Jeisa Chiminazzo was born April 12, 1985, in Mucum, Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil. The daughter of an Italian father and a German mother, Jeisa Chiminazzo pursued modeling for the first time at the age of 13 when she attended a modeling course. It proved to be a savvy decision, as it brought her to the attention of Luciano Szafir, a famous Brazilian actor and model. Impressed by Jeisa Chiminazzo’s beauty and grace, Szafir put in a phone call to a modeling agency in Sao Paulo and, within days, she was signed to her first contract.
Jeisa Chiminazzo spent the remainder of the year modeling exclusively in Brazil, appearing in editorial campaigns for Elle Brazil and Toda Teen. In fact, Toda Teen was so enamored with Jeisa Chiminazzo that they also placed her on their cover, a nearly unheard of accomplishment for a new model.
The following year brought even more fanfare as Jeisa Chiminazzo continued to appear in a number of national campaigns. Increasingly confident in her ability to land new assignments, she also made the difficult decision to leave her native Brazil in favor of the bright lights of New York City. Not surprisingly, Jeisa Chiminazzo hit the pavement running after signing a contract with IMG, the same agency that also represents Tyra Banks, Gisele Bundchen, Heidi Klum, and Rebecca Romijn.
Thanks to IMG’s clout, Jeisa Chiminazzo had a huge year in 2000, appearing in high-profile campaigns for Les Filos, Dila, Gloria Coelho, and Emanuel Ungaro. Thankfully for Jeisa Chiminazzo, the following year was just as impressive. In addition to making her Paris catwalk debut, she also appeared in editorials for Greek Vogue and Vogue Brazil, and she successfully landed campaigns for Vide Bula and Rosa Cha.
By now an established entity, Jeisa Chiminazzo put her career into hyperdrive over the next four years, appearing on the covers of Russian Vogue, German Vogue, Brazilian Vogue, and Italian Marie Claire. She also became the face of a number of international campaigns for brands such as Dior, Intimissimi, D&G, Express Jeans, Chloe, Chanel, Ichtys, Victoria’s Secret, Colcci, Akris, and CK Choice.
As impressive as that four-year stretch may have been, it was all just a warm-up for 2005, the year Jeisa truly established herself as a world-renowned supermodel. In addition to gracing the covers of Vogue Paris, Russian Vogue and Japanese Vogue, Jeisa Chiminazzo also became a household name that year thanks to unforgettable campaigns for CK One, Eau de Marveilles by Hermès, Mobettah, and Arezzo.
Jeisa Chiminazzo has had the opportunity to work with some of the planet’s top designers while also getting to crisscross the globe on someone else’s tab. In 2006, Jeisa Chiminazzo was named the star in campaigns for Dolce & Gabbana, Hugo Boss, Cavalli Class, Paul&Joe, Lacoste, H&M, Gap, and Tommy Hilfiger.
In 2008, Jeisa Chiminazzo appeared in the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue.