The Brazilian Victoria's Secret models just got a new gig in Rio

By Kylie Gilbert
Updated: July 21, 2016

These days, models are so much more than just mannequins who walk down the runway: They're adding as many job descriptions to their résumés as they please. And now, Victoria's Secret veterans Adriana Lima and Alessandra Ambrosio are doing the same, adding "Olympics correspondent" for the 2016 Rio Games to their list of accomplishments. (Psst: We've got Alessandra Ambrosio's Runway-Ready Workout.)

The models will be returning to their native Brazil this summer as NBC's food and culture correspondents, People reports. (They'll be joined by fellow former VS model and Brazil native Gisele Bundchen, who will reportedly be hosting the opening ceremony in Rio.)

While we're not sure what exactly their new role will entail, they'll be part of NBC's late night programming hosted by Ryan Seacrest, and will appear in "cultural features across various platforms" to help share their home country with the rest of the world. (NBC has already put Ambrosio to work having her teach Portuguese to Olympians like swimmer Ryan Lochte and soccer star Julie Johnston.)

"Brazilians are very passionate about sports, sports run in our blood!" Lima tells People. "We're just so honored to have this huge event in our country."

Unsurprisingly, both Brazilian sports fanatics report that they're looking forward to seeing the Brazilian soccer team, including the "God of Brazilian soccer," Neymar da Silva Santos Junior, who is a "good friend" of Ambrosio.

As for which U.S. Olympians they're looking forward to the seeing the most, "I'm definitely going to be following Kerri Walsh as she goes for her fourth Olympic medal," Ambrosio told People. Lima on the other hand is looking forward to seeing how Michael Phelps fares. "He is such a talented swimmer and so strong. I hope that I will have the chance to watch him up close," she said.

Judging by the amount of people who tune in to see the Brazilian duo walk the Victoria's Secret Fashion Show runway every year, we'd say this move was a slam dunk on NBC's part.



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