Luma de Oliveira

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Luma de Oliveira
Luma de Oliveira.jpg
Luma at the Carnival of Rio de Janeiro 2005
Born (1964-12-10) December 10, 1964 (age 52)
Nova Friburgo, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Nationality Brazilian
Spouse(s) Eike Batista (m. 1991; div. 2004)
Children 2
Modeling information
Height 5 ft 8 in (1.73 m)
Hair color Brown
Eye color Brown

Luma de Oliveira (Portuguese pronunciation: [ˈlũmɐ dʑ o̞ɫiˈvejɾɐ], Cantagalo, Rio de Janeiro, December 10, 1964) is a former model, actress and Brazilian carnival queen. She was Madrinha da Bateria (Godmother of the Percussion, "Queen of the Drums") for a number of samba schools up until 2005, before returning to the role for the famous Portela school in 2009.[1][2]

Early life[edit]

Luma was born in the hospital of Cantagalo,[3][4][5] in the Brazilian state of Rio de Janeiro. Oliveira's mother, Maria Luiza, was of Amerindian descent and her father, Luis, was of German descent[6] and worked for Leopoldina Railroad company. One of Oliveira's ancestors was Georg Heinrich von Langsdorff, Baron de Langsdorff.[7] She is the youngest of six children; her oldest sister is popular actress Ísis de Oliveira, and her brother, Mem de Oliveira, wrote poetry.[8]

Her name was created using the first two letters of her parent's names: LUis and MAria. She attended the Institute Gay-Lussac and played handball and volleyball, but her passion was cycling and running on the beach.



Oliveira began modeling at age 16, after the death of her father in 1980. She moved to Niterói and her brother Mem became her guardian, agent and manager.[9] She worked in Japan, France and Germany, but her biggest success was in Brazil.

Luma de Oliveira promoted the Clarity line of cosmetics, marketed through FLX Consultancy and Franchising.[10] She also appeared in commercials for Havaianas flip-flops[11] and Danone yogurt,[12] and on the cover of numerous Brazilian magazines: Fitness, Guys, Headline, Look, and Who's That Guy.

She caught the attention of Brazilian Playboy in 1984 as the younger sister of television actress Isis de Oliveira, who was herself featured on the magazine's cover in 1983 and 1991. Luma was the covergirl in 1987, 1988, 1990, 2001 and 2005; she was named Miss Playboy International in 1999.[13] Her five cover appearances, including her most recent at age 40, are the most of any person in the magazine's history[1] and those issues generated record magazine sales. The January 2005 issue commemorated the magazine's 50th anniversary.

Oliveira appeared on the cover of VIP, a popular Brazilian men's magazine, in January 2000. In their annual reader poll, she was included in their list of the world's 100 sexiest women for the years 1998 through 2003, and 2006. Her highest ranking was in 2001, when she placed eighth.


She appeared on three television shows:

  • 1986 "Hypertension" (Mark's girlfriend)
  • 1987 "The Other" (Dede)
  • 1990 "My Good, My Evil" (Ana Maria)

During the late 1980s, she turned down roles in four successful Brazilian soap operas, including Top Model, Eye for an Eye, Japan Kananga and Pantanal. In 2007, she declined an invitation to star in a Brazilian version of Desperate Housewives because it would be filmed in Argentina, and require too much time away from her children.


Her acting career included five films:

  • 1988 "The Heroes Trapalhões - A Jungle Adventure" (Maya)
  • 1989 "Loneliness, a Beautiful Love Story"
  • 1990 "Golden mouth" (Heavenly)
  • 1994 "Boca" (Heavenly)
  • 1997 "The Sound of Music" (Tereza)

She refused to do a remake of the popular Nelson Rodrigues work, Lady on the Bus, originally starring Sônia Braga in 1978. Oliveira claimed the "R" rated film would embarrass her adolescent children.


