It’s easy to diminish the work models do down to posing for photos and strolling down runaways. But there’s so much more involved, from travel to fittings and long hours in makeup artists’ chairs. Those photo shoots can also take much longer than you might think, as Adriana Lima revealed in a 2016 Instagram post. “We work as hard as any other individual. Today I had 10 hours of work day, shooting with a very bad cold, coughing no stop and a massive headache,” she wrote. “That did not stopped me on doing what I love.” By this time, the Brazilian model was a mother of two daughters, Valentina and Sienna. To get back home to them, she had to catch a delayed flight from New York to Miami, where she arrived in the middle of the night.
Lima’s post included a close-up shot of her face, and it appeared as though she wasn’t trying to hide her exhaustion with makeup. There were slight dark circles beneath her eyes and redness around her nose, likely a side effect of her cold. “[I] wanted to share the face of a hard working model,” she added.
Sharing makeup-free photos isn’t something Lima does often; she once told InStyle that she even applies makeup before she goes to the gym. She just happened to be the face of the Puma x Maybelline line of sweatproof makeup when she divulged this detail.