Transgender Model Steals Show in Rio - NBC Bay Area

Transgender Model Steals Show in Rio



    Transgender Model Steals Show in Rio
    Transgender model Patricia Oliveira wears a creation by Complexo B during the Fashion Rio Show in Rio de Janeiro on Friday.

    RIO DE JANEIRO — Rio closed its main fashion event of the year with less attention to the clothes than the model — a transgendered actress.

    Patricia Araujo received a standing ovation after parading along the runway for the Complexo B brand late Friday to end the weeklong event in a city that delights in shocking the prudish with each year's Carnival celebration.

    Complexo B designer Beto Neves said he invited Araujo to amaze the public.

    "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.