Recent work[edit]

Personal life[edit]


Oliveira met Brazilian businessman Eike Batista in 1990, and he invited her to accompany him to an Offshore powerboat racing event in which he was competing. They continued to see each other and she was pregnant when they eloped on January 31, 1991. However, he was engaged to marry Brazilian socialite Patricia Leal in a civil ceremony one week later, and had already completed the religious ceremony. Oliveira was unaware of the situation and stated, "I just knew he had a girlfriend, but not suspected who it was."[9] Leal eventually married Antenor Mayrink Veiga, a prior boyfriend of Oliveira.[9]

She stopped modelling but continued parading during Carnival and created a controversy in 1998 when she wore a collar with the name of her husband. Feminists claimed she was supporting the attitude that women should be submissive. Oliveira countered that submissive women do not parade in competitive samba.[14] During Carnaval the following year, she wore a pair of handcuffs draped around her neck to make fun of the controversy the previous year.[9]

The marriage produced two male children: Thor Batista de Oliveira was born August 1, 1991, and Olin Batista de Oliveira was born in December, 1995. Oliveira recovered her figure after her pregnancies and wanted to resume her career in 1999 by again posing for Playboy. Her brother revealed that Batista convinced his wife to change her mind and he compensated Playboy for Oliveira's breach of contract.[8] Two years later, Oliveira posed for and appeared on Playboy's cover in May, 2001. Batista still opposed his wife's decision and the tabloids covered the story, but Luma began working again. She was photographed for Angels of Brazil, a calendar sponsored by Rio de Janeiro's Fire Department, and several men's magazines.

Oliveira was with her husband on stage at the dedication of Termoceará, a power plant in Fortaleza on May 1, 2002. During the ceremony, she was noticed 'displaying her assets' while adjusting her nylons. Batista was annoyed, but many in the audience were delighted. The facility was subsequently nicknamed, TermoLuma.[15]

In January 2004, Oliveira stated that she was pregnant and would not dance during Carnival. A few weeks later, her lawyer announced that the couple was separating, and the divorce was final on March 22, 2004. Oliveira received no spousal support, but an undisclosed property settlement, rumored to be $250 million. When asked, she commented that her husband had always been generous.

Batista agreed to pay $20,000 per month in child support and he purchased a home for his children next door to his own which Oliveira could occupy for two years. Batista often dropped by for morning coffee and quality time with their sons. Oliveira insisted that she and her former spouse have remained good friends.[8]


Two months after her divorce became final, Oliveira's mother Maria suffered a heart attack and died.

Oliveira sued The Independent after the newspaper published a photograph of her to illustrate an article that exposed German politicians and Volkswagen employees consorting with prostitutes at Carnaval.[16] The paper published a retraction two days later on page 28, which stated:

"In an article published Thursday on the VW case was illustrated with a picture of a samba dancer. The picture, in fact, is the Brazilian actress and model Luma de Oliveira. We had not intended to suggest that Ms. Oliveira is linked in any way with the case and VW are sorry for any misunderstanding."[17]


  1. ^ a b "Luma de Oliveira" Rio de Janeiro Carnaval, Queens & Muses
  2. ^ Phillips, Dom: "Maturity trumps youth in Brazil's battle of the carnival queens" The Times, January 13, 2009
  3. ^ Certidão de Nascimento da Fazenda da Comarca de Cantagalo retrieved August 5, 2011
  4. ^ After the quotation from Senhor Wilson Valverde Jorge de Souza, Secretary of Finance of the Municipal District of Cantagalo-RJ
  5. ^ Brazilian Ministry of Health, Hospital of Cantagalo-RJ retrieved August 5, 2011
  6. ^ Um novo corpo em quatro meses
  7. ^ Mostra da Expedição Langsdorff no CCBB, 24 de fevereiro de 2010.
  8. ^ a b c Brasileiro, Adriana: "Billionaire Eike Batista keeps SLR McLaren in living room" The Independent, June 23, 2008
  9. ^ a b c d Honor, Rosângela: "Luma de Oliveira and pleasure to lead" This is People Magazine 7, September 23, 1999
  10. ^ "CLARITY / Luma de Oliveira" Behance Network, Beto Lima
  11. ^ Moura, Yana Manoela: "Tupiniquim of the world" Observatorio da Imprensa, January 22, 2008
  12. ^ Ripard, Sergio: "Danone chooses Paulo Zulu campaign after controversy with Anthony" FOLHA Online, September 30, 2004
  13. ^ Murphy, Ryan: Luma de Oliveira Askmen, Top 10 Playboy Brazil Centerfolds
  14. ^ Côrtes, Celina: "She wants a parceirão" ISTOÉ Independent, September 10, 2004
  15. ^ Lily, Sergio: "Plants for Money" Eletrosul, February 8, 2004
  16. ^ Haidar, Rodrigo: "Luma de Oliveira is to sue British newspaper The Independent" Counsel Journal, July 21, 2005[better source needed]
  17. ^ "Independent apologizes for using photo Luma" BBC Brazil, July 23, 2005[better source needed]

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