Born on July 31, 1981, Ana Claudia Michels is a Brazilian model who is of German descent. She grew up in Joinville, Santa Catarina, Brazil. At the age of 16, she was introduced to the owners of the Mega Agency and she signed a modeling contract with them instantly.
Ana Claudia Michels made her modeling debut just a year after signing her modeling contract when she appeared on the cover of Desfile. She then signed with Women Management. In 1999, she walked the spring Marc Jacob show in New York. Michels also became the face of Thierry Mugler and was featured on the cover of Italian Vogue.
The years between 2000 and 2004 were some of Michels' busiest. She was featured on the cover of Spanish Vogue, Brazil Vogue, Harper's Bazaar, The Face and German Vogue. In addition, Michels also was featured in editorials for a variety of magazines, including, British Vogue, British Elle, and Cosmopolitan. More of her top accomplishments during this time period include becoming the face of Thierry Mugler and Louis Vuitton, modeling or the Calvin Klein Jeans all ad campaign and walking in the annual Victoria's Secret Fashion Show in 2000.
In 2008, Ana Claudia Michels signed with Ford Models in New York. She also modeled for the Anthropologie summer catalog and opened the spring Givenchy show in Paris. Michels closed the year by leaving Ford Models and signing with Supreme Management.
During the next few years, Michaels appeared in editorials for i-D, Brazilian Vogue, V, British Elle and German Vogue, which was photographed by Jacques Dequeker. Furthermore, she walked the spring Givenchy couture show in Paris and the fall Costella Tagliapietra show in New York. Michaels was popular for her long line of advertising campaigns for companies such as Burberry, Nike, Tommy Hilfiger, Giorgio Armani, Louis Vuitton and Macy's.
Ana Claudia Michels reportedly makes $3 million dollars each year just from modeling. Furthermore, she was voted “Queen of the Catwalk” by Vogue UK readers and was featured in the renowned, Pirelli Calendar.
Aside from being one of the highest paid, as well as one of the most photographed models in the world, this Brazilian model also loves to travel. In fact, she collects bracelets from every destination that she ventures off to. Furthermore, she has a miniature Schnauzer named “Rocco.” Michels has stated that fellow model Gisele Bundchen is her role model.