Discovered she was already 13 years in a large shopping center. Two years later she won the competition Brazil’s Model Ford Super Model, for the most part in the Model competition in the world, the Supermodel of the World Model Contest of the renowned Ford Models agency qualified. She joined against the 49 winners of the other Ford Super Model Contest and was finally after the Second Canadian Leanne Spencer.
1999, at the age of 18 years, they signed a contract with the Elite Model Agency Model Management and moved to New York City. Photos of her published soon in magazines such as Vogue or Marie Claire and ran for well-known designers like Anna Sui, Vera Wang, Christian Lacroix, Giorgio Armani, Fendi, Ralph Lauren and Valentino. 2000 was also the face of the autumn campaign of GUESS jeans brand.
Since 1999 she works for the lingerie company Victoria’s Secret both on the catwalk, as well as in front of the camera. It is, among other things besides Heidi Klum one of the five-Victoria’s Secrets Angels, which the mark is officially represented, such as the awarding of a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
Lima is also the face of Maybelline cosmetics firm in 2001 and played a short film at the side of Forest Whitaker. 2005 was in the Pirelli calendar. As the 2006 April-cover of the magazine Men’s World emblazoned Gentlemen, this edition of the magazine the most of the year. In precisely this issue she says: “Sex is only after the marriage. … If this is not accepted, it means that they do not want me.” According to the New York Post had this “sÃ¼ndhafte purity” Lima‘s admirers, including rock star Lenny Kravitz “certifiably crazy made.” (Spiegel 13/2006)
According to Forbes Magazine, it is the viertbestbezahlte model of the world, it will be 7 million U.S. dollars per year deserve. 
Lima is committed to the Charity Organization Caminhos da Luz (paths of light), the Brazilian orphans to care.
Since June 2008, with the Serbian basketball player Marko Jaric engaged.