Camila Alves

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Camila Alves
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Alves at The Heart Truth in February 2011
Camila Alves

(1983-01-28) 28 January 1983 (age 40)
  • Brazil
  • United States
  • Model
  • designer
Years active2001–present
(m. 2012)
Modeling information
Height5 ft 9 in (175 cm)
Hair colorBrown
Eye colorBrown
AgencyUno Models (Barcelona)[1][2]

Camila Alves McConaughey[3] (née Alves; born 28 January 1983[4]) is a Brazilian model and designer.[5][3] She is married to American actor Matthew McConaughey.[5]

Early life[edit]

Camila Alves was born in Itambacuri, Minas Gerais, Brazil, about 250 miles east of the provincial capital of Belo Horizonte and raised there until the age of 15. Her mother is an artist and designer, and her father, a ranch owner. At 15, Alves traveled to Los Angeles to visit her aunt and decided to stay, overstaying her visa and becoming an illegal immigrant. After working for four years as a house-cleaner and waitress, she became fluent in English and decided to make the United States her home.[6][7]


At the age of 19, Alves moved to New York City to pursue a career as a fashion model.[8] Alves worked as a waitress and as a cleaner at one point.[9] As a model, she has graced numerous magazine covers such as Ocean Drive,[10] Brazilian edition of Men's Vogue,[11] ES Magazine, Maxim, Town & Country, People[12] and Bella.[13] She has walked the runway at fashion shows for Valentino,[14] Carolina Herrera,[14] Mango, The Heart Truth's Red Dress Collection[15] and TCN.[16]

Alves and her mother design the Muxo line of handbags,[17] developing their design after experimenting for three years with styles and designs.[18] In 2010, Alves hosted the third season of the Bravo network reality television series Shear Genius.[19] In April 2012, Alves was signed on as the new face for Macy's clothing line I.N.C. International Concepts.[20]

In January 2016, Alves launched a lifestyle website, Women of Today, that serves as a hub for her social media; livestream video program, Camila's Code; and blog posts on food, health, crafts & décor, style, family, and work life.[21] Alves is also the co-owner of the organic food company, Yummy Spoonfuls, which launched its product line for babies and toddlers in Target's frozen food section in 2016.[22]

She co-hosted, with Eddie Jackson, the first season of the Food Network competition show Kids BBQ Championship, which aired in summer 2016.

Her children's book, Just Try One Bite, co-written with Adam Mansbach was released in on March 22, 2022 by Dial Books.[23] The book landed on the New York Times Best Seller list.[24]

Personal life[edit]

Alves with husband Matthew McConaughey

Alves met American actor Matthew McConaughey in 2006.[25] The couple became engaged on Christmas Day in 2011[26] and were married in a private Catholic wedding ceremony on June 13, 2012, in Austin, Texas, where they reside.[3] They have three children: a son born in July 2008,[27] a daughter born in January 2010,[28] and a second son born in December 2012.[29] In 2021, McConaughey stated that meeting Alves inspired him to stop acting in rom-com movies.[30]

On August 4, 2015, she became a U.S. citizen in the same naturalization ceremony as British actress Emily Blunt.[31]


Alves and McConaughey founded the Just Keep Livin' Foundation in 2010.[32][33] The foundation was the focus of a partnership with fashion brand Veronica Beard in 2019.[34]

In May 2020, during the coronavirus pandemic, McConaughey and Alves distributed over 100,000 face masks to hospitals in Texas.[35]


Year Title Role Notes
2010 Shear Genius Herself Host; 10 episodes
2013 The View Herself Guest co-host; Episode: "Camila Alves McConaughey (Guest Co-Hostess)/Patrick Stewart and Ian McKellen/Will Forte"
2014–2018 The Talk Herself Model, Guest co-host; 3 episodes
2015 Chopped Junior Herself Judge; Episode: "Cereal Miracles"
2016 Kids BBQ Championship Herself Co-host; 7 episodes
Music videos
Year Title Artist
2002 Misunderstood Bon Jovi[36]
2006 "Pullin' Me Back" Chingy[4]
2007 "Because of You" Ne-Yo[4]


