In a country where 343 LGBT people were killed in 2016, singer and openly gay drag queen Pabllo Vittar has become a symbol of resistance
Despite its permissive reputation and the wild, cross-dressing costumes seen at its street carnivals, Brazil is an increasingly dangerous country for LGBT people. According to the non-profit Bahia Gay Group 343 LGBT people were killed in 2016, compared to 260 in 2010.
Against this backdrop of prejudice, however, the countrys latest pop sensation is an openly-gay drag queen in a flowing platinum wig whose glossy pop videos have been watched hundreds of millions of times.
Pabllo Vittar, 22, has 4.9 million followers on her Instagram, enjoys the patronage of Anitta, one of Brazils most famous singers, and recently starred on the cover of celebrity magazine Contigo with the headline: Who is this phenomenon?
Besides her commercial success, Vittar has also become a symbol of resistance for those Brazilians dismayed by the rising influence of a self-appointed moral minority who have won a string of recent victories in the countrys culture wars.
People have really embraced my ideas, my work, my engagement, said Vittar in an interview at Rio de Janeiros YouTube studios, before the launch of her latest single, Corpo Sensual Sexy Body.