Transgendered Model Closes Fashion Week in Rio de Janeiro
In a city that delights in shocking the prudish with each year's Carnival celebration, Rio De Janeiro's invitation only main fashion event of the year closed Friday with transgendered model Patricia Araujo.
Beto Neves, designer of Complexo B, said he wanted to amaze the public with Araujo.
"In fashion, the cool thing is to surprise," he told O Dia newspaper.
Globo Television's Web site called the 25-year-old Araujo "the star" of the show's final day, and model Isabeli Fontana told O Dia that Araujo "is the greatest."
Tall and slim, the dark-haired Araujo entered the catwalk wearing a long fur coat and quickly unveiled a short black-and-white dress to the applause of the hundreds of guests at the event.
"I love to be mobbed by the press," she told O Dia afterward. "I've always dreamed of being famous."
Her legal name is Patricia Oliveira, but she is known by the stage name of Araujo.
Special thanks to NowPublic's Terri Potratz for passing this story along.
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