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  2. ^ Leonard, Elizabeth (19 January 2016). "The Next DIY Guru? Camila Alves Launches Lifestyle Site for Women (with Recipes!)". People. Retrieved 9 March 2019.
  3. ^ a b c Leonard, Elizabeth (10 June 2012). "Matthew McConaughey, Camila Alves Wedding". People. Retrieved 24 February 2019.
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  5. ^ a b Dawson, Alene (23 November 2013). "Camila Alves McConaughey shares her on-the-go beauty secrets". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 5 March 2023.
  6. ^ Garcia, Jennifer (16 June 2008). "Camila Alves". People. Retrieved 9 March 2019.
  7. ^ "Camila Alves McConaughey on Embracing Her Age, Date Nights with Matthew and Being Her 'Best Self'". Peoplemag. Retrieved 5 March 2023.
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  9. ^ "Modelo brasileira passa por turbulência severa em voo e mostra estrago no avião" (in Brazilian Portuguese). Folha de S. Paulo. 3 March 2023. Retrieved 4 March 2023.
  10. ^ Francine (30 October 2017). "Camila Alves | Ocean Drive Magazine | November 2017 Cover Photoshoot". Retrieved 5 March 2023.
  11. ^ "Camila Alves | Uno models Barcelona & Madrid". Retrieved 5 March 2023.
  12. ^ "Camila Alves's sparkling bridal details". Retrieved 5 March 2023.
  13. ^ "BELLA TV: Camila Alves on the BELLA LA Red Carpet with Veena Crownholm – BELLA Magazine". Retrieved 5 March 2023.
  14. ^ a b Daswani, Kavita (24 March 2008). "Camila Alves Carried Away With Bags". WWD. Retrieved 5 March 2023.
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  17. ^ Ferrara, Toni (30 March 2011). "Camila Alves: True Goddess". Beverly Hills Lifestyle Magazine.
  18. ^ "Brazilian model Camila Alves shows off bags in Boca Raton". Miami Herald. 19 March 2009. Retrieved 10 May 2010.
  19. ^ "New host talks off the coif about 'Shear Genius' do over". Boston Herald. 3 February 2010. Retrieved 10 May 2010.
  20. ^ "Matthew McConaughey"s baby named". The New Zealand Herald. 31 December 2012.
  21. ^ "Matthew McConaughey's Wife Camila Alves Brings Her Crafty DIY Talents To The Internet — Check Out Her New Lifestyle Blog". 19 January 2016.
  22. ^ Leonard, Elizabeth (24 May 2016). "Camila Alves Launches Premium - and Affordable! - Organic Baby Food Line for Target". People. Retrieved 9 March 2019.
  23. ^ "Just Try One Bite by Adam Mansbach, Camila Alves McConaughey: 9780593324141 | Books". Retrieved 5 March 2023.
  24. ^ "Matthew McConaughey and Wife Camila Alves Make NYT Best Sellers List for Their Respective Books". Peoplemag. Retrieved 5 March 2023.
  25. ^ Macaluso, Beth Anne (10 June 2012). "Matthew McConaughey Marries Camila Alves!". Us Weekly.
  26. ^ "Matthew McConaughey, Camila Alves engaged". CNN. Retrieved 26 December 2011.
  27. ^ "Matthew McConaughey and Camila Alves welcome son Levi". People. 8 July 2008. Retrieved 24 February 2019.
  28. ^ Michaud, Sarah (3 January 2010). "Matthew McConaughey, Camila Alves Welcome Daughter Vida". People. Retrieved 24 February 2019.
  29. ^ "Matthew and Camila McConaughey Welcome Son Livingston". People. 28 December 2012. Retrieved 24 February 2012.
  30. ^ Long, Danielle (27 March 2021). "Matthew McConaughey says meeting wife Camila Alves inspired him to quit rom-coms". ABC News. Retrieved 5 July 2021.
  31. ^ Alves, Camila [@iamcamilaalves] (4 August 2015). "Happy to say I now hold an American passport! I have so much respect and appreciation for this country. #newuscitizen" (Tweet). Retrieved 4 August 2015 – via Twitter.
  32. ^ "Matthew McConaughey: My Charity Work With Wife Camila Is 'Thriving'". Us Weekly. 24 August 2018. Retrieved 25 May 2020.
  33. ^ "The Many Facets of Camila Alves". Austin Woman Magazine. 1 January 2015. Retrieved 25 May 2020.
  34. ^ "Camila Alves McConaughey Talks Charitable Partnership With Veronica Beard". The Hollywood Reporter. 8 May 2019. Retrieved 25 May 2020.
  35. ^ Asmelash, Leah (23 May 2020). "Matthew McConaughey and Camila Alves are delivering face masks to hospitals in rural Texas". CNN. Retrieved 25 May 2020.
  36. ^ "Pump Rules' Tom Sandoval and Camila Alves Starred in a Bon Jovi Music Video". US Weekly. 11 May 2018.

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