brazilian sex bomb ana barros can teach you a thing or two
As Ana Beatriz Barros stars in our latest Model Mother Tongue film, we catch up with the bombshell to talk boys, tattoos and insecurities.
Photography Marcel Door. Styling Sarah Richardson. [The Define Yourself Issue, No. 309, Fall 2010]
Phew, it's getting hot in here! Open a window boys, because Brazilian bombshell Ana Beatriz Barros is about to get you hot under the collar. Her sun-bleached tresses, glowing tan, long limbs and those pupil-sized lagoons sitting in her eye-sockets have got us all gormless. Spotted age 14 in Rio de Janeiro, Ana is now signed to NEXT Model Management, and is renowned as being one of today's sexiest models. She's appeared in campaigns for GUESS? alongside BFF Alessandra Ambrosio, been on the cover of GQ multiple times, landed a coveted spot in the 2010 Pirelli Calendar and stunned in the Victoria's Secret show. As she transforms from muse to mentor in our latest Model Mother Tongue, we meet up at the hottest spot north of Havana to discuss music and fashion and falling in love...
What's the best thing about Rio?
Rio is like a melting pot for so many elements of Brazilian culture, the energy there is electric. I love sitting on the beach and drinking a fresh coconut water and people watching.
What's the best thing about living in New York?
New York is amazing, and compact! I love that there is always something going on it's really buzzy.
What is your favourite film?
I recently watch Pulp Fiction again and I love that movie, the styling and the music and everything, it's really cool.
What's the last song you had stuck in your head?
I love Sam Smith - his voice is amazing, I saw him on TV the other day and downloaded his album - I can't stop listening to I'm Not The Only One.
When do you feel sexiest?
When I am with my man! It doesn't matter where we are - he always makes me feel beautiful.
Do you ever get insecure?
I think all women have insecurities, but the trick is not to focus on them, rather to highlight the things you feel good about and the rest doesn't matter anyway really, just smile from the heart and do things you love, then you will feel confident and your insecurities will melt away.
What's the best thing about your job?
I love meeting new people and seeing new places, I love trying new things so my job is perfect for that. I travel so much which I love.
And the worst?
I miss my family and my boyfriend when I am travelling, and sometimes when you're away you just want to be able to cook yourself something simple!
What tattoos have you got?
I have a crescent shaped tattoo on my ankle which is a family thing - my sisters have it too. I also have a heart with wings on my lower back - I loved the design.
What would you be doing if you weren't modelling?
When I was younger I wanted to be a vet. But I think now I would be a designer, I love fashion, I would love to design my own range of swimwear.
Who is your favourite designer?
I have so many; I love Louis Vuitton, ISSA, Missoni, Versace, Jimmy Choo, and Matthew Williamson…
If you could work with any photographer, past or present, which would you choose?
What's the best party you've ever been to?
I have been to so many amazing events, it's hard to choose! I am going to Vladamir Roitfeld's birthday in Paris in a few weeks and I can't wait for that.
Where is the most beautiful place that work has taken you?
I love shooting in Brazil, the beaches on Florianopolis are amazing.
What do you get up to when you're not working?
I don't have much time off, but when I do I go to where my boyfriend is and we hang out, go for meals, watch movies, and visit art galleries.
What's your favourite emoji?
I like the smiley face wearing sunglasses.
How would your friends describe you?
I just asked my best friend and she said - like sunshine! Warm and makes you feel good. So that's nice!
Are you in love?
Yes, truly madly deeply for the first time in my life, and it feels amazing!
What's your idea of a perfect date?
Anywhere my boyfriend is where we can talk just the two of us - something low key.
What's on your Christmas wish list?
I am obsessed with the Chanel headphones! I really want some.
Text Felicity Kinsella
Photography Marcel Door
Styling Sarah Richardson
[The Define Yourself Issue, No. 309, Fall 2010]