In a way, otherworldly beauties Adriana Lima and Alessandra Ambrosio have been cultural ambassadors for Brazil throughout the span of their careers, so it makes perfect sense that NBC would go and make the title official. With the 2016 Rio Olympics just around the corner (the games commence August 5) the network has tapped the veteran Victoria’s Secret Angels as its food and culture correspondents. Perhaps they’ll have a chance to take a Rio-backed selfie with their former colleague Gisele Bündchen, who is hosting the opening ceremony at the city’s famed Maracana Stadium.
The 35-year-old duo will star in a series of segments to be aired during NBC’s late-night Olympic coverage, which will be hosted by Ryan Seacrest. Expect more light-hearted, smirk-inducing interviews like the one seen below:
Fluffy or not, the supermodels are understandably thrilled about their new gigs. “Brazilians are very passionate about sports, sports run in our blood!” said Lima, who hails from Salvador, Bahia. “We’re just so honored to have this huge event in our country. This way, the whole world will have a chance to experience our culture up close.”
“I am so proud that the games are in Rio this year,” added Erechim-born Ambrosio, who told People her love of Rio stems from its beautiful scenery, time-honored traditions and friendly locals.
As for the competition itself, it goes almost without saying that both models are anxious to see Brazilian soccer star Neymar da Silva Santos Júnior — who Ambrosio counts as a good friend — in action. (Just when you thought her life couldn’t be any more enviable.)
If you’re looking to get in on the excitement, Ambrosio and Lima’s recommendations for first-time visitors include a trip to Sushi Leblon, stand-up paddle boarding in Ipanema, dinner at Aprazivel (where they grill your meal inside a tree trunk before your very eyes) and a meditative visit to Christ the Redeemer. Between the Angels’ travel tips and the fashion set’s breathtaking shots from the Louis Vuitton Resort 2017 cruise, we’re more than ready to smother ourselves in mosquito repellent and pack our bags.
[ via People ]