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ANTM Runway Show Taped In São Paulo

According to House Of Models, the final runway show of cycle 12 of America's Next Top Model was taped in São Paulo. I was invited at the very last minute for a Rosa Chá runway show last week, but was not able to attend it. I had no idea why the label was putting on a presentation a week before Christmas, but now it all makes sense. It was a swimwear show with ANTM finalists and a casting of Brazilian girls. Brazil's Next Top Model presenter Fernanda Motta was also present.

A Semana: Hard Candy, Project Runway, SJP, Gianecchini, And Raquel

Arjan Writes has an exclusive review of Madonna's Hard Candy, and news about the next Killers album, set to be produced by Confessions On A Dancefloor's Stuart Price.

Leona Lewis' debut album Spirit hits stores today. Get a copy asap.

Brazilian designer Mario Queiroz launched a new men's jewelry line at BaselWorld last week.

Alexander McQueen opens his first LA boutique today.

Casting for the second season of Brazil's Next Top Model has already started. Am hoping Sony will also cast a new panel of judges to make the show more fun and camp.

It looks like Project Runway is saying Auf Wiedersehen to Bravo, and moving to Lifetime.

Rumor has it that Sarah Jessica Parker was tapped to star in the ad campaign for São Paulo's Shopping Cidade Jardim, which opens its doors for the first time this May.

I love the fact that actor Reynaldo Gianecchini reads the paper shirtless every morning by the window of his apartment in Rio (and that Extra has pictures of it).

How do I get my hands on the new Handbook while I am in Brazil?

Ohlala interviews Michael Lucas.

Models.com has more pictures of La Zimmermann in the new issue of Hercules.

Brazil's Next Top Model Is...

19-year-old Mari Velho, from Santos, one of my favorites from the very beginning of the show.

Now as much as I agree that Mari Velho should have won the Ford modeling contract and the cover of Brazilian Elle, it was finalist Ana Paula Bertola who took the best pictures last night.

As for the show, it certainly grew on me as its first season progressed. There are still many issues that need to be addressed for next season, such as the awful lighting which makes everyone look pale and tired, the sound quality full of echoes and background noises, and the production of the shoots which could certainly benefit from an investment in art direction and styling. However, the important thing is that host Fernanda Motta came out of her shell, stopped acting like Tyra, and proved that she has what it takes to make the show work. I would still like to see her more extroverted and goofy side, and for that reason alone I cannot wait for the second season of the show.

Pictures of all the contestants and episodes at BRNTM.

A Semana: Cauã, DSquared2, Will Smith, Gisele, And Brazil's Next Top Model

Cauã Reymond is back in Rio after a month in São Paulo shooting his first movie Se Nada Mais Der Certo. For the role of a frustrated journalist, the actor had to lose eight pounds and his tan.

Dean and Dan Caten, the twins behind DSquared2, will join the long list of celebs who will be spending NYE in Rio. They already have a suite booked at the new Fasano Hotel.

Will Smith is scheduled to land in Rio as well, but only on January 13. He will be promoting his new movie I Am Legend, in which he stars opposite Brazilian actress Alice Braga.

Gisele signed with mass retailer C&A for the second time in her career. The new ad campaign was shot in China this past week.

Hedi Slimane is in talks with LVMH to develop his own menswear line. Diesel founder Renzo Rosso is apparently also interested in backing up the designer.

Prada CEO Patrizio Bertelli confirmed that he has set the process in motion for the company to go public next year.

The first season of Brazil's Next Top Model comes to an end tonight, and model turned host Fernanda Motta has already signed in for four more seasons. I have a feeling Mariana Velho will be the winner, taking home a R$ 200K modeling contract with Ford, and the cover of Elle.

Louis Vuitton will be featuring six major supermodels in its new campaign for spring 2008. A film showing the making of the ad campaign with Naomi Campbell, Claudia Schiffer, Natalia Vodianova, and others will be released tomorrow on Style.com.

Brazil's Next Top Model Finally Picks Up

Since I can no longer watch Project Runway, America's Next Top Model, or Heroes, until a day or more after they air in the United States, I ended up developing a strong bond with the first season of Brazil's Next Top Model.

The first couple of episodes were beyond tragic, but the show did grow on me recently. The photoshoots still look cheap, the styling is weak, and producer Pazetto has not managed to gain my love (or to even compare to his American counterpart Jay), but something has changed: the presenter. Model Fernanda Motta started out as insecure as the girls on the show, trying to be an exact replica of Tyra. Like to top four finalists, she also started taking chances on the show, and slowly started showing her true personality. As the first season comes to an end, Fernanda has become the best thing about the show. She has let her guard down, and even almost cried last week while hugging one of the girls who was eliminated. I am slightly obsessed with her actually.

Last night one of my favorite candidates, Mari R., was at the bottom two. I wish she would learn how to walk before the season is over because I love her look. The only black girl still on the running was sent home. In Brazil, the winner gets the cover of Elle magazine, which is way better than scoring the cover of Seventeen in my opinion.

Now changing the topic, have any of you seen High School Musical 2? My 6-year-old brother bought the DVD last night, and has been playing the songs non-stop today. It is nice to know that I am not the only one in the family into totally gay shows.

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