Sin Senos no Hay Paraíso

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Sin Senos no hay Paraíso
Sin senos no hay paraiso poster 2008.jpg
Genre Romance, Exploitation, Drama, Crime, Suspense
Format Telenovela
Created by Gustavo Bolivar
Developed by Telemundo Studios
RTI Colombia
Directed by Miguel Varoni
Ramiro Meneses
Starring Carmen Villalobos
Catherine Siachoque
María Fernanda Yépez
Theme music composer Héctor Cardona Jr.
Opening theme "Sin Senos no hay Paraíso"
Performed by
Natalia Gutiérrez & Hernán Saraza
Country of origin Colombia
United States
Original language(s) Spanish
No. of episodes 238 [1]
Executive producer(s) Hugo León Ferrer
Mary-Kathryn Kennedy
Editor(s) José Luis Varón
Location(s) Bogotá, Giradot, Durango
Camera setup Multi-camera
Running time 42 minutes
Original channel Telemundo
Picture format HDTV, 1080i
Audio format Stereophonic sound
Original run June 16, 2008 – June 22, 2009
Preceded by Pecados Ajenos
Followed by Victorinos
Related shows Without Breasts There Is No Paradise

Sin Senos no hay Paraíso (Without Breasts There Is No Paradise) is a RTI ColombiaTelemundo remake and loose adaptation of the original Colombian series Sin Tetas No Hay Paraíso. The series is based on investigative journalist Gustavo Bolivar's debut novel and features an attractive young prostitute who desires to have massive breast implants in order to attract a rich cocaine smuggler. It is also based on a true story. The series premiered on June 16, 2008.[2]


Catalina Santana (Carmen Villalobos), a young woman in Pereira, Colombia, is willing to risk everything in order to escape the poverty she lives in and fulfill her dreams - even if this means putting her life and her integrity in jeopardy. Her mother Hilda (Catherine Siachoque), a lovely hard working woman with no resources to provide her children with luxuries, expends boundless energy in her efforts to push both her children, Catalina and Byron (Juan Diego Sánchez) to prosper. In spite of their mother's efforts, Byron and Catalina's situation is filled with poverty and need.

Catalina is beautiful, but not as voluptuous as her friends who render sexual services as "call girls" to powerful men in the drug trafficking world. Yésica "La diabla" (María Fernanda Yépez), Catalina's best friend, entered the world of "call girls" with her own business: recruiting, selecting, and leading groups of women for whom the drug traffickers pay in advance to receive sexual services. Yesica introduces Catalina to this culture, convincing her that this is the only way she has to get away from her poverty. Once inside, Catalina falls into the manipulative hands of Lorena (Aylín Mújica), Yesica's equivalent in México, who together with Martinez, an important member of the Juarez Cartel, convinces inexperienced young women from Colombia to undergo breast surgery as a means of obtaining a better life in another country. What they don't know is that in reality he uses them as "mules", sending them to Mexico while smuggling cocaine in their implants.

Catalina, dazzled by a world of riches and a life full of luxuries, decides not to continue her relationship with her boyfriend Albeiro, a young man from her town who has very few ambitions, but loves her with all his heart. She decides to search for someone who can pay for or finance her surgery of silicon breast implants since, according to her belief, this will provide her the fame and wealth she longs for.

In the end, Catalina begins to remember how hard her life has been since she became a pre-paid girl - having an illegal abortion due to being raped by three men, the struggles she faced in order to get her breast augmented and the loss of her breast implants due to medical complications, the death of her brother Bayron, finding out that her mother and Albeiro (her boyfriend), were having a romantic relationship behind her back which resulted in her mother becoming pregnant, finally getting kicked out of her own house by Marcial her drug-dealer husband, after Yésica betrayed her and told Marcial that Catalina had lied to him (when in reality she felt disgust towards him) as well as the fact that she had a boyfriend back home who had cheated on her with her own mother. Overall she is left feeling lost, forgotten, betrayed and alone. All these events cause Catalina to lose the will to live, and she tries to commit suicide but does not find the courage to pull through, so she decides to seek revenge and kill Yésica for betraying her by inviting Yésica to a café and calling the hired killers, giving them the directions that Yésica is dressed a certain way and sitting at a table by herself reading a book. The killers do their job and kill the girl by shooting her three times in the back, later to be shown that the girl killed is Catalina, who had a change of mind; that instead of killing Yésica, she decided to plot her own assassination instead by disguising herself as Yésica. Before getting killed, Catalina wrote in the book she was holding the line which gave the series its title, "It's a lie - without breasts there is NO paradise."


