Victoria’s Secret Angel Lais Ribeiro is a strong and independent woman. On the occasion of International Women’s Day, the 28-year-old model posted several pictures on Instagram to pay tribute to herself — as well as to other women in her life who have been striking a balance between their careers and personal lives.
In the first monochromatic picture, Lais could be seen submerged in a swimming pool, wearing nothing at all except for some pendants and a flower behind her ears. She turned her face to one side and closed her eyes to strike a pose. Although the model posed nude, she concealed her assets with the help of her arms. The rest of her body was censored by the pool water.
In the second picture, the Brazilian bombshell was featured posing with her son — Alexandre Ribeiro — while wearing a white tank top and lots of gold pendants. The picture was posted to emphasize the fact that Lais is also a mother, one who is striking a perfect balance between her career and her relationships.
Lais also posted a picture of her own graceful mother — Socorro Oliveira — who has played a very important role in the model’s life and career, according to many of her interviews.
Lastly, the stunner paid respect to former Victoria’s Secret Angels from her home country, Adriana Lima and Alessandra Ambrosio. Within less than an hour of having been posted, the pictures amassed more than 12,000 likes and many complimentary comments. Fans wished the model a happy women’s day, and also showed appreciation to the model for her amazingly strong personality.
Commenting on the post, one fan paid respect to all strong women. One of her female fans thanked the model for inspiring many young girls every day, and wrote that Lais is strong and beautiful in the truest sense of the word.
Lais has been participating in Victoria’s Secret fashion shows for the past eight years, and was given the title of Angel in 2015. Lais was also chosen to wear the “Champagne Nights Fantasy Bra” for the 2017 Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show held in Shanghai.
According to an article by Teen Vogue, the bra cost $2,000,000. Lais was only the fourth model of color to be honored with the opportunity to represent the Fantasy Bra. Other models who preceded her included Tyra Banks — who wore the Fantasy Bra in 1997 and then again in 2004 — Selita Ebanks, who wore it in 2007, and Jasmine Tookes, who donned it in 2016.
When a model wears the Fantasy Bra, it’s all about glitz and glamour for the audience. However, in an interview with Glamour magazine, Lais said that she felt excited and rewarded when she got a chance to wear it.
“It was a mix of emotions inside of me. I was so happy, thankful [and] honored to be chosen. Hard work pays off — that’s all I thought about. Like, wow, I’ve been working with the brand for seven years, but we never know.”