The life of the Globeleza is no different from the life of any woman her age. Eight years ago, she was a dancer and paraded in front commission of the Salgueiro Samba school, when she was invited to audition for the role of muse of TV Globo, replacing the ever popular Valéria Valenssa. “I thought they wanted a mulatona (big butt mulata), I never paraded as a dancer. It was a pleasant surprise,” she recalls. People recognize her on the street, even with a lot of clothes. “One day at the supermarket, I heard the announcer on the microphone: ‘Come, come, come.’ I wanted to hide, I’m shy,” she says. What is difficult to imagine is that with her perfect body and big smile, she has ever received a “no” from some suitor. But it’s true. “I want to know the lucky girl who has never been disregarded.”
The shoot ends as does the rain. Aline ends the photo session without getting wet. But even without rain, as the Globeleza, Aline is accustomed to being showered by confetti. During Carnival there’s no umbrella that gets in the way of so much joy. So let the rain come down.
Note from BW of Brazil: To get an idea of what is seen in millions of Brazilian homes numerous times per day during Carnaval season, here is a short clip of Aline in a vinheta from 2011.
Source: Revista Quem
1. The Sambadrome Marquês de Sapucaí or simply Sambadrome is a parade area located in downtown Rio de Janeiro where samba school competitions occur every year during Rio’s Carnival.
2. Cinelândia is the popular name of a major public square in the centre of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Its official name is Praça Floriano Peixoto, in honour of the second president of Brazil, Floriano Peixoto. Source: Wiki
3. Pageant groups that paraded through city avenues performing on instruments and dancing. Today they are known as blocos (blocks), consisting of a group of people who dress in costumes or special t-shirts with themes and/or logos. Blocos are generally associated with particular neighborhoods; they include both a percussion or music group and an entourage of revellers. They eventually became the “fathers” of what we today know as the famous and world wide samba-schools in Brazil. Source: Wiki. Also see our article on the racial politics involving blocos during Carnaval in Salvador, Bahia, in Brazil’s northeast here
4. Although black women are sometimes featured in Brazil’s male entertainment magazines, they are rarely featured on the covers of these magazines, particularly well-known brands such as Playboy.
5. Although Carnaval girls are usually thought to be all body and no brains, a good percentage of these women also pursue and secure educational endeavors. More here.