Pabllo Vittar

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Pabllo Vittar
Pabllo Vittar NPN Tour 2018-1.jpg
Vittar performing in São Paulo in 2018.
Background information
Birth namePhabullo Rodrigues da Silva Araujo
Born (1994-11-01) November 1, 1994 (age 24)
São Luís, Maranhão, Brazil
Years active2013–present
Associated acts

Phabullo Rodrigues da Silva (born November 1, 1994), known professionally as Pabllo Vittar, is a Brazilian drag queen, singer and songwriter.[1] She appeared on TV for the first time in 2014, on a Brazilian show, performing "I Have Nothing" by Whitney Houston.[citation needed] She became famous in the media in 2015 with the success of her music video "Open Bar",[2] a Portuguese-language version of Major Lazer's song "Lean On" with original lyrics, produced by Bonde do Rolê and Omulu.[3] In less than four months, the video reached one million views on YouTube.[4] He also released an extended play with the same name, using pop hits' instrumentals with new arrangements and lyrics.

On January 12, 2017, his debut studio album Vai Passar Mal was released. In the same month he released "Todo Dia" as the second single off of the album, which became notorious in Brazilian Carnival due to its lyrics. The third single "K.O." became an even bigger hit and brought Vittar to nationwide fame and success. Thus far, the song has over 320 million views on YouTube. The fourth single, "Corpo Sensual", was released on September 6, 2017.

Vittar has been featured in songs by international artists like Major Lazer's "Sua Cara", with fellow Brazilian singer Anitta. The music video was released on July 30, 2017 and reached 10th place on the list of most viewed online videos in the first 24 hours, with 25 million views.[5] The singer also appears on "I Got It", from Charli XCX's fourth mixtape Pop 2.

On February 27, 2018, he announced via Twitter that his second studio album would be being released in 2018.[6][7]

With the nomination of "Sua Cara" at the Latin Grammy Awards 2018, Pabllo became the first Grammy-nominated drag queen.


Born in a humble family in São Luís, Phabullo is a dizygotic twin and has an older sister. Phabullo spent part of his childhood and adolescence living in the cities of Santa Ines and Caxias, both in the interior of Maranhão, due to financial difficulties. He never knew his father, who abandoned his mother, a nurse, when she was pregnant with him.[8]

During his childhood, Phabullo experienced bullying because of his delicate gestures and feminine voice. He was physically assaulted with a plate of hot soup thrown over his face.[9][10] He attended ballet classes during this period.[11]

At the age of 13, Phabullo began doing covers at family parties and school performances, and joined a choir at a Catholic church.[12][13] Soon after, he began songwriting. Later, he decided to become a professional, moving to São Paulo with his sister, where he worked in several places, such as snack bars and beauty salons. Soon after, he moved to Uberlândia with his mother, who had recently married. At the age of 15, he came out to his mother, who had suspected that he was gay; his sister already knew about his sexual orientation.[14] His mother, whom he talks to daily, is supportive of his sexual orientation.[15]

"Pabllo Vittar is a boy. Who is girl. Who has no gender. Who is not afraid. Who prefers a thousand times to be on a stage than anywhere else in the world."

Phabullo on "Who is Pabllo Vittar?".[12]

He then began to go out for the night in Maranhão, to make friends, and to participate as one of a selection of singers in a house of shows. He started performing his own songs and impersonating celebrities for a small fee, but it was not a professional job. He was now dressing as a woman, but did not identify himself as a drag queen; the first time that he did drag was at age 17 in Uberlândia, to publicize a party of his friend by delivering pamphlets at the door of a nightclub.[8][16] With time, he started performing in gay parades in diverse cities of Maranhão and became known by the state's LGBT community. At age 18, in Minas Gerais, Phabullo started participating in and winning some beauty contests in full drag, before beginning his professional career as a singer while adopting the stage name of "Pabllo Knowles", an homage to singer Beyoncé.[12] His first performance as a drag queen occurred at the Belgrano nightclub, of producers Ian Hayashi and Leocádio Rezende (whom Phabullo would later call his "parents").[13][17]

Still in Minas Gerais, Phabullo took a university entrance exam by the Federal University of Uberlândia, where he was admitted to the full design course in 2013, but after some periods he dropped out of college due to his schedule of shows, which increased greatly due to the success of his music videos on the internet and his participation in the band of primetime television program Amor & Sexo.[18]

When he attracted attention from entrepreneurs in the entertainment field,[14] Phabullo began his musical career professionally, performing in bars and concert halls in Uberlândia and cities of the region. In this period, Phabullo adopted the stage name of Pabllo Vittar.[19]


