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Ana Paula Arosio

Like the heroines in the soap operas that have made her famous throughout her homeland of Brazil, model/actress Ana Paula Arosio's life has been filled with triumphs and tragedies. However, through it all, the beautiful Brazilian has bared all. . . and won the respect of fans and critics alike. (Mostly fans.)

Her rise to stardom started at the age of 12 when she was "discovered" by accidentally pushing a shopping cart over the foot of an advertising exec. By 17 she was a star in Japan, where a wealthy Arab once offered to

"purchase her" for several thousand barrels of oil and a camel. Luckily her mother, who was chaperoning her, held out for a better offer--er, declined.

During that trip to Japan, Ana Paula decided to turn her attention to acting. Soon she had amassed starring roles on a number of South American soaps. By 1994, she held the lead role in Brazil's top-ranked "Eramos Seis." Her star had finally arrived!

Engaged to businessman Luis Carlos Tjurs, the couple's planned 1996 wedding was never meant to be. Just as it does in telenovelas, happiness can quickly turn to tragedy--and it did just that for Brazil's golden girl. Only a month before their wedding, spurred by jealousy, the groom-to-be committed suicide in Arosio's presence. The actress was rightfully distraught and spiraled into a career-paralyzing depression. The press followed this closely, and she faced it with grace. She discussed going to therapy and the recovery process openly.

Baring her soul helped Arosio heal. Now she's a bright, bubbly, down-to-earth, and fun-loving representative of everything for which Brazil is known. Included in that is her love of Brazil's carnival, where she's bared more than her soul by being an active participant in the topless partying! 

With her personal life in check and her career back on track, Arosio has begun to branch out for work outside South America. She's been featured in a number of high-profile publications, and people around the globe are beginning to take note of Brazil's sweetheart. Her pouty lips, porcelain skin and dark, curly hair--not to mention that killer body--are what got our attention. Besides, any woman that can endure all that she has and still look this absolutely amazing deserves to be MVP of the Week!

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