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The Brazilian Waxing Technique Has Its Roots Firmly Planted In American Culture

The Brazilian bikini wax definitely conjures up a certain kind of image: the violent ripping of hair from one of the most sensitive areas on the human body, all in the name of beauty and beachwear. But what most people don’t realize about the “Brazilian wax” is that immigrants in the U.S. helped popularize the technique in ’90s, BBC News reports.

Thanks to the efforts of Brazilian immigrants the Padilha sisters, the “Brazilian” is now as American as apple pie.

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The Padilha sisters got their start as beauticians in Brazil, but when one of the sisters, Jocely, took a vacation in New York City, she decided to stay and put her talents to work. When it became clear there was money to be made in the U.S., the sisters began a one-by-one immigration to New York.

The sisters’ skills in the beauty world caught on quickly with high-end clients, and soon the Padilhas had enough capital to start their own salon.

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Sister Janea Padilha, who had begun toying with their novel wax practice in Brazil, helped introduce it to their New York clients, and word quickly spread about this great new still-unnamed waxing practice. The sisters looked primed for success.

Unfortunately, their popular waxing technique found an enemy in the porn industry.

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Around the time the sisters’ wax method was catching on, the porn industry was already moving towards the trend of less body hair on its performers. When the magazine Playboy accused the sisters of stealing their waxing technique, the Padilhas denied this claim, saying that the “Brazilian” was part of their culture, and everyone in Brazil was doing it, BBC News reports. In reality, no beauty salons in Brazil were willing to wax people in that way, so the sisters had developed and popularized he technique on their own. The sisters’ gamble paid off and Playboy backed off. The once poor, undocumented immigrant sisters from Brazil are now living the American Dream thanks to their wild hair of an idea.

Of course there way more to the Brazilian than just this little teaser here. Read the entire, captivating story at BBC News.

[H/T] BBC News: The women who invented the Brazilian wax


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This Brazilian Drag Artist Just Made History At The MTV European Music Awards

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This Brazilian Drag Artist Just Made History At The MTV European Music Awards

Pabllo Vittar keeps making headlines this year, whether they’re about her smash hit songs, her fashion week lewks, her political statements or all of the above, it’s her world and we’re all just living in it. The Brazilian drag queen and pop star has established herself as an important figure in pop culture, and this week her hard work was recognized at MTV’s European Music Awards, making her the first drag artist to ever win an award.

The Latin pop/electro singer made history this week at MTV’s European Music Awards. 

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Drag sensation Pabllo Vittar made history on Monday night at the award ceremony in Seville, Spain, becoming the first drag artist to win a category (“Best Brazilian Artist”) in the 25 years of the MTV European Music Awards. Vittar had been nominated for the same award in 2018. But she lost to performer, Anitta, who had won the prize for five years straight.

The singer was also the first Brazilian to ever perform at MTV’s European Music Award show.

Vittar also gave a pre-show performance, becoming the first Brazilian to perform at the event. She performed her hit song, “Flash Pose,” on the event’s red carpet. That track includes a feature by Charli XCX, who did not appear at the event.

Vittar’s music has garnered her millions of streams and views.

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With over half a billion Spotify streams and a billion YouTube views, Vittar’s sound is a mixture of Brazilian rhythms with an American pop sheen. She’s forged partnerships with superstars from around the world, dancing alongside Charli XCX in “Flash Pose” and making out with Diplo in “Então Vai.” On Instagram, she has 9 million followers–more than double the number of followers her drag idol, RuPaul has accrued on the social platform.

Vittar has become Brazil’s most famous drag queen. 

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In 2017 she was the first Brazilian artist to have three songs in Spotify’s Top 5 with ‘K.O.’, ‘Corpo Sensual’, and ‘Sua Cara’ —alongside fellow Brazilian diva Anitta. The  ‘Sua Cara’ singer has been nominated to a total of 27 awards in her career, including a Latin Grammy. Of the 27 nominations she’s received in the past two years, she won seven, including Best New Artist and Song of the Year at the Brazilian awards. 

Vittar is a vocal advocate for the LGBTQ+ community, despite living in Brazil which is known to be one of the most dangerous countries in the world for people of the LGBTQ+ spectrum. 

