In 1999, Raquel Zimmermann debuted in Paris for Chanel and Valentino. She soon followed with a cover shoot for French Vogue in 2000 and a Christian Dior contract in 2001. After another cover shoot for French Elle that same year, Raquel Zimmermann got a chance to appear on the Italian Vogue cover for acclaimed photographer Steven Meisel.
Raquel Zimmermann was born in Bom Retiro do Sul, RS, Brazil on May 6, 1983. As a child, Raquel Zimmermann was very tall for her age, and even though she was a dedicated student, her peers felt that her height made her an ideal model.