Michelle Alves (born September 19, 1978) is a Brazilian supermodel. She was born in Londrina, Parana, Brazil, as the daughter of a lawyer (mother) and an engineer (father). Alves was a top student in civil engineering at Brazil's Londrina State University prior to moving to Sao Paulo, where she pursued modeling. Michelle Alves is featured in the 2003 and 2005 editions of the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue and is presently contracted by Valentino and Christian Dior. She has also appeared in the 2003 Victoria's Secret Fashion Show, and in the Victoria's Secret catalog. Michelle Alves is an avid reader and self-described nerd". She is also a polyglot, fluent in Portuguese, Italian, French and English.