Pabllo Vittar is widely considered a voice for Brazil's LGBTQ+ community. Because dangers to LGBTQ+ people have grown in Brazil,[20] Vittar's openness about being queer have made him an icon to those living in a prejudiced environment. As an openly gay, Brazilian drag queen, Vittar has served as a positive representation of homosexuality and gender fluidity. He has worked with Brazilian singer Anitta and United States artists Fergie and Major Lazer, gaining support for the visibility of LGBTQ+ individuals in Brazil and other countries in South America. Vittar also appeared on "Edge of Desire"[21] a popular soap-opera about a transgender man. After seeing Vittar perform at the Rock in Rio festival, actor Fabio Assunção wrote in a Facebook post: “You represent the possibility of truth in a sea of hypocrisy. Your public figure is the voice of many suffocated people.”[22]



Phabullo is a countertenor with 2.3 octaves of vocal extension already exhibited, spanning from flat E in the third octave (E♭3) to G# in the fifth octave (G♯5). His music is seen as "unofficial anthems for Brazil’s lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community."[23]

I think gender doesn't matter to me. If you write 'him,' I'll find it incredible, if you write 'her,' too. But when I get in drag... I won't stand in front of the mirror two hours putting on makeup for someone to call me 'he,' right? Call me 'she'! SHE is beautiful, SHE is a singer, SHE is a drag queen! I like to be called in the feminine.

In an interview for Veja magazine, Phabullo revealed that he chose a masculine stage name because he wanted to be truthful to the public, since he is not transgender. He only feels like a woman when he's on the stage as Pabllo Vittar, after that, he dresses as a man.[24] During the same interview, Phabullo said he is "making music for humans."[{{{2}}}][25]

"“They tell me a lot about their daily struggle to go out on the street being gay, being drag. I want to give them strength so they can continue being who they are.”[15]




Title Year Role Notes
Crô em Família 2018 Himself[26]


Title Year Role(s) Channel Notes
Amor & Sexo 2016–17 Band Vocalist Rede Globo
A Força do Querer 2017 Himself[27] Rede Globo Episode: "October 5, 2017"
Vai que Cola 2017 Himself [28] Multishow Episode: "Você Decide"
Prazer, Pabllo Vittar 2018 Host [29] Multishow
O Outro Lado do Paraíso 2018 Himself[30] Rede Globo Episode: "May 11, 2018"
Super Drags 2018 Goldiva[31] Netflix Original Voice


  • Open Bar Tour (2015–2016)
  • Vai Passar Mal Tour (2017–2018)
  • Não Para Não Tour (2018–present)

Awards & Nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Work Result
2018 Latin Grammy Award Best Urban Fusion/Interpretation “Sua Cara” (with Major Lazer and Anitta) Nominated
2019 British LGBT Awards Online Influencer Pabllo Vittar Pending


