Mel Fronckowiak

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Mel Fronckowiak
Melanie Nunes Fronckowiak (cropped).jpg
Mel Fronckowiak in Miami International Film Festival 2015
Born Melanie Nunes Fronckowiak
(1988-01-16) January 16, 1988 (age 28)
Pelotas, Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil
Occupation Model, actress, singer, writer, fashion blogger and TV host
Years active 2007–present
Website [1]

Melanie "Mel" Nunes Fronckowiak[1] (Polish pronunciation: [frɔnt͡sˈkɔvjak]; born January 16, 1988), is a Brazilian actress, singer, writer, fashion blogger, TV host and model.[2] She began her career as a model winning for beauty contests and then consecrated as an actress and singer to join Rebeldes.


Her surname, Fronckowiak, is of Polish origin. A daughter of a psychologist mother Berenice Nunes and André Fronckowiak, the actress was quite active in school and from early childhood had always dreamed of having an artistic career. She participated in the Grêmio estudantil and was several times representative of her class. In high school she won a scholarship to a university in Santa Cruz do Sul, where her paternal uncle lived. At 15 years of age, she left home for the first time. She studied journalism in college, with evident support of her family.[3]

At 19 she became a model after winning the title Miss Mundo Rio Grande do Sul. In the same contest she won the title of Miss Personalidade and Miss Sul Mundo. She went on to represent the state of Rio Grande do Sul in Miss Mundo Brasil competition of 2007, winning 2nd place. At the time she was still in college studying journalism. She was then invited by a modeling agency to work professionally. Fronckowiak postponed her schooling, and went on to work in the great centers of world fashion such as Paris, Milan, Madrid and New York City.[4]

In 2008 she was elected "Miss Butt" in a contest sponsored by the brand Sloggi, owned by Triumph International of France. The contest, titled "Show me your sloggi", was contested by models from all over the world, and had as its objective choosing the one man and one woman with "world's most beautiful bottom". Fronckowiak signed a contract with Sloggi, winning a prize of 15000 euro and an insurance policy for her butt.[5]

TV career[edit]

After working as a model, Fronckowiak did amateur theater and began her television career by doing some commercials. In 2010 she made a cameo appearance in a scene in the Brazilian soap opera "Viver a Vida", playing the character of Duda, a friend of Luciana, the chief protagonist played by Alinne Moraes. In 2010 she signed with Rede Record, and the following year she joined the cast of Rebelde, where she plays the bulimic character Carla. In fiction, Carla is one of the six vocalists of the band Rebeldes. In real life Fronckowiak is also a part of a band, performing throughout Brazil.[6]

Fronckowiak in 2012

In October 2011 the former model was voted the "Girl of the Year" in Meus Prêmios Nick,[7] the most important teen event sponsored by Nickelodeon Brazil. In 2012 Fronckowiak won two categories in the Troféu Internet, and was nominated to Troféu Imprensa, one of the biggest annual awards and a highlight of Brazilian television.[8]

In May 2013, Mel released the book Inclassíficavel: Memórias da Estrada (Unclassifiable: Memories of the Road). According to Mel, a major publisher refused to publish the work for "being difficult to classify." The negative inspired his friend Pedro Cezar, filmmaker, poet and surfer, to suggest the title "Inclassificável". A publisher embryo, the Rubra, decided to release it as the first author of the seal. With foreword by Mexican singer Dulce María, the book includes poetic reflections and a collection of short stories that Mel recorded during their passage through 40 cities in Brazil (totaling approximately 70 shows) with the band "Rebeldes", which was vocalist. Owner of a retinue of million followers on Twitter, it also promotes literary initiatives in the social network, such as the project "Caçadora de Palavras" (Hunter Words), which aims to stimulate the production of poetry amongst young people. Besides the book, Mel lent an excerpt of his poems to stamp T-shirt brand "Poeme-se".[9]