Gustavo Bolivar's heroine is a prepago, or "pre-paid girl", which means she sells her services around-the-clock for a set period, hoping to make extra money. [3] The screenwriter says Paraíso highlights an unflattering part of his country: teenagers in the Colombian narco-culture getting breast implants. According to Bolivar, he didn't imagine it would come to touch on a universal theme: "beauty based in vanity and its connection with money" and noted that no other book had denounced the drug dealers in such bad terms, the ignorant mothers who confuse love for their daughters with pimping, and the unscrupulous plastic surgeons.[4]

Bolívar says the story is based on real-life conditions facing child prostitutes in the province (departamento) of Putumayo, Colombia. There he met two girls who were desperate for silicone breast implants. One told him that she got her operation in exchange for sex. Unfortunately, the doctor used a pair of used implants that led to allergic reactions and infection.[3]

Telemundo began shooting the series at Telemundo's production centers in Bogotá and Girardot, Colombia, as well as its studio in Sinaloa, Mexico, on April 15, 2008. As with most of its soap operas, the network broadcast English subtitles as closed captions on CC3 until late October, when the network briefly canceled the translations. Captions were restored the following April. A version with on-screen English subtitles debuted on Mun2 in 2009.


Main Cast in Order of Appearance

Actor Character Known as
Carmen Villalobos Catalina Santana Antagonic Protagonist, aspires to be an actress
Catherine Siachoque Hilda Santana Catalina and Bayron's mother, later she is in love with Albeiro
María Fernanda Yépez Yésica "La diabla" Franco Catalina's best friend, villain, boss of the pre-paid girls
Aylín Mújica Lorena Magallanes Works with Martínez; mother of Julieta
Juan Diego Sánchez Bayron Santana Hilda's son; Catalina's brother who's hired as a hitman
Fabián Ríos Albeiro Manrique Catalina's long term boyfriend and later Hilda's lover
Gregorio Pernía Aurelio "Titi" Jaramillo Drug dealer; in love with Catalina; villain
Guillermo Quintanilla Benjamin "Mariño" Martínez García Works with Lorena; in love with her
Alejandra Pinzón Paola Catalina's friend; pre-paid girl; wants a deeper relationship with Titi
Linda Baldrich Natalia Trafficked with drugs in breasts; later held captive by Fernando Rey
Carolina Sepúlveda Ximena Catalina's friend; in love with Bayron; pre-paid girl
Carolina Betancourt Vanessa Catalina's friend; pre-paid girl; Jota's ex-girlfriend
Laura Londoño Lina Arango Trafficked with drugs in breasts; later held captive by Fernando Rey
Sofia Stamatiades Julieta Riva Palas Lorena's daughter and then later on J's girlfriend
Roberto Mateos José Miguel Cárdenas Drug dealer; in an American prison
Gabriel Porras Fernando Rey Drug dealer and friend of Martínez; villain
Ramiro Meneses Ramiro Duque / "Hombre Oscuro" Drug dealer
Danilo Santos Cardona Chief of Titi; partner of Morón; in prison
Alí Humar Pablo Morón Chief of the drug dealers
Juan Pablo Shuk Mauricio Contento Colombian surgeon who implants drugs in augmented breasts
César Mora Marcial Sánchez Catalina's former husband; Yésica's husband
Nestor Alfonso Rojas Caballo One of the three who raped Catalina, Martinez's Partner,is Dead
