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The incredible success story of Brazil star Anitta

52 million followers on Instagram, a fat record deal, protagonist of her own documentary: The 28-year-old Brazilian Anitta has long since made the leap into international business and is a celebrated star not only in her home country. From plastic surgery to short-term marriages – the singer in the Tikbow portrait.

Anitta grew up in Honório Gurgel, a ärmer working-class neighborhood in Rio de Janeiro. Today, the 28-year-old resides in a luxury complex in Barra da Tijuca, one of the best areas of the Brazilian metropolis. Getting there was not always easy, requiring a lot of discipline and plenty of courage.

Anitta on the red carpet
Anitta on the red carpet in Las Vegas in November 2019Photo: dpa picture alliance

From the church choir to the charts

Born Larissa de Macedo Machado, Anitta’s stage name "Anitta" is based on the eponymous title character of the Brazilian miniseries "Presença de Anita", as she told Rolling Stone magazine. As a young girl, she sang in the church choir, though her talent was only really recognized when she posted a video of herself on YouTube in 2010. A post that developed an incredible momentum: In the same year, Anitta signed a record deal with Furacão 2000, her debut single "Meiga e Abusada" became an instant hit, record giant Warner Music Group took the talent under its wing. Success was not long in coming: Her nächster song "Show das Poderosas" not only conquered the charts in Brazil, but also the top ten in Spain and Portugal.

Two Anitta documentaries at once on Netflix

In the meantime, Anitta has released five albums ("Anitta", "Ritmo Perfeito", "Bang!", "Kisses", "Girl from Rio") and won the MTV Europe Music Award for "Best Brazilian Act" five times. At the 2016 Summer Olympics in her native Rio de Janeiro, Anitta was allowed to perform alongside other stars. Today, her Instagram account is followed by more than 53 million fans, and many of her music videos on YouTube have been üviewed over 100 million times. At the same time, the singer is also the star of her own series: there are already two documentaries on Netflix üabout her life: "Go Anitta" from 2018 and brand new "Anitta: Made in Honório".

Family – Marriage – Bisexualityät

Anitta is the daughter of Míriam Macedo and Mauro Machado. Her parents are divorced, her brother Renan is one of her closest confidants and also advises her professionally. Via Instagram, the singer recently revealed that she has another half-brother: Felipe Terra, who comes from an earlier relationship of her father. Little is known about her brief marriage to Thiago Magalhães – a businessman, as it is called. The two knew each other, according to Popsugar, only a few months before they married in November 2017, after ten months it was all over again. Since then, rumors of new flirtations have been doing the rounds, and in an interview with the Spanish news agency EFE, Anitta outed herself as bisexual: "I can be with a man, with a woman, with two, three, four, five or six", the singer is quoted as saying – a freedom that she takes and that she never wanted to make a big thing out of.

Anitta: »beauty op like a new hairstyle

The singer loves to stage herself in all her femininity, likes to show skin and is proud of her curves. When asked what makes Brazilian beauty so special, Anitta answered in an interview with Allure: “Our energy and, of course, our big butt.” The 28-year-old also talks openly about her cosmetic surgery, making one thing clear: "It is not at all that I do not accept myself. I do accept myself, but I just love to change myself." For her, cosmetic surgery is therefore comparable to a new hairstyle.

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The make-up tips of the Latina

Anitta has a fixed beauty ritual, as she revealed in a YouTube video: "I have very oily skin", the singer told her fans. "The first makeup product I bought was therefore also a powder." Before applying makeup, she cleanses her face thoroughly, then applies a mattifying serum. This is followed by foundation and concealer. The Brazilian shapes her eyebrows with a brush and gel, dabs pink blush onto her cheeks (and the tip of her nose!), and emphasizes her lips with lip gloss. After eyeliner and eye shadow comes the most important thing for Anitta: artificial eyelashes! A must, as she says herself. Finally, a hefty portion of powder, because: "In Brazil it’s always hot, so nothing should run!"