Taís Araújo

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Taís Araújo.

Taís Bianca Gama de Araújo (Portuguese pronunciation: [taˈiʒ biˈɐ̃kɐ ˈɡɐ̃mɐ dʒi aɾaˈuʒu] or simply [taˈiz aɾaˈuʒu], born on November 25, 1978 in Rio de Janeiro) is a Brazilian actress. She was the first black Brazilian actress to be a protagonist in a Brazilian telenovela, Xica da Silva (1996), in Rede Manchete.[1] She was also a protagonist on another telenovela, Da Cor do Pecado (2004) in Rede Globo channel.

Araújo, who is of mixed African, Austrian and Portuguese descent, said that the skin color variation found in her family never called her attention, even though she claimed that she used to be the only "black" girl at her upper-class school and that the people who looked like her there were only the ones "who cleaned the floor, the servants".[2][3]

Araújo became the first "black" actress to be a protagonist of a telenovela in prime time of the largest Brazilian television network, Rede Globo. She is the main actress of the telenovela Viver a Vida. She said this is very important, saying: "When I was little, I did not have anything that looked like me! Now a black girl can have references on TV, including as a standard of beauty."[4]

Selected filmography[edit]

Films[edit]

Singles by Empreguetes[edit]

Awards[edit]

  • 2006 - Casal do ano (with Lázaro Ramos em "Cobras e Lagartos"), Prêmio Contigo
  • 2006 - Melhor Atriz do ano por "Cobras e Lagartos", Domingão do Faustão
  • 2005 - Melhor Atriz Coadjuvante por "Filhos do Vento", Festival de Gramado
  • 2005 - Casal do ano (com Reynaldo Gianecchini em "Da Cor do Pecado"), Prêmio Contigo
  • 2004 - Melhor atriz por "Garrincha- Estrela Solitária", 8º Festival de Cinema Brasileiro de Miami
  • 1997 - Atriz Revelação por "Xica da Silva", Troféu Imprensa

References[edit]

  1. ^ A estonteante Taís Araújo é a primeira protagonista negra em novela contemporânea [1]
  2. ^ [Mulata Cor do Brasil http://www1.folha.uol.com.br/revista/reportag/inde0501.htm]
  3. ^ Mais velha e ocupada, a atriz fala sobre crescimento e transformação http://revistatpm.uol.com.br/revista/116/perfil/tais-araujo.html
  4. ^ First black protagonist in the prime time of Brazilian television

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