Meet Anne De Paula, Joel Embiid’s girlfriend and the mother of his son

Meet Anne De Paula, Joel Embiid’s girlfriend and the mother of his son

Kenneth Mwenda
updated at May 20, 2023 at 1:13 PM

Anne de Paula is well-known for her relationship with Joel Embiid, a famous Cameroonian professional basketball player representing the Philadelphia 76ers in the National Basketball Association. The couple met through a mutual friend in 2018. Do they have any children?

Anne De Paula and Joel Embiid
Anne De Paula (L) and Joel Embiid attend the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit x W South Beach Host Miami Swim Week Kickoff Party at W Hotel on July 12, 2019, in Miami. Photo: Alexander Tamargo
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Anne De Paula is a Brazilian model associated with Wilhelmina Models. She gained notoriety in 2017 after winning the Swimsuit Model Search competition. After winning the contest, she was the first "Sports Illustrated" swimsuit rookie to be featured in the magazine's edition in February 2018. Here are all the fascinating facts about Joel Embiid's girlfriend, Anne De Paula.

Profile and bio summary


Anne De Paula

Date of Birth

March 31 1995


28 years (as of May 2023)

Zodiac Sign


Place of Birth

Rio De Janeiro, Brazil

Current residence

New York


Model, Social Media Personality and Socialite




Roman Catholic


Latin – Brazilian


Rio De Janeiro


Joel Embiid


Arthur Elijah

Social media


Net Worth

$14 Million

How old is Anne De Paula?

Anne De Paula (aged 28 years as of May 2023) was born on March 31 1995, in Rio de Janeiro and is of Brazilian Nationality. She grew up in a favela in Rio de Janeiro, where football is a major sport. She began playing soccer at the age of eight after receiving encouragement from her father.

Anne De Paula's height

As per reports, the model is 5 feet and 9 inches tall and weighs about 56 kg. Her waist size is 26 inches. She has dark brown hair and brown eyes.

Anne De Paula's age
Model Anne De Paula attends the 2018 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue Launch Celebration at Magic Hour at Moxy Times Square on February 14, 2018, in New York City. Photo: Mike Pont
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Anne De Paula, her 'husband' and child

Anne has been in a relationship with Joel Embiid, which began in 2018. They met in New York City for dinner through a mutual friend. They first appeared in front of the public in October 2018. Embiid and his wife have a son called Arthur Elijah De Paula Embiid, who was born in September 2020.

Joel and Anne Dde Paula's baby bears the name Arthur in memory of Embiid's younger brother, who passed in a vehicle accident in Cameroon in 2014 at 13. The NBA player Joel Embiid announced the birth of their son on Twitter and Instagram. With a dash of humour, he said,

"First of 11 or more? I am trying to persuade her, but thus far, I am failing."

How old is Joel Embiid?

Joel Embiid (aged 29 years as of May 2023) was born on 16 March 1994 to military officer Thomas Embiid and his wife, Christine, in Yaoundé, Cameroon. Embiid's path in basketball took an important turn when he was discovered at a basketball camp by Luc Mbah a Moute, an NBA player and fellow native of Yaoundé.

Mbah a Moute became Embiid's mentor, and under his guidance, Embiid made the decision to relocate to the United States at the age of 16. He dedicated himself fully to the pursuit of a professional basketball career.

model Anne De Paula's height
Anne De Paula poses in the line of potential models during the 2018 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Casting Call at PARAISO during Miami Swim Week at The W Hotel South Beach on July 13, 2018, in Miami, Florida. Photo: Alexander Tamargo
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Anne De Paula's net worth

Anne is estimated to be worth $14 million (May 2023). She is a model under the representation of Wilhelmina, and her appearance in the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit issue helped her gain notoriety. The model has walked the runway for numerous well-known companies and established a solid reputation in the business. She has been depicted on magazine covers.

As of 20 May 2023. Anne De Paula has over 245,000 followers on her official Instagram profile. Joel Embiid has accumulated 7 million Instagram followers.

Fun facts about Anne and Embiid's relationship

  • In addition to French, de Paula speaks English and Portuguese
  • She started the sport Muay Thai as a teenager
  • Joel Embiid, his wife and son with their family visited Kenya in Africa in 2017
  • Anne did not know Embiid was a basketball player until the 7'0" Cameroonian stood up after dinner

Anne de Paula, a Brazilian model, made her Sports Illustrated Swimsuit debut as part of the 2017 Swimsuit model search. The same year, she topped the fan vote and was named the 2018 SI Swimsuit rookie. Anne is a proud dog mum in New York City and Philadelphia.

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Kenneth Mwenda is a business and sports writer with over five years of experience. At Sportsbrief, he contributes to writing biographies and listicles.