Famous Brazilian Women

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If you thought Brazilian women were all about being just beautiful and sexy, think again. Some food for your thought – Dilma Vana Rousseff, an economist and politician, who started off as a Municipal Secretary of Treasury rose to become the 36th President of Brazil. With this appointment, she has become the first woman to hold the prestigious office. Maria das Gracas Silva Foster joined Petrobras as a chemical engineer in 1981. Today, she serves as the CEO of the Brazilian oil giant. Brazil’s topmost fashion brand Dudalina owes much of its fame and popularity to Sonia Hess, a Brazilian entrepreneur who turned the family-owned brand into a major fashion house.

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Gisele Bündchen
(One of the Highest-Paid Models in the World)
Gisele Bündchen
60
Birthdate: July 20, 1980
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Horizontina, State of Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil

Regarded as the epitome of supermodel, Gisele Bündchen is credited with bringing an end to the heroin chic era of modeling and ushering in a healthy look with curves. She pioneered and popularized the horse walk and is considered the only remaining supermodel. 

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Adriana Lima
(Brazilian Model Who was Named the 'Most Valuable Victoria's Secret Angel' in 2017)
Adriana Lima
25
Birthdate: June 12, 1981
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Salvador, Bahia, Brazil

Adriana Lima is a Brazilian model who became famous as a Victoria's Secret Angel. One of the longest-running Victoria's Secret Angels of all time, Lima was adjudged the most valuable Angel in 2017. Since 2003, she has been serving as a spokesmodel for Maybelline cosmetics. One of the world's highest-paid models, Adriana Lima is also known for her charity work.

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Morena Baccarin
(Best Known for Her Films: 'Firefly', 'Serenity' and TV Series: 'Homeland', 'Gotham' and 'Endgame')
Morena Baccarin
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Birthdate: June 2, 1979
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Born in Brazil, Morena Baccarin is the daughter of Italian actor Vera Setta. The Juilliard alumna is best known for series such as Homeland, Gotham, and Firefly and movies such as the Deadpool franchise. She voiced Gideon in The Flash. She also works for refugees seeking asylum in the U.S.
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Alessandra Ambrosio
(One of the World’s Sexiest Women)
Alessandra Ambrosio
18
Birthdate: April 11, 1981
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Erechim, Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil
Brazilian-American model/actor Alessandra Ambrósio has been a Victoria's Secret Angel and also promoted the brand’s PINK line. Named one of People’s 100 Most Beautiful People in the World, she is also associated with the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, co-owns a beachwear brand, and has appeared on various TV shows.
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Alice Braga
(Actress and Producer Known for Her Role as ‘Angélica’ in the Film ‘City of God’)
Alice Braga
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Birthdate: April 15, 1983
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: São Paulo, Brazil

Alice Braga is one of the most popular Hollywood actresses from Brazil, having appeared in popular films like I Am Legend, Repo Men, The Rite, Predators, and Elysium. An openly bisexual actress, Alice Braga serves as an inspiration to the LGBT community, especially bisexuals.

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Camila Alves
(Brazilian Model, Designer and Wife of American Actor Matthew McConaughey)
Camila Alves
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Birthdate: January 28, 1982
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Itambacuri, State of Minas Gerais, Brazil

Camila Alves’s rags-to-riches story is an inspiration to many. The Brazilian beauty went from being a waitress to the brand ambassador of a Macy’s collection. She designs the Muxo brand of bags and has also dabbled in hosting, lifestyle blogging, and entrepreneurship. Camila is also known as Matthew McConaughey’s wife.

