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Pabllo Vittar Is The Superstar Brazilian Drag Queen The World Has Come To Love Because Of Their Unapologetic Persona

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Pabllo Vittar is a global superstar, a Brazilian drag queen that has broken into the mainstream both in her home country and abroad. With Pride Month in full swing, it is a good time to learn about this gorgeous diva who will be part of the NYC Pride Island 2019 alongside Grace Jones and Teyana Taylor. NYC Pride Island will take place from Saturday, June 29 to Sunday, June 30 at Pier 97 in New York City. Get your awesomeness ready and your dance moves up to scratch everyone! This year is special due to the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall riots when members of the LGBTQ+ community protested against police raids aimed at maiming the community. We couldn’t think of a better performer to honor the brave men and women of Stonewall that could be as appropriate as Pabllo Vittar, who has rejected Brazil’s far-right moves against sexual and gender diversity.

Her full name es digno of an epic Brazilian telenovela.

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Repeat after us: Phabullo Rodrigues da Silva. It has such a nice sound to it. We can almost hear the gorgeous rhythms of samba when we say it.

She was born on born November 1, 1994, in São Luís, Brazil.

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The sea has always been part of her life. Her hometown is a small enclave in the Atlantic Ocean. It is known for its pristine beaches and amazing, golden sunsets.

Pabllo Vittar has a twin sister, because, of course.

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Even though they are not identical, Pabllo Vittar and Phamella are inseparable!

Pabllo Vittar made the jump as a drag superstar in Brazil to the world.

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Pabllo Vittar has garnered an impressive international following. On her Instagram account, she has over 5 million followers from all around the globe. She said during an interview for YouTube Brazil: “People have really embraced my ideas, my work, my engagement”. They sure have! 

Her TV debut was an undeniable success.

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At only 20 years of age, Pabllo Vittar was brave enough to perform on live TV. She performed Whitney Houston’s “I Have Nothing” and the rest, as they say, is history. This is a big deal in Brazil, one of the countries with the highest incidence of hate crimes against sexual and gender minorities. She has always been proud of herself, a symbol of honesty and love.

She became a superstar in 2015. Yeah, just a year after she made her public debut!

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Her video “Open Bar,” a Portuguese-language adaptation of Major Lazer’s “Lean On” was a total success. I just four months it had been watched more than a million times on YouTube. 

Pabllo Vittar has totally broken into the Brazilian mainstream.

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It is not common for drag queens in Latin America to get promotional deals with mainstream companies, but Pabllo Vittar is all about breaking the rules. iFood Brazil, a food delivery app, has signed her, which speaks volumes about the transformational power that Pabllo Vittar has had on popular culture’s perception of drag queens. 

Yes! Yes! Yes! Even Calvin Klein signed her.

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Not only has Pabllo Vittar broken into the mainstream. Calvin Klein Brazil now uses her as a spokesperson, with the My Truth campaign as the wonderful excuse. It pays to be yourself, doesn’t it?

Her debut album Vai Passar Mal was released in early 2017.

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The album’s second single, “Todo Dia”, became a hit in that year’s Carnival celebrations, which pretty much guaranteed her success in the party-crazed nation. Can we please all go to Brazil, Oprah?

But the third single, “K.O” really broke the Internet, at least the Brazilian Internet.

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Is it us or is she giving us total Angelina Jolie vibes here? Anyway, “K.O” has over 400 million views on YouTube. That is B.I.G. Enorme, Pablito!

Pabllo Vittar’s madrina is a legendary Brazilian singer.

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The iconic singer Anitta has taken her under her wing, helping bring Pabllo Vittar into the mainstream through collaborations. This was a great strategy in a country where religious and political intolerance runs rampant, particularly since the election of Bolsonaro, the Brazilian Trump, as president.

Pabllo Vittar grew up without a father and seems to have turned out just fine.

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Pabllo Vittar’s family experienced a lot of hardship. Her mother was a nurse, and she was abandoned by the father when she was pregnant with Pabllo Vittar and her twin sister. Pabllo Vittar had to learn to defend a los suyos from very early on in life. 

As a little boy, Pabllo Vittar was the victim of bullying.

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Because of his tender voice and delicate gestures, and because he attended ballet classes, Pabllo Vittar was bullied by other boys. At one time a plate of hot soup was thrown on his face. This types of experiences shaped the gay rights warrior that Pabllo Vittar is today.

Pabllo Vittar’s artistic beginnings: family parties.

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Pabllo Vittar would sing covers and even his own songs at family parties. Those are some lucky primos.

He came out at 15 and never looked back.

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By that time the mom had remarried. It was all good with the family when Pabllo Vittar came out, which is perhaps the strength, los cimientos, that has allowed for those amazing talents to flourish.

Pabllo Vittar began performing in drag when he was 17.

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At first Pabllo Vittar was only delivering flyers to publicize his friend’s shows but once he dressed up artistic inspiration just started flowing. Soon the makeup would be put on and the extravaganza turned up for gay parades and performances.

Pabllo Vittar’s first drag name: Pabllo Knowles.

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And of course, that was an homage to the queen of all things Black and Brown: Beyonce! Te amamos, reina

By now, Pabllo Vittar is the face and voice of Brazil’s LGBTQ+ community.

