Lima is of Portuguese, Native Brazilian, African, Japanese, Swiss, and West Indian ancestry, which classifies her as a Pardo Brazilian. She personally identifies as an Afro-Brazilian.
Adriana Lima was born on June 12, 1981, in Salvador, Bahia, Brazil. She is the daughter of Nelson Torres, a carpenter, and Maria das Graças Lima, a social worker. From the age of 6 months, Lima was reared by her mother only, because her father had deserted the family.