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Anitta
(Singer)
Anitta
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Birthdate: March 30, 1993
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Rio de Janeiro
Larissa de Macedo Machado, better known as Anitta, soared to fame with the tracks Meiga e Abusada and Show das Poderosas. She has won the MTV Europe Music Award for the Best Brazilian Act five times and became the first Brazilian musician to earn the Best Latin American Act award.
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Carmen Miranda
(Brazilian Actress and Samba Singer Known for Her Signature Tall Hats Made of Real Fruit)
Carmen Miranda
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Birthdate: February 9, 1909
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Marco de Canaveses, Portugal
Died: August 5, 1955

Carmen Miranda was a Portuguese-born Brazilian samba dancer, singer, film star, and Broadway actress. Nicknamed The Brazilian Bombshell, Miranda is credited with popularizing the fruit hat outfit in the USA. Her performances also popularized Brazilian music and helped increase awareness of Latin culture. Her life and career inspired a documentary titled Carmen Miranda: Bananas is My Business.

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Jennifer O'Neill
(Actress Known for Her Role as War Widow 'Dorothy' in 'Summer of 42')
Jennifer O'Neill
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Birthdate: February 20, 1948
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Born to an English mother and a Brazilian father, actor Jennifer O'Neill had begun modeling at 15. She later became part of films such as Summer of '42. She had attempted suicide at 14 and had later got married nine times to eight men. She was also a promising equestrienne.

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Marta
(Football player)
Marta
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Birthdate: February 19, 1986
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Dois Riachos, Alagoas, Brazil
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Sônia Braga
(Brazilian Actress)
Sônia Braga
1
Birthdate: June 8, 1950
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Maringá, Paraná, Brazil

Sônia Braga is a Brazilian actress best known for playing important roles in films like Kiss of the Spider Woman, Dona Flor and Her Two Husbands, and Moon over Parador. One of the most celebrated and critically acclaimed actresses of her generation, Braga was included in The New York Times' 25 Greatest Actors of the 21st Century list in 2020.

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Dilma Rousseff
(36th President of Brazil)
Dilma Rousseff
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Birthdate: December 14, 1947
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Belo Horizonte, Minas Gerais, Brazil

Brazilian economist and politician Dilma Rousseff served as the president of Brazil from 2011 to 2016, becoming the first Brazilian woman president. She has also served as former president Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva’s Chief of Staff earlier and has been part of various energy-conservation groups.

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Bianca Comparato
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Birthdate: November 19, 1985
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
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Bethe Correia
(Mixed Martial Artist)
Bethe Correia
3
Birthdate: June 22, 1983
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Campina Grande, Paraíba, Brazil

Brazilian MMA fighter Bethe Correia, also known as Pitbull, initially studied accounting but soon realized she wasn’t cut out for an office job. She has had a long stint with UFC and is known for her grappling skills. Her retirement bout in 2021 was postponed due to an appendix surgery.

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Chrysti Ane
(Actress, Model)
Chrysti Ane
5
Birthdate: July 26, 1993
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Rio De Janeiro

Chrysti Ane is a Brazilian fitness model and actress best known for her portrayal of Sarah Thompson in the popular American children's television show, Power Rangers Ninja Steel. Renowned for her fitness regime and well-toned physique, Chrysti Ane enjoys a considerable fan following on social media platforms, such as Instagram.

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Lais Ribeiro
(Brazilian Model Known for Her Work as a 'Victoria’s Secret Angel')
Lais Ribeiro
3
Birthdate: October 5, 1989
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Teresina, Brazil

Lais Ribeiro is a Brazilian model. She gained international fame when she was selected to work as a Victoria's Secret Angel. She initially received training to become a nurse. However, on the advice of a friend, she took up modeling gigs and soon found success. She has appeared in advertising campaigns for Ralph Lauren, Christian Dior, and Tom Ford.  

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Izabel Goulart
(Brazilian Fashion Model Best Known for Her Work in 'Victoria’s Secret Angels' (2005 - 2008))
Izabel Goulart
1
Birthdate: October 23, 1984
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: São Carlos, São Paulo, Brazil

Izabel Goulart is a Brazilian fashion model best known for her stint as a Victoria's Secret Angel. She has also been featured in the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue. She began modeling as a teenager and has modeled collections of top designers like designers such as Alberta Ferretti, Bill Blass, and Balenciaga. She is also involved in charitable work. 

