After acquiring representation, Lima's modeling portfolio quickly began to expand, and she appeared in numerous international editions of Vogue and Marie Claire.Her first magazine cover was Marie Claire Brazil in September 1998.Jason Wu stated about Lima, "She's sexy, and there's this feline-esque prowess that felt appropriate for the clothes. At the end of the day, these ads are about the women and the sexiness, and I continue to choose women who inspire me." In 2004, she was part of the five Angels promoting Victoria's Secret nationwide in the so-called "Angels Across America"-Tour alongside Tyra Banks, Heidi Klum, Gisele Bündchen and Alessandra Ambrosio."Angel in Venice" commercial of 2003 with Bob Dylan.As a runway model, she has walked the catwalk for designers such as Rosa Cha, Blue man, Fashion's Night Out, Caio Gobbi, Fause Haten, M.
In 2012, she came in 4th on the Forbes top-earning models list, estimated to have earned .3 million in one year.
She also appeared in the book A Second Decade of Guess? Lima has also worked for notable fashion brands bebe, Armani, Versace, De Beers, Elie Saab, Colcci, Schiaparelli, Prada, Intimissimi, GUESS?
, LOEWE, H&M, Bulgari, Miu Miu, Donna Karan, Emporio Armani, Givenchy, Keds, Mossimo, Jason Wu, Balmain, Blumarine, Marc Jacobs, Maybelline, BCBG, and Louis Vuitton.
has been all over the map with cover features in magazines all over the world – she’s been argued to be the hottest super model in the world, along with her VS pal, Candice Swanepoel.
(being their longest-running model and named "the most valuable Victoria's Secret Angel" in 2017), as a spokesmodel for Maybelline cosmetics since 2003 and for her Super Bowl and Kia Motors commercials.