Isabeli Fontana

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Isabeli Fontana
Isabeli Bergossi Fontana

(1983-07-04) 4 July 1983 (age 40)
Curitiba, Paraná, Brazil
Álvaro Jacomossi
(m. 2000; div. 2004)
(m. 2005; div. 2007)
Diego Ferrero
(m. 2016)
Modeling information
Height1.77 m (5 ft 9+12 in)[1]
Hair colorBrown
Eye colorBlue

Isabeli Bergossi Fontana (born 4 July 1983) is a Brazilian model known for her work with brands like Victoria's Secret.[5]

Early life[edit]

Fontana was born in Curitiba, Paraná, Brazil, to Maribel Bergossi and Antonio Carlos Fontana. She is of Italian descent,[6] and states that a grandmother had some Portuguese roots.[7] At just 13 years of age she made it to the finals of the 1996 Elite Model Look. The following year she moved from Brazil to Milan, Italy.[1]


She has been in a number of runway shows since the early 2000s along with supermodels Fernanda Tavares, Gisele Bündchen, Carmen Kass, Angela Lindvall, Ana Beatriz Barros, Julia Stegner,Izabel Goulart among others.

In 1999, at the age of 16, she appeared in the Victoria's Secret lingerie catalogue. The shoot caused controversy, as Victoria's Secret stated that they would not use models younger than 18.[8] Soon after the Victoria's Secret shoot, she was signed by Versace, Ralph Lauren and Valentino.[1]

Since 1999 she has modeled for Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue, Marie Claire, ELLE, Vogue, Harper's Bazaar, Numéro, i-D, Arena and many others.[1]

Fontana has been the face of a variety of advertising campaigns including Shiatzy Chen, Armani Jeans, Chanel, Bulgari, Colcci, Disritmia, Dolce and Gabbana, Emporio Armani, Enrique Martinez, Escada, H&M, Helena Rubinstein, Hugo Boss, Hussein Chalayan, Leonisa, Massimo Dutti, Mango M. Officer, Nicole Farhi, Oscar de la Renta, Peter Hahn, Philips, Ralph Lauren, Revlon, Roberto Cavalli, Rosa Chá, Saks Fifth Avenue, Tommy Hilfiger, Triton, Valentino, Versace, Victoria's Secret, Vivara and others.[1] Photographed by Steven Meisel, she was presented on the September 2004 cover of American Vogue as one of the "Models of the Moment".[9] She featured as a 'Face of the Moment' in May 2009's US Vogue. [10]

Fontana can be seen in the spring/summer 2011 campaigns for Escada, Dolce and Gabbana, Uniqlo and Ann Taylor.[11]

Fontana had been the face of Viktor & Rolf's fragrance Flowerbomb in 2014 as well as Bvlgari's Goldea from 2015.[12]

In 2008, Fontana made her debut on the Forbes The World's 15 Top-Earning Models list at place 11, having earned $3 million.[13]

She has appeared in the Pirelli Calendar on a number of occasions, including in the 2011 calendar, which features models posing as Greek and Roman gods, photographed by Karl Lagerfeld.

In 2011, she was part of the Miss Universe 2011 judging panel.[14]

Personal life[edit]

In her youth, Fontana attended a Catholic school in the Portão district of Curitiba. She is often seen making the sign of the cross in footage. Nevertheless, she is a non-practicing Roman Catholic.[15] She was married to model Álvaro Jacomossi but they divorced in 2004. Their son, Zion, was born in 2003.[5] Fontana married actor and model Henri Castelli on 10 December 2005, and their son, Lucas, was born on 23 October 2006 in São Paulo. Fontana and Castelli divorced in 2007.[5] She was engaged to Rohan Marley but the engagement ended in early 2013.[16] In 2021 she gained Italian citizenship due to her Italian ancestry.[17]


Year Title Role Notes
1998 Torre de Babel Herself Invited
2005 Belíssima
2010 A Vida Alheia Verônica Moyana
Passione Herself Invited
2011 Aline Princess Léa
2015 Hidden Truths Herself Angel Parade


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  2. ^ "Elite Hong Kong". Elite Hong Kong.
  3. ^ "THE FACE models". Archived from the original on 1 September 2018.
  4. ^ "Isabeli Fontana - Model".
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  6. ^ Pietrostefani, Arianna (13 December 2012). "Interview with Isabeli Fontana, supermodel, mom and an angel". Vogue Italia. Archived from the original on 12 January 2021. Retrieved 10 January 2021.
  7. ^ Fontana, Isabeli (June 2010). "Isabeli Fontana". Anabela Mota Ribeiro (Interview) (in Portuguese). Interviewed by Máxima. Retrieved 10 January 2021.
  8. ^ Grant, Andrea (7 August 2008). "Isabeli Fontana, Model Profile". The Fashion Spot.
  9. ^ Lee, Helen (11 April 2007). "Vogue's 'World's Next Top Models' cover". Retrieved 18 April 2011.
  10. ^ "Vogue May 2009: More models". GoFugYourself. 27 April 2020.
  11. ^ "Isabeli Fontana". models.
  12. ^ "Viktor&Rolf - Fragrances". Archived from the original on 2 March 2013.
  13. ^ "The World's 15 Top-Earning Models". Forbes. 30 April 2008.
  14. ^ "Isabeli Fontana to be a Telecast Judge during Miss Universe Final". Archived from the original on 24 September 2015. Retrieved 13 January 2014.
  15. ^ Fontana, Isabeli. "Isabeli Fontana" (Interview). Interviewed by Makefor. Archived from the original on 28 August 2013.
  16. ^ "Rohan Marley Ends Engagement… |". Archived from the original on 12 July 2014. Retrieved 24 September 2014.
  17. ^ "Isabeli Fontana says she can't imagine 'Secret Truths' without Angel". News Bulletin 24/7. 18 November 2021. A quote from an Instagram post of hers: "Now I can say I'm officially Italian yeeehhhh I am now part of the European Union! @rotunnocidadania helped me to go after my ancestors !!"

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