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Daniela Lavender
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Birthdate: December 14, 1974
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Bahia

Daniela Lavender is a Brazilian actress who appears on both English-language TV and Brazilian TV. She is also active on the stage and in cinema. She is trained in dancing and studied drama at the Dirceu de Mattos school before making her professional debut in the early 2000s. She is currently married to noted English actor Ben Kingsley. 

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Astrud Gilberto
(Brazilian Samba and Bossa Nova Singer Best Known for Her Song 'The Girl from Ipanema')
Astrud Gilberto
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Birthdate: March 29, 1940
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Salvador, Bahia, Brazil

Astrud Gilberto is a Brazilian singer best known as an exponent of bossa nova and samba. She achieved international recognition in the 1960s after the release of her song The Girl from Ipanema. In 1992, she was honored with the Latin Jazz USA Award. In 2002, Astrud Gilberto was made an inductee of the International Latin Music Hall of Fame.

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Bruna Marquezine
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Birthdate: August 4, 1995
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Duque de Caxias, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
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Izabelle Leite
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Birthdate: September 1, 1990
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: João Pessoa, State of Paraíba, Brazil

Izabelle Leite is a Brazilian actress and model. She works predominantly in the Indian modeling and film industries. She made her debut in Bollywood with an uncredited appearance in a major film. She soon bagged the leading role in a teen drama film and gained popularity. As a model, she has appeared in campaigns for Lakme and Procter & Gamble.

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Kelly Piquet
(Columnist, Blogger & Public relations professional.)
Kelly Piquet
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Birthdate: December 7, 1988
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Homburg, Germany

Kelly Piquet is a Brazilian model, blogger, columnist, and public relations professional. Piquet has made immense contributions to Marie Claire magazine as a columnist. As a model, she has posed for brands like PatBO. Kelly Piquet is also known as the daughter of famous Brazilian racing driver Nelson Piquet. 

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Isabeli Fontana
(Brazilian Model Known for Her Work With 'Victoria’s Secret')
Isabeli Fontana
1
Birthdate: July 4, 1983
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Curitiba, Paraná, Brazil

Brazilian model Isabeli Fontana was in her teens when she became a Victoria’s Secret model in 1999, in a rare breach of the company’s policy of hiring models aged 21 or more. Apart from modeling for iconic brands such as Chanel and Armani, she has also appeared in magazines such as Vogue.

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Luciana Gimenez
(Television Host and Former Model Who Became Famous after She Became Pregnant with Mick Jagger’s Child)
Luciana Gimenez
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Birthdate: November 3, 1969
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: São Paulo, Brazil

Luciana Gimenez is a Brazilian TV host and former model. She is best known for her association with RedeTV where she hosts popular shows like Superpop and Luciana by Night. Gimenez achieved international fame when she became pregnant with singer-songwriter Mick Jagger's son Lucas Jagger, who was born in 1999. Mick was unofficially married to Jerry Hall at that time.

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Amanda Nunes
(Mixed martial artist)
Amanda Nunes
13
Birthdate: May 30, 1988
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Pojuca, State of Bahia, Brazil

Amanda Nunes is a Brazilian professional mixed martial artist currently associated with the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC), where she is the current UFC Women's Featherweight Champion. She is also a former UFC Women's Bantamweight Champion. She is widely regarded as one of the greatest female mixed martial artists of all time. She is openly lesbian. 

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Caroline Celico
(Socialite)
Caroline Celico
4
Birthdate: July 26, 1987
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: São Paulo

Caroline Celico is a Brazilian singer, socialite, and former Evangelical pastor. She started hogging the limelight in 2005 when she married the famous football player Kaká. Caroline Celico is also known for her philanthropic efforts; she is the founder of a non-profit organization named Horizontal Love, which aims at providing supplies for education and construction to Brazilian NGOs.