The number of violent deaths of LGBTQ+ people in Brazil peaked in 2017 at 445 people, with researchers asserting this 30% rise on the previous year was directly related to anti-gay sentiments championed by ultraconservative politicians. Last year, 420 LBGTQ+ people were killed, including Marielle Franco, a black, bisexual, feminist Rio de Janeiro city council member; Jean Wyllys, a gay federal lawmaker, resigned from his seat due to repeated death threats. And to top it off, Jair Bolsonaro was elected president; the politician is a self-professed homophone who has said he would “rather his son die in a car accident than be gay.”

Vittar has used her global megaphone to both celebrate her identity and speak out against its horrifying dangers. 

The singer performed at the World Pride parade this year, making stops in Miami, Chicago, Los Angeles, Ontario, amongst other cities. She also performed at the U.N. headquarters in New York. The drag queen held a pocket show for about 20 minutes, where she featured some of her hits, such as “Problema seu” and “Corpo sensual 

This award marks a milestone in Vittar’s career extending her reach further into worldwide recognition. Just a few days before the EMAs, the singer celebrated her 25th birthday with the release of the first part of her trilingual album, titled 111. Effortlessly switching between languages and styles, the drag superstar flows seamlessly from her Portuguese dance-floor track ‘Amor de Que’, to her English-language, Charli XCX-assisted pop banger ‘Flash Pose’, to the irresistibly Latin-infused ‘Ponte Perra’ – sung in Spanish.

[VIDEO] Brazilian Model Collapsed On Runway, Died During São Paulo Fashion Week

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[VIDEO] Brazilian Model Collapsed On Runway, Died During São Paulo Fashion Week

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Fashionistas and spectators at São Paulo Fashion Week are mourning the tragic and sudden death of model Tales Soares. The Brazilian model collapsed while walking the runway. Stunned audience members rushed to the model’s side while the fashion show continued on the runway as he lied on the floor.

Tales Soares, 26, was an up-and-coming Brazilian model who died during São Paulo Fashion Week.

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Soares, who also went by Tales Cotta on social media, was a college graduate in physical education, according to this Instagram bio, and was a proud vegetarian. The young model leaves behind a girlfriend and legacy of being a champion for LGBTQ+ rights in a country where the LGBTQ+ is under attack.

Soares was walking for the Spanish clothing label Också when he collapsed.

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“The whole OCKSA team is deeply sorry and dismayed by the news of the model Tales Cotta’s death,” Också’s official statement reads. “Our deepest condolences to Tales’ family and our partners from the Base agency. We kindly ask our friends for prayers and positive energy in this extremely painful moment.”

São Paulo Fashion Week organizers shared their grief with followers after learning of Soares’ death.

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“The São Paulo Fashion Week has just received confirmation that model Tales Soares has passed away due to a sudden onset during the Också show,” reads the official São Paulo Fashion Week response. “He was promptly taken by the medical staff to the hospital, but unfortunately, wasn’t revived. We are truly sorry for this fatality and would like to pay our sincere condolences to Tales’ family. Alongside with Base MGT model agency, we’re providing all the necessary assistance in this unfortunate event.”

Soares sudden death on the catwalk has rattled the fashion world where models have long been under great pressure during shows.

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Members of the international fashion community are mourning the death of a young and healthy model. Soares’s cause of death remains unknown as the world waits for a medical examiner to conduct an autopsy to determine how the model died.

The death was caught on video.

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You can see Soares walking down the catwalk in the video. When he turns around at the end of the catwalk, he appears to trip over his shoelaces and stumbles until he falls flat on the floor. People rush from the audience to his side as he lies on the floor.

According to reports, Soares foamed at the mouth while he was on the floor before he was taken away by medical personnel. He was rushed to a hospital from the venue and was pronounced dead at the hospital.

Condolences flooded social media as news of the model’s untimely death spread around the world.

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There is no way to be prepared for a death like this. Rest in peace, Soares. Our thoughts and prayers are with Soares’s friends and family as they try to make it through this heartbreaking time.

You can watch the video of Soares’s collapse below.

It is a sad video to watch as Soares’s hopelessly tumbles to the ground in his final moments.

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