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Izabel Goulart

Izabel GoulartMaria Izabel Goulart Dourado ( Izabel Goulart ), born on October 23rd 1984 in São Carlos, São Paulo, Brazil. She is a Brazilian fashion model.

She is best known as having been one of the Victoria's Secret Angels from 2005 to 2008 and for her work with the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue and Armani Exchange.

Goulart is of Portuguese and Italian descent and has four brothers and one sister. Goulart once said, "the hardest part about being a Victoria's Secret Angel is the amount of time I must spend away from my mom's food and away from my home with my five brothers and sister".

School was a particularly rough time for Goulart, as she was made fun of for her skinny build and was called names such as "giraffe". Pretty obvious she has gotten the last laugh over that.

While shopping for groceries with her mother at age 14, a hairstylist suggested that she should become a model.

She moved to the state capital, São Paulo, and started modeling, then moving to France shortly afterwards to develop her career.

Goulart returned to São Paulo in August 2001 at aged 16, where she joined former agency Success. Her career in the Brazilian fashion world was launched by Ney Alves, currently the director of Major Models Brazil.

Izabel GoulartDuring Goulart's first ever fashion show appearance, she experienced a wardrobe malfunction when her top fell open. The incident made many Brazilian newspapers.

She eventually put this event behind her and returned to the runway to model collections for A-list designers.

Top names such as Alberta Ferretti, Bill Blass, Balenciaga, Bottega Veneta, Isabel Marant, Givenchy, Altuzarra, Oscar de la Renta, Valentino, Balmain, Jil Sander, Chanel, Michael Kors, Ralph Lauren, Emilio Pucci, Dolce and Gabbana, Emanuel Ungaro, Loewe, Roberto Cavalli and Stella McCartney, among others.

Goulart has also modeled for H&M, Express, Neiman Marcus, Missoni and DSquared².

In 2005, Goulart appeared on the covers of the April edition of Marie Claire France and, in December, Vogue Brazil.

She first appeared in the Victoria's Secret Fashion Show in 2005, the year she was contracted as an Angel.

She received a star on the Hollywood "Walk of Fame" prior to the Victoria's Secret Fashion Show in 2007.

Although she is no longer an Angel, Goulart walked in the 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, and 2016 Victoria's Secret Fashion Shows.

Izabel GoulartIn 2008, she replaced fellow Victoria's Secret Angel Alessandra Ambrosio as the face of A/X Armani Exchange and she was featured in three seasonal print campaigns for the label.

In 2010, Goulart appeared on the cover of the October issue for GQ Mexico, Vogue Brasil and appeared in a campaign for Avon. In the same year, she was voted the best international top model by the magazine Glamour Mexico.

In 2011, Goulart appeared in the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue. She can also be seen in the spring/summer 2011 campaign for Dolce and Gabbana and the Pre-Fall 2011 campaign for Givenchy.

She also appeared in Yamamay's 10th Anniversary Collection and the Fall/Winter 2011 campaign for DKNY Jeans.

The same year, she ranked number 100 in FHM magazine's list of the 100 Sexiest Women In The World and also appeared on one of the four covers of Elle Brasil.

In February 2012, she was photographed by Dusan Reljin for Vogue Spain, and later that year by Mario Testino, again for Vogue Spain, in an editorial entitled "Las majas", which also featured Alessandra Ambrosio, Doutzen Kroes, Miranda Kerr and Isabeli Fontana.

In November, she was recognised as "Fashion Personality of the Year" by the Brazilian magazine Isto é Gente, and she also appeared on the cover of Glamour Brazil in December 2012.

Izabel GoulartIn February of 2013 she appeared on the cover of one of the four issues of Vogue Brasil, together with Bette Franke, Magdalena Frackowiak, and Mirte Maas.

In mid-2013, she became the face of MAC Cosmetics Tropical Taboo range and she was photographed by Zee Nunes for the October edition of Vogue Brazil in an editorial entitled "Olympiada Fashion".

Later that year she appeared in a campaign for Agua De Coco promoting its spring/summer 2014 beachwear collection.

She also appeared on the cover of GQ Portugal in December 2013, after she was elected as the magazine's "International Woman of the Year" in May of that year.

In 2007, Goulart won the Cool Magazine's "Toshiba Cool Planet Award" in the category of "Best Model". As a Victoria's Secret Angel, she was chosen as one of People magazine's annual "100 Most Beautiful People in the World" in May 2007.

Goulart can speak Portuguese, English and French and is friends with Brazilian tennis player Guga.

Goulart, whose youngest brother, Guilherme, was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes at age 1, does charitable work, helping hospitals in her native Brazil to raise money to provide free insulin for diabetic children in need.

Izabel GoulartShe also has taken an active role with the Diabetes Research Institute (DRI) at the University of Miami, a recognized leader in cure-focused research.

In 2009, Goulart became the DRI's international ambassador and in that role helps to promote the work of the DRI throughout her travels.

“I am so excited and proud to be working with the Diabetes Research Institute. Nothing is more important to me than finding a cure for my brother,” said Izabel.

“If I can raise awareness in the course of my travels, and bring attention to the Diabetes Research Institute, I will be helping my brother and millions like him who are living with this disease.”

In her role as International Ambassador, Izabel rallys support and raises awareness for type 1 diabetes and for the DRI’s research, which is focused on curing all children and adults living with diabetes.

In 2006, she began dating Brazilian businessman Marcelo H. L. da Costa. The couple were engaged in 2009, but ended their relationship after eight years.

In 2015, she began dating German footballer Kevin Trapp, the goalkeeper for Eintracht Frankfurt, and on July 5th, 2018, they became engaged.

Izabel GoulartGoulart appeared in an episode of Two and a Half Men during season 4, in episode 9: "Corey's Been Dead for an Hour").

She made a guest appearance in the thirteenth episode of Season 3 of Entourage alongside fellow Angel Alessandra Ambrosio.

Goulart was featured at the end of the 2016 Summer Olympics closing ceremony in Rio. The ceremony ended with a fireworks display and a tribute to Rio's signature event, the Carnival, which showcased Brazil's musical dance culture.

The 250-person strong parade was led by Izabel Goulart and street cleaner Renato Sorriso, with the carnival anthem Cidade Maravilhosa playing in the background.

“I believe that one of the saddest things in the world today is that some people don‘t have enough food to nourish themselves. It‘s the 21st century, and that‘s really not acceptable, so if I could do something that would change that, I would be really happy.”

As for the wardrobe malfunction that splashed her name and face across the world she recalls:

“For some reason everyone was wearing clothes and they put a bikini on me,” she says. “They tied up the bikini and put the top part behind my back and I was like ‘Guys that’s not going to work out.

I’m not feeling comfortable with that. It’s going to fall.’ They’re like, ‘No you’re fine with this. Go girl, go!’ And then I started walking down. I was really nervous, it was my first time and I felt my bikini top falling down.

I felt as I was walking something was coming down slowly and I was like, ‘Oh my God, oh my God, help me,' and when I completely got in front of the photographers it fell. I was just frozen and I saw everyone around me standing up clapping and laughing.”

Izabel GoulartIzabel is in relationship with Kevin Trapp - a German soccer player who serves as goalie for the football club, Eintracht Frankfurt since 2015. On July 5, 2018, they became engaged.

She is an avid Pilates practitioner and has her own workout regime called "Body by Iza". She loves rock music, especially Pearl Jam.

Izabelcomes from a rather large family - one of six children. She can speak English, which she learned by watching television cartoons and is fluent in French. Her native language is Brazilian Portuguese.

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