  1. ^ Billboard Brasil. "Meet Pabllo Vittar: Major Lazer's Favorite Brazilian Drag Queen". Billboard. Retrieved June 30, 2018.
  2. ^ "Conheça a Pabllo Vittar, drag brasileira que ganhou o Diplo com clipe de estreia". A Gambiarra (in Portuguese). Retrieved October 8, 2015.
  3. ^ Sanches, Carolina (January 26, 2016). "Drag brasileiro Pabllo Vittar lança clipe de estreia transformando Major Lazer em sambinha". Tv Globo. Retrieved February 3, 2016.
  4. ^ Rocha, Pedro (October 8, 2015). "Pabllo Vittar fala de carreira, sucesso e novos projetos em entrevista ao G1". Tv Globo. Retrieved February 3, 2016.
  5. ^ "Watch Major Lazer's Steamy 'Sua Cara' Video Featuring Anitta & Pabllo Vittar: Watch". Billboard. Retrieved 2017-12-06.
  6. ^ "Pabllo Vittar on Twitter". Twitter. Retrieved 2018-02-03.
  7. ^ "Pabllo Vittar on Twitter". Twitter. Retrieved 2018-02-03.
  8. ^ a b "Pabllo Vittar: tem drag no samba" [Pabllo Vittar: there's drag in samba]. G1. 2017-02-27. Retrieved 2017-08-05.
  9. ^ "Pabllo Vittar sobre preconceito: "Jogaram sopa quente na minha cara"" [Pabllo Vittar about prejudice: "They thre hot soup over my face"]. JCOnline/UOL. 2017-02-17. Retrieved 2017-08-05.
  10. ^ ""Jogaram sopa quente na minha cara", diz Pabllo Vittar a revista Trip" ["They threw hot soup over my face", says Pabllo Vittar to Trip Magazine]. Doistercos. 2017-02-18. Retrieved 2017-08-05.
  11. ^ Astuto, Bruno (2017-08-01). "Pabllo Vittar evita rótulos sobre sua sexualidade e diz: "Meu negócio é transitar"" [Pabllo Vittar avoids labels about her sexuality and says: "My thing is to transition"]. Época. Retrieved 2017-08-12.
  12. ^ a b c Laranja, Ricardo (2015-12-22). "Pabllo Vittar: "Estou aqui para desconstruir gêneros"" [Pabllo Vittar: "I'm here to deconstruct genders"]. Retrieved 2016-02-03.
  13. ^ a b "Pabllo Vittar: "Para dar close, a gente vai até num vulcão em erupção"" [Pabllo Vittar: "To look sickening, we even go to a erupting volcano"]. O Globo. 2017-01-27. Retrieved 2017-08-06.
  14. ^ a b "Jovem cantor Pabllo Vittar conhece a TV Integração" [Young singer Pabllo Vittar meets TV Integração]. Rede Globo. 2015-12-06. Retrieved 2016-02-03.
  15. ^ a b Phillips, Dom (2017-10-21). "Brazil's LGBT pop sensation: 'I want to give them strength'". the Guardian. Retrieved 2018-03-14.
  16. ^ Vieira, Bianka (2017-02-16). "Ninguém tomba Pabllo Vittar" [Nobody takes Pabllo Vittar down]. Revista Trip/UOL. Retrieved 2017-08-06.
  17. ^ Junior, Analio (2015-12-22). "FAMA: Drag Queen maranhense bomba na web e substitui Léo Jaime no "Amor e Sexo" da Rede Globo!!!" [FAME: Drag queen from Maranhão breaks the internet and replaces Léo Jaime on "Amor e Sexo", from Rede Globo!!!]. Retrieved 2016-02-03.
  18. ^ "Cantora do Amor & Sexo, Pabllo Vittar também é estudante de Design de Interiores" [Singer on "Amor e Sexo", Pabllo Vittar is also student of Design]. Jornal Extra website. Info Globo/Grupo Globo. 2017-02-26. Retrieved 2017-10-05.
  19. ^ Monteiro, Carolina (2015-12-18). "Sucesso com 'Open bar', Pabllo Vittar se apresenta em Uberlândia" [Success with "Open Bar", Pabllo Vittar performs in Uberlândia]. Correio de Uberlândia. Retrieved 2016-02-03.
  20. ^
  21. ^ "Transgender Brazilians Embrace Hit Soap Opera: "Now you can see us."".
  22. ^ "Brazil's LGBT pop sensation: 'I want to give them strength'".
  23. ^ Sims, Shannon (2017-10-07). "Transgender Brazilians Embrace Hit Soap Opera: 'Now You Can See Us'". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2018-03-14.
  24. ^ Fabio, Matheus (2017-01-28). "Pabllo Vittar tira dúvidas sobre sua identidade de gênero em nova entrevista e confirma gravação de clipes para "K.O." e "Indestrutível" do novo álbum" [Pabllo Vittar questions his gender identity in new interview and confirms music videos for "K.O." and "Indestructible", from her new album.]. Portal Famosos. Retrieved 2017-08-06.
  25. ^ Leandro Torres (2017-01-12). "Entrevista: Pabllo Vittar fala sobre álbum novo, parceria com Diplo, clipes e início da produção do próximo disco" [Interview: Pabllo Vittar talks new album, partnership with Diplo, music videos and production of next album.]. POPLine. Retrieved 2017-06-25.
  26. ^ "Crô em Família: Elenco, atores, equipe técnica, produção - AdoroCinema (ver lista completa)". AdoroCinema. Retrieved 21 January 2019.
  27. ^ "Pabllo Vittar realiza sonho de criança fazendo ponta em "A Força do Querer"". Universo Online. 4 October 2017. Retrieved 12 December 2018.
  28. ^ "Episódio 200 de 'Vai Que Cola' será estilo 'Você Decide'". Jornal do Commercio. 21 November 2017. Retrieved 12 December 2018.
  29. ^ "'Prazer, Pabllo Vittar': Multishow vai contar a história da cantora e drag queen em programa que estreia no dia 1º de maio". Multishow. 13 March 2018. Retrieved 21 January 2019.
  30. ^ "Pabllo Vittar grava participação em novela e é tietada por Mayana Neiva". Universo Online. 5 May 2018. Retrieved 12 December 2018.
  31. ^ "Super Drags: Pabllo Vittar lança música inédita para série da Netflix". Observatório do Cinema. 31 October 2018. Retrieved 21 January 2019.

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