Maria Izabel Goulart Dourado (born October 23, 1984), better known as Izabel Goulart, is a Brazilian model. She is best known as one of the Victoria’s Secret Angels from 2005 to 2008 and for her work with Armani Exchange.

Early life and career

Goulart was born on October 23, 1984, in São CarlosSão PauloBrazil. She is of Italian descent and has four brothers and one sister.[2] Goulart once said, “the hardest part about being [a Victoria’s Secret Angel] is I spend time away from my mom’s food and away from my home with my five brothers and sister”.[3] School was a particularly rough time for Goulart, as she was made fun of for her skinny build and was called names such as “giraffe”.[4]

While shopping for groceries with her mother at age 14, a hairstylist suggested that she should become a model. She moved to the state capital, São Paulo, and started modelling,[2] moving to France shortly afterwards to develop her career. Goulart returned to São Paulo in August 2001 (aged 17), where she joined former agency Success.  Her career in the Brazilian fashion world was launched by Ney Alves, currently the director of Major Models Brazil.[5]

Modelling career

During Goulart’s first ever fashion show appearance, she experienced a wardrobe malfunction when her top fell open. The incident made many Brazilian newspapers. She eventually put this event behind her and returned to the runway to model collections for A-list designers such as  Alberta FerrettiBill Blass, BalenciagaBottega VenetaIsabel Marant, GivenchyAltuzarraOscar de la RentaValentinoBalmainJil SanderChanelMichael KorsRalph LaurenEmilio PucciDolce and GabbanaEmanuel UngaroLoeweRoberto Cavalli and Stella McCartney, among others.[6] Goulart has also modelled for H&MExpressNeiman MarcusMissoni and Dsquared.

In 2005, Goulart appeared on the covers of the April edition of Marie Claire France and, in December, Vogue Brazil.[7] She first appeared in the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show in 2005, the year she was contracted as an Angel. She received a star on the Hollywood “Walk of Fame” prior to the 2007 Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show.[8] Although she is no longer an Angel, Goulart walked in the 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2013 Victoria’s Secret Fashion Shows.   In 2008, she replaced fellow Victoria’s Secret Angel Alessandra Ambrosio as the face of A/X Armani Exchange and she was featured in three seasonal print campaigns for the label.[9] She has shot for top photographers such as Terry Richardson, David Sims, Greg Kadel, and Vincent Peters for such publications as French and Japanese VogueHarper’s Bazaar Spain, L’Officiel,Allure French magazine, and Numero.  Goulart can be seen in the fall 2009 H&M campaign.

In 2010, Goulart appeared on the cover of the October issue for GQ Mexico, Vogue Brazil and appeared in a campaign for Avon.  In the same year, she was voted the best international top model by the magazine Glamour Mexico.[10]

In 2011, Goulart appeared in the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue. She can be seen in the Spring/Summer 2011 campaign for Dolce and Gabbana, the Pre-Fall 2011 campaign for Givenchy, Yamamay’s 10th Anniversary Collection and the Fall/Winter 2011 campaign for DKNY Jeans.[11] The same year, she ranked number 100 in FHM magazine’s list of the 100 Sexiest Women In The World.[12] She also appeared on one of the four covers of Elle Brasil.  She was named the face of the Dolce & Gabbana spring-summer 2011 campaign alongside fellow Brazilian models Isabeli Fontana and Alessandra Ambrozio.

In February 2012, she was photographed by Dusan Reljin for Vogue Spain, and later that year by Mario Testino, again for Vogue Spain, in an editorial entitled “Las majas”, which also featured Alessandra AmbrosioDoutzen KroesMiranda Kerr and Isabeli Fontana.  In November, she was recognised as “Fashion Personality of the Year” by the Brazilian magazine Isto é Gente,[13] and she also appeared on the cover of Glamour Brazil in December 2012.

In February 2013 she appeared on the cover of one of the four issues of Vogue Brasil, together with Bette FrankeMagdalena Frackowiak, and Mirte Maas.

In mid 2013 she became the face of MAC Cosmetics Tropical Taboo range and she was photographed by Zee Nunes for the October edition of Vogue Brazil in an editorial entitled “Olympiada Fashion”.  Later that year she appeared in a campaign for Agua De Coco promoting its Spring/Summer 2014 beachwear collection. She also appeared on the cover of GQ Portugal in December 2013, after she was elected as the magazine’s “International Woman of the Year” in May of that year. [15]

Public image ranks her number 12 on the Top 20 sexiest models,[14]  and 29th in The Money Girls rankings[16].  In December 2007, she won the Cool Magazine’s “Toshiba Cool Planet Award” in the category of  “Best Model”.  As an Angel, she was chosen as one of People magazine’s annual “100 Most Beautiful People in the World” in May 2007.[17]

Personal life

She mentioned being single during a February 2008 interview on Late Night with Conan O’Brien.

