“The best part about modeling is that modeling has given me something to focus on. It's a great job for a young person. It has given me the opportunity to travel outside of Brazil and see the world. I have been meeting many interesting and talented people along the way.” Izabel Goulart
One of Brazil’s top exports, Izabel Goulart is well known as one of Victoria's Secret Angels and for her appearances in the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Shows (2005 to 2008). She is currently a spokesmodel for Armani Exchange. Goulart has also strutted down the catwalks for such top designers as Ralph Lauren, Chanel, Valentino, and Michael Kors and her face has decorated the covers of major publications like Vogue, Numero, and Marie Claire. She also appeared in HBO's “Entourage” and CBS' “Two and a Half Men.”
Goulart became engaged to businessman Marcelo Costa in August 2006. However, she revealed that she was still single on the February 7, 2008, episode of “Late Night with Conan O'Brien.” Four months later, in June 2008, she was discovered at a club in Russia with Russian soccer player Diniyar Bilyaletdinov. They have since reportedly become a couple.
One of People Magazine's “100 Most Beautiful People in the World” (May 2007), Goulart has helped hospitals in Brazil raise money to supply free insulin for diabetic children in need.
Childhood and Family:
Maria Izabel Goulart Dourado, who would later be popular as Izabel Goulart, was born on October 23, 1984, in São Carlos, Brazil. She was raised by a house painter father and homemaker mother. She has five brothers and one sister.
When she was 14 years old, Izabel was approached by a hairstylist who suggested she pursue a modeling career. At the time, she was shopping for groceries with her mother. She then moved to the capital city of Sao Paulo and began modeling.
Izabel enjoys tennis and bowling.
Spotted while buying groceries at age 14, Izabel Goulart made her way to São Paulo to pursue a modeling career. At her very first show, the unlucky girl was embarrassed by a wardrobe malfunction. The incident was heavily reported in Brazilian publications. Recalling the incident, she stated, “For some reason everyone was wearing clothes and they put a bikini on me. 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.”
In spite of the rough start, Goulart made a prominent comeback by working for A-listers like Ralph Lauren, Oscar de la Renta, Chanel, Bill Blass, Michael Kors, Valentino, Balenciaga, Bottega Veneta, Jill Sander, and Stella McCartney, to name a few. Led by her success as a runaway model, she moved to New York City in 2005 and before she knew it, was on her way to achieve supermodel status.
Once in New York City, Goulart signed a multi-year contract with Victoria’s Secret and was put on the catwalk for a Victoria's Secret show in 2005. Other models in the show included Adriana Lima, Gisèle Bündchen, Alessandra Ambrosio, Marisa Miller, and Petra Nemcova. She was also a Victoria Secret Angel in 2006 and appeared in the Victoria's Secret Fashion Show that same year. Although she is no longer an angel, Goulart has kept her affiliation with the company and took part in The Victoria's Secret Fashion Shows in 2007 and 2008.
Goulart has posed for a number of famous photographers, including Vincent Peters, Terry Richardson, Greg Kadel, and David Sims, and her face has appeared on the covers of many magazines, including Vogue (France and Japan), Marie Claire (France), GQ (Spain), and Fashion Trend (Australia). Goulart has also done advertising campaigns for notable clients like Diesel, Cori, Forum, Osklen, Pollini, Triton, G Series, Valfrance, Yohji Yamamoto, and Zoomp. Currently, Goulart is famous as the new face of Armani Exchange.
In addition to her televised Victoria's Secret shows, Goulart appeared in an episode of “Two and a Half Men” called “Corey's Been Dead for an Hour,” which aired on November 20, 2006. She then acted in the April 8, 2007, episode of the HBO comedy series “Entourage.” During 2006-2007, she was invited to quest star in two episodes of “Late Night with Conan O'Brien.”