When the candidate from Oásis do Sul entered the room for her preliminary interview in one of 15 regional heats leading to the finals of the traditional Garota Verão (Summer Girl) Rio Grande do Sul 2013 last Sunday afternoon, one of the judges said: “Look, Miss Universe is in the room!”. Indeed the resemblance of the teenage beauty with Miss Universe Olivia Culpo was striking: beautiful face, body, and not much of height (1.65 m-tall, at most).
Garota Verão is possibly the most disputed beauty contest in Brazil. Although a state event, over 400 cities and beaches crown their representatives every year. Thousands participate hoping to sign a R$ 50.000-minimum contract with a model agency, or simply to be called “Garota Verão”. The 400 lucky local winners then advance to 15 regional heats. Only two girls per regional go on to the finals, which this year will happen on March 2, in the city of Capão da Canoa (GB will bring you full coverage of it). 30 finalists will compete for the title.
Among the winners of this pageant is Rafaella Zanella, who would also be crowned Miss Brazil Universe 2006 and place as a quarter-finalist in Miss U’06, in L.A.. The current titleholder, Marceli Viana, will compete in Miss Rio Grande do Sul World later this year.
This past weekend, the city of Arroio do Sal hosted the Northern Beaches Regional. Twenty-four beauties competed for two spots at the finals, including Olivia Culpo’s “twin sister”. After interviews under some very heavy rain (the judges could barely hear what they had to say), they were taken outside to take on the runway buit right in front of the beach. Personality counts, but in this competition, beauty is what really matters. Well, beauty and height. After all, the winner will sign a contract with an agency and work as a model for at least two years.
After 45 minutes of parading in swimsuits, collectively and individually, the two winners were announced: contestants #10, GV Jardim Atlântico, Sabrina Scherer, and contestant #2, GV Arroio do Sal, Marilinda Corrêa. Our “Olivia” stayed behind, with other 21 beauties, who might try their luck again next year.
While Sabrina and Marilinda celebrated, the same judge who had announced Miss Universe entering the interview room, said after the results were announced: “It’s a pity our Olivia Culpo was not a bit taller. Maybe she can try out for Miss Universe in the future”. It sounds like a good idea.