A Semana: Smoke Ban In Rio, La Bündchen, ANTP, Chanel, Rihanna, And Pride In São Paulo

The city of Rio passed a smoking ban on closed spaces, to be effective starting May 31. The president of the union of hotels, bars, and restaurants of the city, however, claims that the ban is unconstitutional and is already trying to have it revoked. I am thrilled with the news, and not only hope that the mayor can actually make smoking illegal at bars and clubs in Rio, but that the ban eventually takes place in São Paulo as well.

Emanuela de Paula was in Botswana shooting the Pirelli calendar with Peter Beard. Other Brazilians already confirmed for the calendar include Gisele, Raquel, and Isabeli.

La Bündchen was in the country this Wednesday to shoot a new campaign for her line of Ipanema Sandals.

Natasha Poly will be landing in the country for Fashion Rio early next month. She has already been confirmed for Lenny and two other shows.

Brazilian model Marcelle Bittar shot the ad campaign for Armani new men's fragrance Diamonds in Romania opposite actor Josh Hartnett. The commercial for the fragrance will be shot in New York.

This is America'n Next Top Model (spoiler alert).

According to Forbes, Evandro Soldati is the 7th most successful model in the world right now.

Nina Garcia has finally signed on for the fifth season of Project Runway. Now what's happening with MK?

Kaiser Karl took the Chanel resort 2009 collection to the Raleigh in Miami (and put Sebastien in shorts).

Rihanna almost broke another Billboard record yesterday when her new single Take A Bow leaped from #53 to the first spot on the Hot 100 Chart, thanks to 267,000 digital downloads. The record for best leap to #1 still belongs to Maroon 5's Makes Me Wonder, which jumped from 64 to 1 a year ago.

São Paulo Pride is a week away, and the list of the 22 floats which will take over Avenida Paulista has been officially released. This year surprisingly no nightclubs will have a float on the parade. Most floats will either be representing dating sites such as Manhunt or NGOs.

19 international DJs will be landing in the country next week for all the Gay Pride parties.

Haven't booked a hotel in São Paulo yet? I suggest Blue Tree Towers Paulista, which is right by MASP. I stayed there last year, and the service and staff was great. If you haven't decided which parties to attend yet, I will do my best to make your life easier by posting a complete list of Pride events early next week.

While we are still talking about a possible gay kiss on TV in Brazil, the California Supreme Court overturned the gay marriage ban, and Ellen announced she'll get married.


Well, I do agree this smoking ban decree is unconstitutional, indeed. Actually, it's not a matter of being good or not; it's about the mayor not having competence to do so.

Despite it, knowing Brazil's disorder as much as I do, I won't be any surprised in case this decree happens to be considered legal.

As a WestCoast man living in California in a virtually smoke-free state, I hope the ban happens and remains in Rio, my most favorite city of the world.

When I've traveled there, I definitely have had to separate myself from the throngs while at clubs, and while at LeBoy, I've always managed to get near the ventilation system or near fans so that the second hand smoke would not do damage to my health.

On the streets I had no problems; in restaurants I tried to separate myself from patrons who would virtually begin smoking.

Bring the ban on; it's the right thing to do for the health of a populace.

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