Taís Araújo

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Taís Araújo
Taís Araújo, 2013.jpg
Born Taís Bianca Gama de Araújo
(1978-11-25) November 25, 1978 (age 37)
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Occupation Actress
Years active 1995–present
Spouse(s) Lázaro Ramos (2006–present)
Children 2

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]



Singles by Empreguetes[edit]


  • 2006 - Prêmio Contigo: Couple of the Year (with Lázaro Ramos in Cobras e Lagartos)
  • 2006 - Melhores do Ano: Best Actress by Cobras e Lagartos
  • 2005 - Festival de Gramado: Best Supporting Actress by Filhos do Vento
  • 2005 - Prêmio Contigo: Couple of the Year (with Reynaldo Gianecchini in Da Cor do Pecado)
  • 2004 - 8º Festival de Cinema Brasileiro de Miami: Best Actress for Garrincha- Estrela Solitária
  • 1997 - Troféu Imprensa: Best New Actress for Xica da Silva


  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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