously good-looking person, the first picture, from February 2011, shows Alessandra Ambrosio without makeup and sweating it out in the gym like a newly divorced lumberjack.
Seen partaking in a Pilates class in California, the 29-year-old fashionista is wearing the same robotic facial expression we used to see on Katie Holmes’ face while she was with Tom Cruise, before she shoved him inside the dishwasher one day and ran to freedom.
The second image of a makeup-free Alessandra comes from a recent photoshoot, where she modeled the no makeup look alongside Adriana Lima, Rosie Huntington-Whitely and other successful models who have tongue-twisting names. Now I know what Victoria’s Secret is – the use of face paint.