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Clarice Lispector
(Internationally Acclaimed Brazilian Novelist and Short Story Writer)
Clarice Lispector
2
Birthdate: December 10, 1920
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Chechel'nyk, Ukraine
Died: December 9, 1977

Clarice Lispector was a Ukrainian-born Brazilian short story writer and novelist. As a young woman, she entered the Law School of the University of Brazil and began her writing career while studying. She soon gained fame as a writer and won the prestigious Graça Aranha Prize for the best debut novel. She died of cancer at a relatively young age. 

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Cris Cyborg
(One of the Greatest Female Mixed Martial Artists of All Time)
Cris Cyborg
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Birthdate: July 9, 1985
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Curitiba, Brazil
Brazilian MMA fighter Cris Cyborg currently competes for Bellator MMA and is the reigning Bellator Women's Featherweight World Champion. She has also won the Strikeforce, UFC, and Invicta FC World Featherweight Championships, this becoming the only MMA Grand Slam champion, having won all four major MMA titles.
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Joana Ceddia
(Brazilian-Canadian Former YouTuber, Vlogger and Former Competitive Swimmer and Runner)
Joana Ceddia
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Birthdate: June 21, 2001
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Joana Ceddia is a Brazilian-Canadian vlogger, YouTuber, and former competitive runner and swimmer. She won an OFSAA gold medal in competitive school swimming before an injury ended her swimming and running career. Best known for her ironic and quirky sense of humor, Ceddia has received nominations for prestigious awards, such as Shorty Award and Streamy Award.

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Nathalia Kaur
(Model and Actress who works in Indian cinema)
Nathalia Kaur
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Birthdate: August 15, 1990
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Brazilian-born Indian-origin model Nathalia Kaur initially studied law but later quit academics to concentrate on her modeling career. She is also known to be an opera singer and has appeared in a few Hindi films, too, such as Department. She was also part of Fear Factor: Khatron Ke Khiladi.

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Tiago Splitter
(First Brazilian-born basketball player to win an NBA championship, in 2014)
Tiago Splitter
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Birthdate: January 1, 1985
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Blumenau, Brazil
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Mel Fronckowiak
(Actress, Writer)
Mel Fronckowiak
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Birthdate: January 16, 1988
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Pelotas, Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil

Mel Fronckowiak is a Brazilian actress, writer, and TV host best known for her work on the TV show A Liga. She began modeling as a teenager and appeared in many TV commercials and advertising campaigns. She soon ventured into acting as well and acted in the youth soap opera Rebeldes. She is also a published author.

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Jessie Rogers
(Brazilian-American Former Pornographic Actress)
Jessie Rogers
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Birthdate: August 8, 1993
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Goiânia, Goiás, Brazil

Jessie Rogers is a Brazilian-American former pornographic actress known for her appearance in an adult film parody of the Spice Girls. She began her pornographic career shortly after her 18th birthday and has since retired. She has received numerous awards for her work. She is an advocate for mandatory condom use in pornographic films.

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Elis Regina
(Brazilian Singer of Popular and Jazz Music)
Elis Regina
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Birthdate: March 17, 1945
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Porto Alegre, State of Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil
Died: January 19, 1982

Elis Regina was a Brazilian singer who achieved national recognition in 1965 when she performed Arrastão on TV Excelsior. Best remembered for her interpretation and vocalization, Regina helped popularize tropicalismo in the late-1960s and early-1970s. Elis Regina's life, career, and untimely death at age 36 inspired a film titled Elis where she was played by Andréia Horta.

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Ketlen Vieira
(Mixed martial artist)
Ketlen Vieira
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Birthdate: August 26, 1991
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Manaus, State of Amazonas, Brazil
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Melody
(singer)
Melody
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Birthdate: April 2, 2007
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Brazil
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Ana Beatriz Barros
(Brazilian Model Known for Her Multiple Appearances in the 'Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue')
Ana Beatriz Barros
4
Birthdate: May 29, 1982
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Itabira, State of Minas Gerais, Brazil

Ana Beatriz Barros is a Brazilian model best known for featuring on the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue on multiple occasions. She is also renowned for her work with popular brands like Victoria's Secret, Chanel, Intimissimi, and Bebe. A popular model, Ana Beatriz Barros has also been featured on the covers of numerous magazines like Glamour, Vogue, Elle, and Marie Claire.

