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

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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FIERCE LGBTQ Couples Are Sharing How They Met And It’s The Sweetest Thing

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FIERCE LGBTQ Couples Are Sharing How They Met And It’s The Sweetest Thing

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As we highlight Pride month, we wanted to share beautiful stories of LGBTQ+ love. To do so, we recently asked our FIERCE readers on Instagram to tell us how they met their partners and the results were not only hilarious but deeply inspiring.

Love is love and we love this kind of love.

Check it out!

The old slide in trick.

“I slid into the DMs.” – joanacanna

On their start to being ~educated latinas~

“My girlfriend and I met at the end of our first year of law school. She would say that I curved her for a few months before we became close. Almost three years later, we are both attorneys and looking forward to where life takes us.” – legalricanmujer

These two lovers who met while pushing for a joint interest

“We met in boot camp! 10 years ago (we’ve been together 2 /1/2 years, married 1 yr.” –hey_itsaj18

Chicas who started out on the same path and stuck together.

“We met in Nursing school we graduated together. That was 4 years ago, she’s a psychiatric nurse and I’m a geriatric nurse.” – m_a_r_i_a__j_o_h_a_n_n_a

They found love in a pandemic place.

Love in the time of Corona, thanks to Hinge!” – bienvenidarealidad__

Turns out the internet is the ultimate matchmaker.

“On the HER app. The same day she liked my profile she ended up coming into my job. I saw her but she didn’t see me. I ended up messaging her that night when I got off of work & we have been inseparable ever since. 3 years later and everyday I fall in love with her over & over again.” – _yourfavoritepoet_

And this is the most hilarious one of all.

“My wife @chulaworldand I were both seeing the same guy (total 🐶) …… so when we found out about each other we met up! And we have LITERALLY been inseparable ever since. Married on 4/20/19.” –bunuelitas

Here Are Some Queer Films And Shows To Watch To Start Pride Off Right

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Here Are Some Queer Films And Shows To Watch To Start Pride Off Right

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Pride Month is here and that means it is time to highlight the already celebrated LGBTQ+ shows and movies that have made a mark on us. Since Pride and the COVID pandemic are coinciding, it is a good time to watch some of the best examples of LGBTQ+ Latino entertainment.

“Moonlight”

Winner of the Academy Award for Best Picture, “Moonlight” brought Afro-Latino, Black, and queer storylines together. The movie follows a young Black man in Miami and his own trials and tribulations growing up with a mother who is addicted to drugs. His life is changed thanks to an Afro-Cuban man who takes him under his wing and shows him how to make it through his adolescents.

“To Wong Foo, Thanks For Everything! Julie Newmar”

One of the most popular classic films in LGBTQ+ cinema. “To Wong Foo, Thanks For Everything! Julie Newmar” follows three drag queens who drive from New York to Los Angeles for a national drag beauty pageant. Chi Chi Rodriguez, played by Joh Leguizamo, convinces the two competing queens to let him ride with them. Along the way, Rodriguez learns what it means to be a drag queen and the queens all learn a lot from a small, rural community filled with unexpected love and understanding.

“Pose”

“Pose” brings the ballroom culture straight to your living room. Set at the beginning in 1987 New York City during the peak of the AIDs epidemic, “Pose” empowers the queer people of color of the time. Ballroom culture is an underground dancing culture that has jumped into the mainstream because of “Pose.” The show takes the narrative of HIV-positive people of color in the time and empowers them rather than tears them down.

“Tangerine”

“Tangerine” is the story of a prostitute on a mission. The main character gets out of jail and learns that their boyfriend and pimp has started a new relationship with another woman. So, she and her friend set out to find him and teach the two a lesson for straying from her while she was incarcerated.

“Gentefied”

“Genetfied” is the latest Netflix hit and it is all about gentrification and the fight to keep Boyle Heights Latino. In the overall story, there is a lesbian relationship that is leaving everyone with all kinds of envy.

“One Day At A Time”

Netflix really misstepped here when they pulled the plug on their production of “One Day At A Time” but Pop TV saved the show. The first three seasons are currently on Netflix so you can still watch all of those episodes and enjoy the growing openness of Elena as she comes out.

“La casa de las flores”

This telenovela is truly one of the most incredible projects with LGBTQ+ characters today. Even Valentina, the famed drag queen from “RuPaul’s Drag Race” is in the latest season solidifying the shows LGBTQ+ status.

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