Brazil is known for a number of wonderful reasons. Soccer, music, dancing, the Amazon, Carnival, etc. But, none of those top the beautiful women found in Brazil.
Ana Beatriz Barros once stated, “Why can’t the world get enough Brazilian beauty? It is a sexy country. We are very free with our bodies.” And, she would know, since she’s one of those Brazilian beauties.
Besides Brazilian women being free with their bodies, Brazilian women have an interesting and exotic look, since the country is a perfect example of a global melting pot. While there are perhaps a lot more Brazilian beauties that we could dig up, we unfortunately had to settle for twenty-three of them (if not we would never get this article done).
Without further ado, here are twenty-three of the hottest Brazilian women ever, who aren’t named Gisele Bundchen or Adriana Lima. While Gisele and Adriana are indeed hot, there are other hotties that could use the recognition.
23. Emanuelle Araújo
This singer and actress was born on July 21, 1976. Since 2002, she’s found commercial and critical success with her music, like 2008′s Tonight, and performances on television and stage.
22. Paola Oliveira
Born in Sao Paulo on April 14, 1982 this actress has been featured in television series, telenovelas and film since 2004, such as O Profeta and Insensato Coração. In 2009, she won the sixth season of Brazil’s version of Dancing with the Stars, Dança dos Famosos.
21. Fernanda Motta
This Brazilian model, actress, and television host was born on May 29, 1981 in Rio de Janeiro. She has appeared in Vogue, ELLE, Cosmopolitan, Glamour and the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue. She was the host of Brazil’s Next Top Model from 2007-2009.
20. Ellen Rocche
An actress and model born on July 19, 1979 whose career began on the Sunday TV program Qual é a música? (“What’s the music?”). She eventually appeared on the Brazilian version of the Dutch reality series Big Brother entitled Casa dos Artistas, where celebrities are locked into a house together and voted off.
19. Grazielli Massafera
This former model now focuses on acting. Born on June 28, 1982, Grazi went on to represent Brazil in the 2004 Miss International contest and later starred in Big Brother Brasil. In 2008 she was crowned queen of the Copacabana Palace carnival. Today, fans can watch her mainly on soap operas.
18. Rojane Fradique
Rojane Fradique grew up in a poor family in Salvador, Brazil. Now, she is a popular fashion model who placed second in the 2003 “Elite Model Look Brasil” contest.
17. Daniela Cicarelli
Born November 6, 1978, Daniela was known as a fashion model and hostess for MTV Brazil. However, she became infamous after September of 2006, when a video of Cicarelli having sex with her boyfriend on a beach in Tarifa, Spain surfaced.
16. Gyselle Soares
Born in Teresina, Piaui, Brazil on October 27, 1983, this 5’3 vixen is one of the country’s top models.
15. Viviane Castro
Viviane Castro is the daughter of one of Brazil’s most famous pin-up girls from the 1960′s. This Mac and Bumble girl, born on June 29, 1983, has surpassed her mother’s fame because of her dancing and nude photos.
14. Jeísa Chiminazzo
Jeísa is considered one of the top contemporary runway models. Born on April 13, 1985, she has done campaigns for Calvin Klein, CK Jeans, Roberto Cavalli, Dolce & Gabbana, Hugo Boss, Hermès, Armani, Marc Jacobs, Chanel, Tiffany, Gap, Tommy Hilfiger, Nautica, Abercrombie, and H&M. She’s also been seen in the pages of Vogue and the 2008 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue.
13. Ana Beatriz Barros
Born 29 May 1982, Ana Beatriz Barros is a popular model after appearing in campaigns for Victoria’s Secret, Guess?, Armani Jeans, Oakley, L’Oréal, Diesel and Chanel. She’s also appeared in the 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, and 2008 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue.
12. Beatriz and Branca Feres
These identical twins were born on February 22, 1988. They are synchronized swimmers, becoming champions of Brazil in both juvenile and adult categories, as well as models and actresses.
11. Brenda Costa
This former swimmer was born on November 8, 1982. She has since focused on a modeling career which has seen her grace the cover of the April 2004 French edition of ELLE magazine. An interesting fact about Brenda is that she was born deaf.
10. Camila Alves
Alves has lived in America since the age of 15. She has since become a model and television performer, such as hosting the third season of Bravo’s reality television show Shear Genius. However, she’s perhaps most known for shacking up with Matthew McConaughey.
9. Ildi Silva
Ildi Silva is an actress and model born on October 8, 1982. In 2003, she was included in the list of 25 sexiest in Brazil and has been appearing on television series since the same year, including an adaptation of the novel Beautiful, the Ugly.
8. Debora Nascimento
Born on June 16, 1985, Debora Nascimento is another Brazilian actress and model. She has been seen on several Brazilian series, such as Tropical Paradise. She won over fans globally in 2008′s Incredible Hulk.
7. Camila Rodrigues
She has been acting in Brazilian television series and theater since 2005. Born on August 23, 1983, she made her feature film debut in 2006′s The Knight and Princess Lili Didi.
6. Fernanda Tavares
A Brazilian model who was born on September 22, 1980. Since the age of 17 she has been appearing in magazines that include Marie Claire, Vogue Paris , and later, ELLE, Cosmopolitan, Allure, Victoria’s Secret and the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue. She has also walked and promoted for numerous famed designers including Chanel, Versace, Louis Vuitton and Ralph Lauren. She hosts Missão MTV, which is a show modeled after Queer Eye for the Straight Guy that airs on MTV Brasil.
5. Natália Guimarães
Here we have a former Miss Brazil. Born on Christmas Day, 1984, Natália won the 2006 “Top Model of the World International Pageant”, competed in the 2007 Miss Universe Pageant, and has found success afterwards as a model, actress and current host of Hoje em Dia.
4. Isabeli Fontana
Born on July 4, 1983, Isabeli Fontana has been modeling for the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue, Marie Claire, ELLE, Vogue, Harper’s Bazaar, Numéro, i-D, Arena and Victoria’s Secret since 1999. She has also done campaign ads for Armani, Chanel, Dolce and Gabbana, Ralph Lauren, Saks Fifth Avenue, Tommy Hilfiger and Versace. In 2008, she was included in Forbes “The World’s 15 Top-Earning Models” list, having earned $3 million.
3. Izabel Goulart
Known primarily for being a Victoria’s Secret Angel from 2005-2008, Izabel Goulart was born on October 23, 1984. During her first ever fashion show appearance, she experienced a wardrobe malfunction, which resulted her top to fall open. Despite this accident, she returned to the runway for several A-list designers. In 2011, Goulart appeared in the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue, and also, ranked number 100 in FHM magazine’s list of the “100 Sexiest Women In The World”.
2. Tais Araujo
Born on November 25, 1978, Tais Araujo became the first black Brazilian actress to star as a protagonist in a Brazilian telenovela, 1996′s Xica da Silva. In 2004, she also became the first black actress to lead a soap opera cast in Brazil as Preta in Da Cor do Pecado.
1. Ana Paula Araujo
Ana Paula Araujo gained fame when she appeared in the 2007 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue, which included her being the object/subject of Joanne Gair body painting works. Born on October 25, 1981 in Roraima, she also been featured in advertisements for Liz Claiborne.
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