Natália Guimarães

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Natália Guimarães
Natália Guimarães.jpg
Born (1984-12-25) December 25, 1984 (age 33)
Juiz de Fora, Minas Gerais, Brazil
Height 1.75 m (5 ft 9 in)
Title Top Model of The World 2006
Miss Minas Gerais 2007
Miss Brasil 2007
Partner(s) Leandro Scornavacca
Children 2
Beauty pageant titleholder
Hair color Brown
Eye color Black
Top Model of The World 2006
Miss Minas Gerais 2007
Miss Brasil 2007
Miss Universe 2007
(1st Runner-Up)

Natália Aparecida Guimarães (born December 25, 1984 in Juiz de Fora) is a Brazilian actress, TV host, model and beauty pageant titleholder who won the title of Miss Brasil 2007. She then competed in Miss Universe 2007 where she eventually finished as 1st Runner-Up.

Guimarães is a model, actress and current host of Hoje em Dia, of TV Record.

Early life[edit]

Due to being born on Christmas, natal in Portuguese, Guimarães' parents named her Natália. According to her parents, the choice of her second name is a tribute to Our Lady of Aparecida. She took a package of medals of the saint and use one of its as amulet at Miss Universe 2007 competition activities and telecast program.

Natália was born with six fingers on her hands. She inherited a genetic characteristic called polydactyly from her father,[1] a congenital physical anomaly in humans; these supernumerary fingers or toes do not cause any problems to the carriers. The characteristic was discovered by media reports.

Prior to her current career, Natália had an audition for actress in Rede Globo's telenovela Estrela Guia, but her father forbade it in favor of modeling activities.[2] Guimarães enrolled on the Pontifical Catholic University of Minas Gerais to study architecture, leaving after six semesters to focus on her pageants.[3]


Guimarães, who began her modeling career at 15 years old and previously worked for Ford Models, also won the 2006 Top Model of the World International Pageant. However, she resigned due to her participation in Miss Universe 2007 and her runner up from the Philippines assumed the title.

Miss Brasil 2007[edit]

Guimarães represented the state of Minas Gerais at Miss Brasil 2007 where she beat out 26 other contestants from the states and the Federal District of Brazil, gaining the right to represent her country at Miss Universe 2007.

Miss Universe 2007[edit]

On May 28, 2007, Natália represented Brazil at Miss Universe 2007 held in Mexico City, Mexico where she vied to succeed Zuleyka Rivera of Puerto Rico and eventually finished as 1st Runner-Up to Riyo Mori of Japan.

The day after the Miss Universe competition, a Mexican television show asked the public who should have won the pageant. Guimarães won this poll with almost a third of the votes.

Life after Miss Universe[edit]

On 13 July, Natália attended the opening ceremony of the Pan American Games in Rio de Janeiro with Brazilian delegation and held the national flag at the occasion. The Miss Brasil titleholder also participated of reality TV Dança no Gelo ("Ice Dance", an ice skating version of Dancing with the Stars) on TV show Domingão do Faustão. Natália also recorded a special guest appearance at soap opera from Rede Bandeirantes, Dance Dance Dance. The episode with the beauty queen was broadcast on 12 November 2007 in Brazil and USA (locally by Band Internacional).[4] She was also invited to be a Victoria's Secret model.[5]

In February 2008, Natália appeared as the Queen for samba school Unidos de Vila Isabel in the Carnival parade in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.[6] Later, she garnered a first important role in a telenovela, as Ariadne in Caminhos do Coração and in its sequel, Os Mutantes: Caminhos do Coração, both aired on Rede Record.

In 2009, Natália portrayed a minor role in Bela, a Feia, Record-Televisa partnership Brazilian version based upon Mexican La Fea Mas Bella. On this telenovela, Natália's character was found dead on a beach.

Since January 2010, Natália is host of Belo Horizonte's segment of national morning newsmagazine Hoje em Dia. Due to this, she started studying journalism at PUC-MG, graduating in 2015.

On August 8, 2013 Guimarães and longtime boyfriend Leandro Scornavacca of KLB fame welcomed twin daughters Maya and Kiara.

Television acts and works[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2007 Dance, Dance, Dance Herself (Natália Guimarães) Guest Appearance
2007 Caminhos do Coração Ariadne Oliveira (Mulher Aranha) Supporting
2008 Os Mutantes - Caminhos do Coração Ariadne Oliveira (Mulher Aranha) Supporting
2009 A Lei e o Crime Gisele Supporting
2009 Bela, a Feia Mariana Supporting
2010-present Hoje em Dia Host Hosts the show segment from Belo Horizonte.

Pageantry winnings and placements[edit]

Pageant Venue Year Notes
Miss Minas Gerais Belo Horizonte 2006 Winner
Top Model of the World China 2006 Winner (Resigned)
Miss Brasil 2007 Rio de Janeiro 2007 Winner
Miss Universe 2007 México City 2007 1st Runner-Up


  1. ^ "Miss Brasil Natália Guimarães born with six fingers on hand" (in Portuguese). Terra TV. 3 August 2007. Retrieved 17 June 2010. 
  2. ^ "Miss Brazil Natália Guimarães made an actress test on Globo" (in Portuguese). Folha Online. 14 August 2007. Retrieved 17 June 2010. 
  3. ^ Mineira, modelo, estudante de arquitetura, fã da Disneylândia. Quem é a Miss Brasil? (in Portuguese)
  4. ^ "Rejected by Globo, Natália Guimarães will tape novela on Bandeirantes" (in Portuguese). Folha Online. 15 October 2007. Retrieved 17 June 2010. 
  5. ^ "Miss Brasil confirms meeting with Victoria's Secret" (in Portuguese). 6 June 2007. 
  6. ^ "Carnival 2008". Archived from the original on 7 February 2008. 

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Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Japan Kurara Chibana
Miss Universe 1st Runner-Up
Succeeded by
Colombia Taliana Vargas
Preceded by
Rio Grande do Sul Rafaela Zanella
Miss Universo Brasil
Succeeded by
Rio Grande do Sul Natálya Anderle
Preceded by
Marcela Duarte
Miss Minas Gerais
Succeeded by
Marina Oliveira Marques
Preceded by
Venezuela Dominika van Santen
Top Model of the World

Succeeded by
Philippines Michelle de Leon