Saturday, January 17, 2009
RIO DE JANEIRO —Rio closed its main fashion event of the year with less attention to the clothes than the model _ a transgendered actress.
Patricia Araujo received a standing ovation after parading along the runway for the Complexo B brand late Friday to end the weeklong event in a city that delights in shocking the prudish with each year's Carnival celebration.
Complexo B designer Beto Neves said he invited Araujo to amaze the public.
"In fashion, the cool thing is to surprise," he told O Dia newspaper.
Globo Television's Web site called the 25-year-old Araujo "the star" of the show's final day, and model Isabeli Fontana told O Dia that Araujo "is the greatest."
Tall and slim, the dark-haired Araujo entered the catwalk wearing a long fur coat and quickly unveiled a short black-and-white dress to the applause of the hundreds of guests at the event.
"I love to be mobbed by the press," she told O Dia afterward. "I've always dreamed of being famous."
Her legal name is Patricia Oliveira, but she is known by the stage name of Araujo.
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