New Year's In Brazil Wrap Up

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  • DSquared2's Dean and Dan Caten were spotted in Ipanema on new year's eve along with Neil Barrett.
  • Isabeli Fontana spent new year's in Fernando de Noronha with her boyfriend and her kids. Rodrigo Santoro, Javier Bardem, and Penelope Cruz were also seen on the island.
  • Cafe de la Musique was the place to be in Florianópolis on new year's eve. Models Alessandra Ambrósio, Izabel Goulart, Renata Maciel, Fernanda Motta, and actors Duda Nagle, Malvino Salvador, and Sérgio Marone, all partied at the restaurant.
  • Actor Reynaldo Gianecchini was spotted in Bahia over the weekend.
  • Rachel Zoe's assistant Brad Goreski has some Rio shopping tips to offer.
  • Natalia Vodianova spent new year's in Punta del Este. Rumor here is that she and her husband Justin Portman have split up.
  • View more pictures of the fireworks show in Copacabana.
  • 522 tons of garbage were collected in Rio on the 1st of January. In Copacabana alone, 1,300 people worked to remove all the garbage before dawn.
  • Torrential rains, floods, and mudslides in Angra dos Reis have killed 47 people over the last four days. On Friday night, the Sankay Inn resort and neighboring houses completely disappeared as a mountain collapsed as mud in the island of Ilha Grande. 221 homes in Angra dos Reis have been evacuated and closed off  this morning while rescue efforts are still in effect. The vice mayor of the city has estimated that the city will spend around R$ 250 million to start cleaning up the damage. Pictures of the tragedy are available at O Dia Online and Terra. Donations to the victims can be done over the phone at (24)3367.8107, or directly at Banco do Brasil, under Prefeitura de Angra - Calamidade Pública, agency 0460-x and acount number 74500-6.

Raquel Zimmermann, Rodrigo Santoro, And Marc And Lorenzo

Lorenzo Martone, Adriana Lima, Jesus Luz, And Video Phone

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  • Lorenzo Martone and former Elite marketing director Ryan Brown launched ARC NY last night in SoHo. ARC NY is a boutique talent PR agency just for models, and has already signed Brazilians Alessandra Ambrósio and Fernanda Motta, the host of Brazil's Next Top Model.
  • Go behind the scenes at the CFDA/ Vogue Fashion Fund Awards.
  • It looks like Isabeli Fontana got highlights.
  • Alessandra Ambrósio, Emanuela de Paula, Izabel Goulart, Caroline Trentini, Ana Beatriz Barros, Flávia de Oliveira, and Isabeli Fontana have been confirmed for this year's Victoria's Secret fashion show. Adriana Lima will not be strutting in lingerie this year because she just had a baby girl this past Sunday.
  • Rumor has it that Jesus Luz will be the new face (and body) of Brazilian underwear label Mash.
  • The controversy about Adam Lambert on the cover of the latest issue of OUT magazine.
  • A breakdown of Beyoncé's looks in the Video Phone video, which just so happens to be all about that cameo by Lady Gaga.
  • Here is the making of video of the story from the latest issue of ffw Mag! which I posted yesterday, courtesy of make-up artist Ricardo dos Anjos. (Warning: possibly nsfw)

The Fashion Rocks Dinner At The Copa

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The Fashion Rocks festivities in Rio kicked off last night with a benefit dinner in honor of Mario Testino and Donatella Versace, who arrived at the Copacabana Palace with Brazilian actress Mariana Ximenes.

View more pictures of the red carpet after the jump.

Cycle 3 Of Brazil's Next Top Model Is On (And I'm Rooting For The Dyke)

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What works this season:

  • Fernanda Motta finally let go of trying to act like Tyra, and looks comfortable (and freaking gorgeous) in her own skin as the show's host.
  • Designer Dudu Bertholini as a judge. Love him and everything he has to say.
  • Some of the girls could actually be models, and none of them is plus size or under 5'7".
  • The lesbian contestant twist, and the fact that the lesbian in question hit the runway in a skateboard. I am so already rooting for her.

What doesn't work:

  • The lighting is still beyond atrocious.
  • Carlos Pazetto is still not and will never be Jay, not even if he bleaches his hair platinum. Plus the fact that he never takes off his aviators is both annoying and freaky.
  • The camera work and the editing is just so bad and cheap sometimes it feels like I am watching The Blair Witch Project. That and all the slow motion takes need to be limited to a maximum of three per episode.

And finally, how come in a model-obsessed country like Brazil only 3,000 girls applied to compete in the show? Makes no sense to me.

For videos of the first episode (and dyke of the season Giovahnna), visit Brazil's Next Top Model.

Season 3 Of Brazil's Next Top Model Is On The Way

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The 20 semi-finalists for the third season of Brazil's Next Top Model have been announced, and you can already check out their pictures online. The show starts on September 10, and I am going to give it another try this season in hopes that it is actually fun and entertaining, two adjectives I would certainly not use to describe the past two seasons. BRNTM may have produced real working models, but as a TV show it is not nearly as interesting as watching Tyra Banks convince 5'5" girls that they can be walking the runway for Gucci.

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