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Kyra Gracie
(Former world-champion Brazilian jiu-jitsu practitioner)
Kyra Gracie
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Birthdate: May 29, 1985
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
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Juliana Paes
(Brazilian Actress and Former Model)
Juliana Paes
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Birthdate: March 26, 1979
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Rio Bonito, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Juliana Paes is a Brazilian actress who achieved national prominence in the 2010s when she played important roles in popular telenovelas like Gabriela and Meu Pedacinho de Chão. Juliana Paes, who started her career as a model, went on to establish herself as a critically acclaimed actress. She has received many prestigious awards such as Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Award.  

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Virna Jandiroba
(Mixed martial artist)
Virna Jandiroba
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Birthdate: May 30, 1988
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Serrinha, Bahia, Brazil
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Giselle Itié
(Actress,Famous for her roles in the telenovelas Bela, a Feia (as Anabela Palhares))
Giselle Itié
1
Birthdate: October 3, 1981
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Mexico City, Mexico
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Lily Safra
(Billionaire and Socialite who attained considerable wealth through her four marriages)
Lily Safra
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Birthdate: December 30, 1934
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Porto Alegre, Brazil
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Xuxa
(Brazilian Television Host, Film Actress, Singer and Businesswoman)
Xuxa
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Birthdate: March 27, 1963
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Santa Rosa, State of Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil

Xuxa is a Brazilian TV host, film actress, singer, and businesswoman. She began her professional career as a model and soon started doing acting gigs as well. She became a superstar in the 1980s and her TV shows were broadcast in Portuguese, English, and Spanish worldwide. She is also a successful businesswoman with a net worth estimated at US$400 million. 

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Gabi Garcia
(Martial artist)
Gabi Garcia
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Birthdate: November 17, 1985
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Porto Alegre, Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil
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Susana Werner
(Brazilian Model and Actress)
Susana Werner
2
Birthdate: July 20, 1977
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Susana Werner is a Brazilian actress and model. She is best known for her performance on TV shows and telenovelas. Susana Werner made headlines in 2002 when she married the popular Brazilian football player Júlio César. She was in a relationship with Ronaldo for two years before marrying Júlio César.

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Maya Gabeira
(Big Wave Surfer)
Maya Gabeira
0
Birthdate: April 10, 1987
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
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Beatriz Haddad Maia
(Tennis Player)
Beatriz Haddad Maia
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Birthdate: May 30, 1996
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: São Paulo, Brazil
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Ana Carolina Reston
(Brazilian Model)
Ana Carolina Reston
2
Birthdate: June 4, 1985
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Jundiaí, São Paulo, Brazil
Died: November 15, 2006

Ana Carolina Reston was a Brazilian model best remembered for her work with popular brands like Giorgio Armani. Reston succumbed to the unfair demands of the fashion industry and suffered from severe anorexia nervosa and bulimia nervosa. She died at the age of 21 and weighed just 40 kgs at the time of her death. 

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Flávia Saraiva
(Artistic gymnast)
Flávia Saraiva
1
Birthdate: September 30, 1999
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Maria Leopoldina of Austria
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Birthdate: January 22, 1797
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Vienna, Austria
Died: December 11, 1826

Born the Archduchess of Austria, Maria Leopoldina was a great painter and also grew up studying subjects such as botany and mineralogy. By virtue of her marriage to Pedro I of Brazil and IV of Portugal, she became the queen of Portugal and the empress of Brazil.

Soccer specialist, Marta’s nickname ‘Pele with skirts’, given by Pele himself, talks much about this sport stars legendary status. She not just holds the record for most number of goals scored at FIFA Women’s World Cup Tournaments but is also regarded as the best female player of all time. Time and again, Brazilian women have reset the stereotype belief and have showed the world what women can be. They exert strong influence over the society and have carved a niche for the fairer sect. With this write-up, lap up yourself with interesting information about the life and works of Brazilian women.