She was born in a small town of
Itabira, Minas Gerais, Brazil. Later, her family moved to Rio de
Janeiro, where she spent her childhood. She is of Portuguese and
Spanish descent, and is the youngest of three sisters; Patricia and
Malu (Maria Luisa).
Barros and her older sister, Patricia (also a model), were
walking on a Rio beach when they were spotted by a representative from
Elite Model Management. Barros went to see Elite office in Rio and
Sergio Mattos - art director of 40 Graus. They then encouraged Barros
to participate in the Elite Model Look 1996, which she won. She
subsequently competed for international Elite Model Look and placed
second worldwide. Elite sent her portfolio, along with some recent
Polaroid shots, to Guess? which led her to do the Millennium Guess? campaign along with her friend and fellow Brazilian supermodel Alessandra Ambrosio.
She has done advertisements not only for Guess? but also for Christian Dior,
Armani jeans, Oakley, L'Oreal, Naf Naf, Diesel, Ermanno Scervino,
Victoria's Secret, Chanel cosmetics, and Jennifer Lopez's JLO fashion
line, among others.
In 2004 Jennifer Lopez selected Barros to be the face of her new
lingerie line, JLO Lingerie. Said Lopez, "I wanted someone young, sexy
and urban, with a universal appeal." Barros has been in shows for the
likes of Valentino, Missoni, Gucci, Christian Dior, Versace, Emporio Armani, BCBG, DKNY, Jean-Paul Gaultier, Dolce & Gabbana, Michael Kors and many more prestigious fashion houses.
She has been on numerous covers of magazines such as Glamour, Vogue,
Marie Claire, Allure; Brazilian magazines such as Capricho and Audi
magazine, W, ELLE to name a few. Barros appeared six times on Sports
Illustrated in the Swimsuit Issue (2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007).
She currently lives in New York but is always traveling. She
also has an apartment in Brazil and very often visits her family. After
a hard day of work, she loves to go bicycle riding or going to the
beach. She also likes to read about art, especially about painting.
Agua de Coco, Alphorria, Andrew Marc, Anna Rita N, Armani Jeans, Calzedonia, Chanel, Christian Dior, Cia Maritima, Clarins, Denimaxx, Diesel, Dumond, Ermanno Scervino, Exte, Forum, Guess?,
Hanro, Head & Shoulders, I.N.C., Intimissimi, J.Lo Lingerie, Kays,
Kristina Popovitch, L'Oreal, Maria Bonita Extra, Mexx, Miss Bikini,
Morgan, Naf Naf, Neiman Marcus, Next, Oakley, Oenobiol cosmetics, Onyx,
Pantene, Replay, Rosa Cha, Sergio Valente, Shopping Iguatemi, Sisley,
Speigel, St. Patrick, Swatch, Triton, Valisere, Victoria's Secret,
Vogue (Spain, Mexico), Elle
(Brazil, Portugal, Argentina, Greece, Spain), Harper's Bazaar, Glamour,
GQ, Harper's & Queen, Marie Claire, Photo, Amica, American Photo,
Trace, Arena, El Pais Semanal, 20Ans, Capricho, Nova
Agua de Coco, Agua Doce,
Aigner, Alexandre Herchcovitch , Alice Roi, Arkadius, Ba Doquee, Baby
Phat, Balmain, BCBG Max Azria, Betsey Johnson, Binetti, Blue Man,
Bruuns Bazaar, Catherine Malandrino, Chloe, Christian Dior, Christian Lacroix, Custo Barcelona, Diane von Furstenberg, Dirk Bikkembergs, DKNY, Donna Karan, Elie Saab, Ellus, Emporio Armani, Erreuno, Etro, Fause Haten, Forum, Girbaud, Guy Laroche, Halston, Iceberg, Imitation of Christ, Ines de la Fressange, Jean Paul Gaultier, John Galliano,
John Richmond, Kenzo, Lancetti, Leonard, Lino Villaventura, Lolita
Lempincka, M. Officer, Marcel Marongiu, Maria Bonita, Mariella Burani,
Maron Giu, Paco Rabanne, Philosophy di Alberta Ferretti, Poko Pano,
Randolph Duke, Rosa Cha, Sommer, Stella McCartney, Stephano Guerreiro, The Heart Truth, Thierry Mugler, Tomaso Stefanelli, Triton, Valentino, Versace, Versus, Victor Alfaro, Victor Bellaish, Victoria's Secret shows, Vivienne Westwood, Walter Rodrigues, Zang Toileonard