She is fluent in Portuguese, English and French[18]. Goulart formerly dated businessman, Sebastian Gobbi, for about three years from 2003 to 2006. They were reported to be engaged, but she denied it in an interview given in 2008 on the show Late Night with Conan O’Brian.[19] She began dating transport businessman, Marcelo Costa, in 2006.[20]

Goulart, whose brother has type 1 diabetes,[21] does charitable work, helping hospitals in her native Brazil to raise money to provide free insulin for diabetic children in need. She also has taken an active role with the Diabetes Research Institute (DRI) at the University of Miami, a recognized leader in cure-focused research. In 2009, Goulart became the DRI’s international ambassador and in that role helps to promote the work of the DRI throughout her travels.[21]

Notable appearances

During an appearance on Late Night with Conan O’Brien in May 2006, O’Brien asked, “What kind of guy do you look for?”, and Goulart simply replied “You”.

On February 28, 2007, on a follow-up appearance on the show, O’Brien asked to dance with her, and Goulart then suggested dinner after the show. She mentioned that, “In Brazil we have a saying—You’re married, but you’re not dead.”

Goulart appeared again on Late Night, this time on February 7, 2008. She brought O’Brien a Valentine’s Day gift, which was later given away to an audience member, who ran with him to the backstage, for taking a good picture of O’Brien and Brian Williams. In the episode, she mentioned that she learned English by watching Woody Woodpecker cartoons.

Goulart appeared in an episode of Two and a Half Men (Season 4, Episode 9: “Corey’s Been Dead for an Hour”).[22]

She made a guest appearance in the thirteenth episode of Season 3 of Entourage alongside fellow Angel Alessandra Ambrosio.


  1. a b c d e “Fashion Model Directory”. Retrieved 2007-06-14.
  2. a b Profile at; retrieved on 16 May 2007.
  3. “Behind the Scenes with a Victoria’s Secret Angel”. Retrieved 2007-12-16.
  4. “Victoria’s Scarring Secrets: Teased for Being Too Skinny”Fox News. 2007-11-30. Retrieved 2007-12-16.
  5. Modelomania, All about the lives of models Retrieved on 2013-12-3
  6. Izabel Goulart Biography“. Retrieved on 2007-05-16.
  7. FMD Profile
  8. ^ “Pop Tarts: Victoria’s Secret Angels Have Ugly Days … Except Adriana Lima” November 15, 2007. Retrieved January 10, 2014.
  9. Armani Exchange 08. Retrieved 16 January 2014
  10.  Top Glamour Awards 2010
  11.  Izabel Goulart | Database
  12.  100 Sexiest Women in the World 2011, FHM magazine.
  13.  The Leap of Chameleon, Isto é Gente magazine. Retrieved 15 January 2014
  14.  Top Sexiest models. Retrieved 24 October 2013
  15.  Izabel Goulart was elected Woman of the Year by GQ Portugal GQ Brazil (27 November 2013). Retrieved 5 December 2013.
  16.  The Money Girls. Retrieved 22 November 2013.
  17. The Models of Victoria’s Secret“, People. Retrieved January 13, 2014.
  18.  Model Behaviour: Izabel Goulart – (11 October 2011). Retrieved 29 November 2013.
  19. Retrieved 19 January 2014.
  20.  Izabel Goulart: “I like to come home” (11 December 2012). Revista, Issue 638. Retrieved 1 November 2013.
  21. a b “Supermodel Izabel Goulart Parts With Diabetes Research Institute Foundation as International Ambassador”Diabetes Research Institute. 2009-04-24. Retrieved 2009-12-18.
  22. Two and a Half Men“. Retrieved on 2007-11-25.

External links

Izabel Goulart’s Official Page

Izabel Goulart on Twitter

Izabel Goulart on Flickr

Izabel Goulart at the Fashion Model Directory

Izabel Goulart at the Internet Movie Database

Izabel Goulart at

Izabel Goulart featured as’s Model of the Week profile

Izabel Goulart profile on New York Magazine

(Source: information retrieved from on 15 October 2013).  Additional information is highlighted in red (Wikipedia entry also amended).

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