Rafael Uribe Ochoa Orlando One of the three who raped Catalina, Martinez's partner,is Dead
Víctor Rodríguez Jorge One of the three who raped Catalina, Martinez's partner
Jorge Sánchez Lambón Workman of Morón and Cardona
Emerson Yañez Balin Works with Bayron as a hitman; in love with Paola,Dead
Martha Isabel Bolaños Margot "Model" scout who traffics young girls
Rodrigo Obregón Robert Martinez's partner in Los Angeles
Andrés Martínez Alberto Bermejo Cardona's plastic surgeon partner
Astrid Junguito Doña Mariela Mother of Albeiro
Edmundo Troya Don Antonio Chief of the bikini fabric, is Dead
Neru Black Man in the bar
Sigifredo Vega Director Director of the high school, father of Natalia; in prison
Gustavo Yañez Sadhanii Under cover DEA detective, and Chief of Cardona in California
Maria Margarita Giraldo wife of director of the college, Natalia's mother
Jhon Mario Rivera Don Jairo Bordel owner
Manuel Busquet Director of the underwear fabric "Vanessa"
Moises Cadavid Benjamin Yesica's friend in Bogota
Paula Barreto friend of Yésica, actress
Germán Arias Police at the airport
Jairo Sanabria Police at the airport
Cristian Tappan Octavio Yessica's friend, congresist in Bogota, in love with Catalina
Manuel Pachon Priest
Mónica Pardo Cristina Raped by director of high school; pregnant
Jose Omar Murillo Pelambre Henchman of Marcial; in love with Catalina
Francisco Bolivar Jota
Maria Leon Arias Griselda Antonio's wife
Sharmel Altamirano Plane Stewardess
Alvaro Garcia Bonifacio Miss Chica Linda's corrupted manager
Monica Uribe Marcela Titi's girlfriend
Karen Licet Manjarrez herself Colombian singer
Julio del Mar Beauty peagant's jury
Herber King Cristina's father
Margarita Duran Cristina's mother
Alejandro Rodriguez Salgado
Julian Alvarez man in the bar
Sebastian Boscan Catalina's doctor
Natalia Giraldo Moda Colombia's Organizer
Ivette Zamora Titi's mother
Alejandro Tamayo man who involved Titi in drugdealering
Andrea Villareal journalist against Hilda
Luis Fernando Salas Urquia DEA agent
Alfredo Aneher DEA agent
Jackeline Aristizabal Gonzalez Police Agent
Ana Beatriz Osorio Roxana Pinilla DEA agent
Ana Maria Polo Doctora Ana Maria Polo
Angélica Blandón Camila "Hombre oscuro"/Ramiro's daughter


English release[edit]

NBC Universal commissioned Universal Media Studios to produce an English-language version of the serial, using a different cast and script.[5]

International release[edit]

Country TV Channels Local Title ! Premier End TimeSlot
 Bulgaria Nova TV/ Diema Femily Силикон за рая September 1, 2008 September 30, 2009 16:30
 Serbia TV Košava Sponzoruše November 10, 2008 July 15, 2009 20:00 / 23:00
 Canada Telelatino
 Hungary Cool TV
 Macedonia Sitel TV Спонзоруши ('Gold diggers')
 Romania Acasa TV Fara sani nu exista Paradis June 22, 2009 December 17, 2009


  1. ^ Televisa Espectaculos: 9 de julio 2010, capítulo 175
  2. ^ "Telemundo Anuncia Nuevo Plan De Programación Original Para 2008-2009" (Press release) (in Spanish). NBC Universal. 2008-05-12. Retrieved 2009-02-02. 
  3. ^ a b Martínez, Helda (2006-09-25). "Colombia: Measuring the Cost of Paradise by Cup Size". IPS. Retrieved 2009-02-02. 
  4. ^ Martorel, Carlos (2007-07-16). "NBC's Boob Job". NY Daily News. Retrieved 2009-02-02. 
  5. ^ Rice, Lynette (2008-06-18). "Will NBC be 'Sin Tetas'?". Retrieved 2009-02-02. 

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