Lais Ribeiro: My son's stunned that I'm famous
Victoria's Secret Angel Lais Ribeiro's son couldn't understand why she was on the cover of a magazine as he doesn't know she's a model.
The 25-year-old star was one of a new crop of women who were handed their wings by the luxury lingerie company in April (15). She's also appeared on the cover of Self magazine this year and it means her seven-year-old son Alexandre is starting to realise her job is unusual.
"He actually doesn't really know what I do," she told vogue.co.uk. "When my Self story came out, he saw the pictures and asked if it was me... I said it was me and that it's my job and he replied, 'What? Are you famous or something?'"
Being named an Angel alongside other new recruits such as Sara Sampaio, Martha Hunt and Elsa Hosk was completely overwhelming for Lais. She was shooting an editorial piece in Mexico when the news came through and she immediately burst into tears, causing everyone around her to worry something terrible had happened. Even now she is "still pinching" herself as it's so hard to accept she's won such a major role.
One of the things which is most enjoyable about working with Victoria's Secret for Lais is getting to know her fellow models. She's been with the brand for years and counts major faces such as Adriana Lima and Alessandra Ambrosio as friends, plus teaming up with other working mothers is inspiring.
"Having a child changes everything, obviously," she explained. "Yes, it's motivated me more to be the best person I can be and to be a true role model for him."
Modelling has taught Lais not to underestimate herself and to always follow her dreams, something she would tell her younger self if she could. When she was 10 her focus was on school because she wanted to study medicine, and she's proud that work has always been her main concern.