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Just five years after doing drag for the first time, the singer-songwriter is already a beacon of hope in an intolerant country. Pabllo Vittar identifies as a gay drag queen and is the face of gender fluidity and just plain awesomeness!

But why did Pabllo Vittar chose a masculine stage name? Honesty.

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Pabllo Vittar is revolutionary in every sense, even in the stage name. Since he doesn’t identify as transgender, Pabllo Vittar was born.

Pabllo Vittar knows what it feels like to be down, so she wants to bring joy through singing.

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Honesty is the best policy. Pabllo Vittar told The Guardian: “When you suffer prejudice, your self-esteem is low, you don’t want to do anything, you don’t want to leave the house”. She found a way out, and her music is an anthem for all who dare to be themselves in a conservative society.

He lives by the motto: “Todo sobre mi madre.”

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At the end, Pabllo Vittar’s story reveals the power that mothers can have in their kid’s futures. Because Pabllo Vittar’s mom was the ideal mami hermosa when her kid came out, millions have benefited from this amazing drag queen’s light. Pabllo Vittar told The Guardian: “Even before my sexuality flowered, my mother already talked very openly about this with me,. My family always really respected me and gave me total freedom to do everything I wanted.” If only every single family was this loving.

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A Chilling Surveillance Video Has Been Released That Shows The Moment David Ortiz Was Ambushed And Shot

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A Chilling Surveillance Video Has Been Released That Shows The Moment David Ortiz Was Ambushed And Shot

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Horrible news came out of the Dominican Republic on Sunday night that legendary Boston Red Sox star David Ortiz was shot at a club. Reports say Ortiz was shot in the “lower back/abdominal region” at a bar in Santo Domingo and underwent surgery at a local hospital. According to his family, Ortiz is doing “fine,” and is stable but still in intensive care.

Many are wondering how could this happen to a beloved star in his home country.

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Ortiz suffered organ damage after a man, who got off a motorcycle, shot him in the back from point-blank range. According to ESPN, a team of doctors that conducted the surgery had to “remove part of Ortiz’s intestines and colon, as well as his gallbladder.”

The 43-year-old is expected to make a complete recovery after a six-hour surgery. Ortiz reportedly asked the doctor who was operating on him to not let him die because he is a “good man.”

“Doctors say that David is out of danger, thank God,” Leo Ortiz,
Ortiz’s media assistant told ESPN. “What they have told me post-op is that the doctors believe he will recover quickly. Big Papi will be around for a long time.”

The Boston Red Sox said in a statement that they “offered David’s family all available resources to aid his recovery.” Ortiz is expected to receive further treatment at Massachusetts General Hospital.

At this time, authorities have identified 25-year-old Eddy Feliz Garcia as one of two suspects.

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Authorities have identified Eddy Feliz Garcia as one of two suspects in the shooting. According to ESPN, Garcia was initially identified by police as the shooter but later said there were two suspects, the suspected shooter, and Garcia, who was identified as the driver of the motorcycle.

Garcia was captured and beaten by a crowd at the bar shortly after. Videos on social media show the 25-year-old being kicked and punched in the head by a group of people. He suffered a head contusion and trauma to his thorax and his legs. Police have yet to find a motive for the shooting as it was originally reported that Ortiz was robbed.

Video of the shooting shows the gunman approaching Ortiz and firing at him point blank range.

Surveillance video shows a crowded bar with people running away after shots were fired. It shows Ortiz, sitting at the bar, appearing to grab his side where the bullet went through him.

Jhoel López, a TV host in the Dominican Republic, who was talking to Ortiz at the bar when the attack took place, was also hurt. He suffered non-life threatening injuries but police say Lopez may have been struck in the leg by the same bullet that hit Ortiz.

There was immediate reaction and support from former players when news broke about Ortiz.

Pedro Martinez, one of Ortiz’s closest former teammates, took to Twitter to express his thoughts on the shooting. Both were teammates in 2004 when the Red Sox won their first title in 86 years.

“I’m at peace knowing you out of danger; you a strong man Compai, can’t wait to hear your voice. My thoughts and prayers are with you, see you soon.” Martinez wrote on Twitter.

Alex Rodriguez also wished for the best on behalf of Ortiz on Twitter. “Anxiously waiting for more news. In the meantime, only prayers for @davidortiz, Tiffany and their family.”

The news of the shooting even got the attention of former U.S. President Barack Obama who wished for “a speedy recovery” from Ortiz.

Sunday’s incident showed just how beloved and respected Ortiz is beyond just the world of sports.

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Ortiz, a three-time World Series champion, is one of the most well-known and beloved baseball players of all time. Lovingly known to many as “Big Papi,” Ortiz retired from baseball in 2016.

His work never stopped there. He has started multiple youth baseball academies and has donated to creating baseball fields in the Dominican Republic. Ortiz is credited with starting many fundraising efforts in his home country and back in Boston.

He is a national hero in the Dominican Republic for this contributions there and has had a profound effect on the growth of baseball there. Ortiz is expected to be a first-ballot baseball Hall Of Famer when he is eligible in 2021.

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