Since 2014, Mel decided to invest in TV presenting career, she signed with the Bandeirantes network to be a presenter of the program "A Liga", a Brazilian journalist top-rated. In February 2015, Mel was hired by +Globosat to display the "Destino Certo" program, which premiered on September 3, 2015. This was her first solo program due to good audience and its impact on social media was renewed for a new season for next year

International Career[edit]

In 2015, Mel Fronckowiak was invited to compose the cast of El Hipnotizador, the first bilingual HBO TV series. The series was shown simultaneously in all countries of Latin America by HBO Brasil and HBO Latin America Group and then in Hispanic channels in the United States. That same year, in Los Angeles, with the photographer and fashion stylist Karen Raphael, Mel launched a fashion blog called' Sweet Ray of Style and received the support of major brands such as Chanel.

In 2016, Netflix announced Fronckowiak as part of the main cast of 3%, the first Brazilian original series by this stream service. The series of science fiction and is available for all countries in Netflix


Year Program Status Role Note
2010 Viver a Vida Soap opera Duda Special participation
2011-2012 Rebelde Soap opera Carla Ferrer Protagonist
2012 Rebeldes Para Sempre Documentary Herself
2014-2015 A Liga TV show Reporter
2015 El Hipnotizador TV serie Daria Guest star
2015-2016 Destino Certo TV show Presenter
2016 3% Stream serie TBA Main Cast

Written works[edit]

  • Inclassificável: Memórias da Estrada

Advertising spokesperson[edit]

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Nominated work Result
2012 Troféu Internet Best Actress Carla Ferrer in Rebelde[11] Won[12]
Revelation Of The Year Won
Troféu Imprensa Nominated
Prêmio Jovem Brasileiro Best TV Actress Won
Best Female Singer Rebeldes Won[13]
2014 Best TV Presenter A Liga Won
Best Writer Inclassificável: Memórias da Estrada Won
2015 Best TV Reporter A Liga Won
Troféu Internet Best TV Presenter Destino Certo Nominated


  1. ^ "O que é que a pelotense tem" (in Portuguese). Revista Veja. 
  2. ^ "Ao custo de R$250 mil por capítulo, "Rebelde" é a nova aposta da Record no horário das sete: Saiba mais sobre os seis protagonistas" (in Portuguese). UOL. March 15, 2011. Retrieved April 11, 2011. 
  3. ^ "Mel Fronckowiak" (in Portuguese). Perfilando. 
  4. ^ "Mel Fronckowiak, dedicação em tudo que faz" (in Portuguese). MSN Brasil. April 15, 2012. 
  5. ^ "Gaúcha Melanie Fronckwoiak conquista a Europa" (in Portuguese). CARAS. April 8, 2009. 
  6. ^ "Estrela de Rebelde foi eleita o 'bumbum mais bonito do mundo'" (in Portuguese). Ofuxico. October 15, 2010. 
  7. ^ "Mel Fronckowiak é eleita a Gata do Ano no Meus Prêmios Nick" (in Portuguese). R7. October 14, 2011. 
  8. ^ "Mel Fronckowiak, a Carla de 'Rebelde': 'Não sinto vergonha nenhuma de ter sido Miss Bumbum'" (in Portuguese). R7. April 1, 2012. 
  9. ^ "Mel Fronckowiak tenta se descolar da imagem de 'nova namorada de Rodrigo Santoro'" (in Portuguese). Folha de S.Paulo. September 15, 2013. 
  10. ^ "Renner sugere Happy Hour em Casa" (in Portuguese). Renner – Releases. September 3, 2009. 
  11. ^ ""A Carla está mais madura", diz Mel Fronckowiak sobre a segunda fase de Rebelde" (in Portuguese). R7. March 13, 2012. 
  12. ^ "Atores de Rebelde levam cinco prêmios no Troféu Imprensa 2012" (in Portuguese). R7. March 26, 2012. 
  13. ^ Banda Rebeldes é a grande vencedora do 11º Prêmio Jovem Brasileiro. R7 (1 de outubro de 2012).

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