Alves in 2011
January 28, 1982 |
Itambacuri, Minas Gerais, Brazil
|Spouse(s)||Matthew McConaughey (m. 2012)|
|Height||5 ft 9 in (175 cm)|
|Manager||Major Model Management|
Growing up eating fruits and vegetables fresh from our farm added a lot to the way I taste and look at food today, and I wanted the same for my kids and other kids.
I got my green card and everything through my work, even before marriage or anything like that, so you really have to follow the rules and do everything the right way to be able to accomplish that, so it was big… I had my green card for so long.
Education is a way of empowering people; it opens up so many doors and is fundamental to everybody. And teachers are not often appreciated in the way that they should be.
If there's one thing any mom should have for fall, it's a peplum top.
When I lived in Greece and off the coast of Italy, I enjoyed a branzino dish so much that I created my own version.
Embrace yourself and do what you can to look and feel your best. Don't put on so many fashion trends that create a ridiculous style statement. Pick and choose what feels good, and flatters your own body.
I think the only time that I worry about looking good is on the red carpet.
I am very proud to say that America is my home! I have so much respect for this country and the people in it. I'm so grateful that you guys have taken me in with care and respect.
A lot of times, you think you want something, and then you find something completely different.
I love wearing my hair curly, but turning the curling iron all the way up creates curls that look really made up and artificial.
Somebody showed me a picture of some event I went to back in the day, and I was really going heavy on the turquoise jewelry, and it was not good. I was like, 'OK, I guess that was a phase that needed to happen.'
Before a shoot, I'll watch what I eat. During the shoot, I watch what I eat. Afterwards, the first thing I do is go have a steak and French fries.
I'm definitely a vintage collector. I have a wardrobe of core basics that I like to spice up with different colors, new accessories, and I love to try on new things to invite something different. I find, with every new stage of my life, my self-image shifts with new duties and responsibilities, and so does my fashion style.
I love having my daughter in the kitchen with me as I prepare meals. We talk about anything and everything!
When I had my first child, I started to try and make fresh food for him daily, and I became frustrated with the amount of work – and time – involved in making baby food at home.
I love Austin for vintage shopping, and there are some really good places in L.A., too.
I loved seeing my mom put her own twist on years-old family recipes and also create new dishes. This made me develop a passion for cooking at a young age and would eventually inspire me to prepare meals and host wonderful family dinners.
I like a little bit of a rough look because it's sexy. But when a man has a rough look, and he goes and gets a cleanup, then it's very sexy as well.
I like to keep Valentine's dinner light so you don't crash after and can keep the fun going through the night!
I come from a simple background, so I couldn't call my father and say, 'Come pay my bills,' so I had to get out there and work.
When I was a kid, I wanted a Chanel bob and bangs. My mom said no. I went to the salon anyway, and they said, 'No way – we are not going to do that to your hair.' So I did it myself. Big mistake. Instead of my bangs going down straight, they were sticking up like a cat. It was horrible.
My waist used to be tiny. I just saw a picture of Miley Cyrus with a little crop top and low pants, and I'm like, 'That was me growing up in Brazil!' I had the typical model body, but after babies, it changed. I look more like a woman.
I think the only time that I worry about looking good is on the red carpet.
Most of my family doesn't speak English. It's so important for the baby. He's going to know all his American roots, but he also needs to know about his Brazilian side.
Women inspire me. Women in the airports, around the country in different cities, destinations around the world, inspire me with the way they express their individuality. I love watching women and discovering all the ways each person uses a color, pattern, a style, even a lipstick color. I'm a people watcher.
Easter is one of my favorite holidays with the kids. They get to run loose, and we always have our family and loved ones all around us!
This shared love of cooking and celebration has allowed me to create a strong bond with my family.
I just throw on foundation and under-eye concealer, then dust bronzer on my cheeks so they look defined.
If you think about it, all of us have one or more teachers who were instrumental.
It's a balance. But you have to have your cheat day; you have to take your time to have the pleasure. Otherwise, what's the point?
I enjoy celebrating Valentine's Day. It's a nice way to say you're thinking about your family, someone special, or dear friends.
We are all so busy and constantly trying to save time and balance everything.
I love wearing dresses that hug the body, but then, at the Oscars, I had a big dress, and I really loved that. It's a style I never thought I would wear, but I saw the dress, and I was like, 'Oh my God, that's it!'
I'm a mother of three. I don't really have the time to put very elaborate outfits together, so I keep it casual but dress it up with shoes, a bag, and jewellery.
I respect marriage, and I think it's beautiful that people do it. But for me, more important than anything is having a peaceful life and a peaceful home.
I have a hard time finding high boots that go up to your knee, because of the shape of my calves.
I have vintage things that I got nine, 10 years ago, and every time I clean my closet, I can't get rid of them. I think, 'I will never find this again!'
The way we do music in Brazil is very different because we are so moved by music; we grow up with that.
We tried every single way of giving birth. It didn't work. I wasn't too crazy about having to do a C-section and take all the drugs. Finally, I just had to be like, 'Let it go.'
A lot of people, sometimes they're so stuck on, 'I gotta get married, I gotta get married.' They forget that the really important thing is to have a healthy home, a healthy family, a healthy environment for your kids and to have everything going in a good, peaceful way.
It wasn't such a pleasant experience. We went through 14 hours with contractions every two minutes, no epidural, no nothing. Every two minutes, I would pass out. I went to the hospital on Saturday, and Levi was born on Monday.
The main thing for me is to make sure our home is peaceful, that it's healthy, that the kids are good.
One thing that we decided very early in the relationship is that when he goes, we all go – the whole family.
I never understood when people go, 'Oh my gosh, it's so easy being pregnant.' No, it's hard. It's the most beautiful thing, yes, but it's hard.
A lot of the time, you see something really beautiful, but if you don't have the perfect figure and are a really small size, it won't work well for you.
My kids love going to school. When my son started going to kindergarten, we asked him, 'How was it?' and his only complaint was that he didn't get to stay in there longer.
One of my favorite memories from growing up in Brazil is being in the kitchen with my family and watching everyone bake and cook.
Because my hair is curly, I used to do all the straighteners, the Japanese this and the Brazilian that. And at the end of the day, your hair ends up not having a texture, not having the body – no shine. You're pretty much frying your hair. So understand the type of hair you have and do the best with what you have.
I was never the girl that grew up saying I want to get married. I actually told my parents to not expect me to get married.
My father always told me, 'Before you become a queen, you have to learn how to take care of your own things.' So I knew how to do all of it, but I had never really done it on a daily basis. So I was cleaning houses, and I started working restaurants.
It was a really big deal to become an American citizen the right way. You have to work really hard, and it is such an honor to be able to say that.
As a mom of three young kids, it's difficult to reserve a big chunk of time for shopping, so I try to get my gifts little by little throughout the year. I think this is especially helpful for those of us who are budget conscious.