Don’t let Daniela Braga’s fairly face idiot you — the Brazilian model-turned-Victoria’s Secret Angel means enterprise.
In 2011, Braga was working as a cashier at a pharmacy in her hometown of São Paulo and utilizing her $300 month-to-month wage to pay for a university diploma in enterprise administration.
“I came from a poor household,” Braga, now 26, stated at her Submit picture shoot. Her dad is a building employee, and her mother labored in an workplace (Braga is one among three youngsters). “I by no means wished to be a mannequin — I all the time wished to be a businesswoman.”
However her life took a flip when she was scouted at her job by a mannequin agent. Since then, she’s gone on to grace the covers of Harper’s Bazaar and Vogue UK, landed a marketing campaign with Givenchy and walked within the Victoria’s Secret vogue present.
And now the catwalk magnificence, who’s based mostly in Midtown East, is poised to take over TV as one of many stars of the brand new docuseries, “Mannequin Squad,” premiering Monday on E! The present follows the New York Metropolis lives of working fashions together with fellow VS babes Shanina Shaik and Devon Windsor, in addition to Miss Universe 2012 Olivia Culpo.
“It exhibits the true aspect of a mannequin’s life,” Braga stated. “Individuals only see the glamorous aspect of modeling, however [there are] quite a lot of struggles.”
When Braga was beginning her profession in NYC in 2011, she knew only two English words — “hey” and “goodbye” — and had a tough time speaking with purchasers. “Individuals assumed I used to be only a silly mannequin as a result of I couldn’t categorical myself [in English],” she recalled.
Now she speaks 4 languages: her native Portuguese, in addition to Spanish, English and French. And on prime of financially supporting her household, she’s additionally utilizing her earnings to spend money on a smartphone startup firm and property in Brazil and New York.
“The ladies I lookup to essentially the most are outdoors of the style business,” Braga stated, “Like Michelle Obama and Angelina Jolie.”
Her busy schedule leaves little time to date.
“Individuals [in New York] are so targeted — they don’t have time for courting, and I’m very busy and I’m all the time touring,” she stated.
However Braga nonetheless is aware of how to have enjoyable. At her shoot at Miss Favela, a Brazilian cafe in Williamsburg, she was even confirmed off a number of samba strikes.
And she or he swears there’s no manufactured “Actual Housewives”- model theatrics among the many “Mannequin Squad” forged, including that her co-stars are actual buddies who hang around when not filming.
That stated, there can be some drama on the present.
“No person’s excellent — you’re by no means gonna 100 % agree with individuals,” she stated. “Now we have some disagreements. Nevertheless it’s not loopy fights.”
The present has taught Braga how to be weak.
“I’ve belief points,” she stated. “However [because of filming] I’ve discovered how to open my life just a little bit extra and share it with different individuals. I discovered how to belief.”