Fernanda Tavares is a Brazilian model, she was born in Natal, Rio Grande do Norte, Brazil, and she was appearing in local shows at the age of nine, and at just 13 she won the “Elite Look of the Year.” A year later she was invited by agents to go to São Paulo to pursue a modeling career. In 1998, at the age of 17, she was already appearing on the covers of fashion magazines – L’Officiel Paris, Deutsch and U.S. Marie Claire and Vogue Paris – having signed up with the Marilyn Modeling Agency in both New York City and Paris. She would later go on to appear in numerous other popular magazines, including ELLE, Cosmopolitan, Allure, and the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue.
Tavares also works as a commercial advertising model and is a VJ for MTV Brasil, in which she hosts Missão MTV, a show modelled after Queer Eye for the Straight Guy. Tavares has signed a $1.3 million deal with Guerlain, a perfume company, and she regularly models for lingerie company, Victoria’s Secret. She has appeared in the famous Victoria’s Secret 2000 Fashion Show in Cannes and anti-fur advertisements for animal rights group PETA. Tavares also enjoys swimming and jogging and she is good friends with fellow Brazilian supermodel, Gisele Bündchen.