Luiza Brunet: Reina Imperatriz 2008

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    Luiza Brunet was the Queen of the drums for Portela up until 1993.
    She is well remembered for her distinguished career as the godmother, since 1994, for Imperatriz Leopoldinense, which was fortunate to participate in five Special Samba School titles: 1994, 1995, 1999, 2000 and 2001.

    She did not participate in the Sambodromo Carnaval from 2005-2007  but returned to again be Queen of the drums for Imperatriz Leopoldinense in this carnival of 2008.

    Born to humble beginnings amidst the grand natural surrounding of the Pantanal,
    on May 24, 1962. One of 6 children born to Luiz da Silva, a farmer from
    the  northeastern state of Ceará, and Alzira Botelho da Silva, a
    homemaker from Rio de Janeiro
    When she was 8 years old, she moved with her family to Rio, where she
    lived in the suburb of Inhaúma. She had trouble adjusting to city life
    and had to leave school early at 12 to help the family get by. Her
    beauty attracted unwelcome attention among employers and she married her
    first husband at 16, Gumercindo Brunet. The marriage became difficult as
    Luiza's career took off and ended after 7 years.
    Luiza Brunet became famous in the early 80s, as a model. She 
    posed naked for several exclusive male magazines including He and She
    and Playboy ( May of 1983, December 1984 and May 1986 ).
    But in 1984, Luiza met Argentinean antique dealer Armando Fernandez,
    with whom she is still married. On June 6, 1988, she had her first
    daughter, Yasmin. .
    She has been married since 1985 to the older Fernandez however as of
    this appearance the couple is separated.  They have two children,
    Yasmin and Anthony in 1997. Luiza Brunet has been a
    spokesperson for campaigns promoting the prevention of breast cancer and
    breastfeeding and is considered a successful businesswoman as well as a
    great beauty.

    "Why in the TOP 20 Brazilian Brunettes List? Luiza
    has fascinating eyes, long proportional legs and a
    seductive personality. Her enticing dark hair looks the same since
    her teen years. If this ranking was made a few years ago, Luiza
    would be definitely in our top position.
    ---Andre Skowronski writing about

    Luiza's  favorite place in Brazil is the famous resort Búzios,
    popular with many other celebrities as well. Her oldest daughter, Yasmin
    Brunet, is also a successful model.
    The actual title is "madrina de batería" or godmother of
    the drum orchestra but Queen of the Drums has become the more popular
    title in English.

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