Isabeli Fontana is cashing in with a line of clothes, accessories, and lingerie, developed in partnership with mass retailer C&A in Brazil. The collection is already in stores.
Gisele Bündchen is turning 30 today, and you can leave a message for her on her official website. To view pictures of her in the new Roberto Cavalli fall 2010 ad campaign, head over to Fashiontography.
I am happy to report that Made In Brazil regular André Arteche (you know, the actor we totally stalked during the summer) and actor Gustavo Leão will play a gay couple in the remake of the soap Ti Ti Ti.
Milan has taken over the title of fashion capital of the world in the Global Language Monitor’s annual survey. New York slipped to the second spot on the list after a five-year run on the top, and São Paulo finally broke into the list of top 10 fashion capitals, climbing 25 spots from last year's list and landing at number 8.
Globo networks may have never aired a gay kiss in one of its soaps, but it deserves some credit for the work its current primetime soap A Favorita is doing in terms of educating the Brazilian population about homosexuality.
In this past Saturday's episode, one of the characters defended a lesbian chef who had just been outed and had her restaurant boycotted by the people of the small fictitious town of Triunfo. I took the time to translate the scene.
"Is Stela (the lesbian character) a criminal? Doesn't she pay her taxes just like the rest of us? She actually does more than most of us. She came to this town, opened a restaurant, and hired several people, generating revenue. ...So if no one has anything against her personally, why choose to boycott her restaurant?"
When a religious town lady answers that Stela is a pervert and sets a bad example for the community, the reply is: "Why? Because she likes women? Is that some sort of flaw? A crime? Cheating on your husband, cheating on your wife, stealing, selling alcohol to minors, and gossiping, you are all okay with that; but love, and falling in love with someone of your same sex, that is something you cannot cope with."
It may not have the same impact when translated, but it was the most honest and important pro-gay speech I have seen in a national soap. I hope it will resonate with viewers across the country.
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