Raquel Zimmermann was born in Bom Retiro do Sul, RS, Brazil on May 6, 1983. As a child, Raquel Zimmermann was very tall for her age, and even though she was a dedicated student, her peers felt that her height made her an ideal model. Shirley Mallmann was the Brazilian supermodel of the time, and Raquel Zimmermann decided to give it a chance by joining a modeling school at the age of 12. Two years later, a modeling scout “discovered” Raquel Zimmermann and sent her to Japan and Paris to kick-start a modeling career.
In 1999, Raquel Zimmermann debuted in Paris for Chanel and Valentino. She soon followed with a cover shoot for French Vogue in 2000 and a Christian Dior contract in 2001. After another cover shoot for French Elle that same year, Raquel Zimmermann got a chance to appear on the Italian Vogue cover for acclaimed photographer Steven Meisel. The shoot proved to be troublesome since Raquel Zimmermann didn’t speak English, but the finished product was a success.
The cover shoot for Italian Vogue opened the door up to many more opportunities for Raquel Zimmermann. In 2002, she joined Victoria’s Secret for their annual fashion show, the first of three such shows she would participate in. Two years later, she was photographed by Meisel again for Escada, who would eventually name her as the face of the company.
With a regular stream of covers and cosmetic work, Raquel Zimmermann was now earning over $10K per runway show and further adding to her resume. She became the face of Hermes in 2004 and did cover shoots for Harper’s Bazaar in Japan. She also found time to star in the debut episode of Belissima, a TV show based in her native Brazil. In 2006, she joined MaxMara for another exclusive contract, and was the opening model for Viktor & Rolf’s Paris show.
The modeling exploits of Raquel Zimmermann continued on into 2007 and beyond. She appeared in a Chanel photo shoot with noted fashion guru Karl Lagerfeld behind the lens. She also gained another new contract — this time with Fendi. In May of that year, she teamed up with Meisel again, along with nine other supermodels, for a Vogue cover shoot that profiled the exciting new group of supermodels.
Raquel Zimmermann also signed a contract with Gucci, which expanded her horizons further. She would act in a TV commercial for the company that was directed by film director David Lynch. After celebrating the fall of 2007 as a show opener in New York, Milan and Paris for various designers, Raquel Zimmermann finished the year ranked No. 1 on Models.com. The work continued to pour in for Raquel Zimmermann in 2008, thanks to additional magazine appearances in Vogue, V and i-D. She also headlined shows for designers like Oscar de la Renta and Stella McCartney. After her modeling career is done, Raquel Zimmermann would like to pursue a career in the arts, but for now she’s quite content to be the world’s most sought-after supermodel.