scala gay baLL 2016 in rio de janeiro


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Gazelle Butterfly Queen

dress & shoes by Scooter LaForge , headpiece by Brazilian designer Vinicius Ribeiro / Dumpster Chic, jewelry by Pericles Kondylatos and clutch by Patricia Field  ////

Gazelle with Rose Divina, journalist/promoter and PR Anna Maria Tornaghi and with the Scala Gay Ball producer Milton Cunha

ALL PHOTOS ©Frederico Mendes

If I wanted, I simply couldn’t describe how crazy it was to be in Rio for the last day of Carnival. After spending almost four hours at the Banda de Ipanema (see post before), I quickly changed into a more glamorous look to attend the even more glamorous event: the Scala Gay Ball.
It was a great honor to be able to recoup my energies in the private area (camarote) of Scala where drinks and all types of delicious food were being served from the moment we arrived until when we left. I said “we” because I was in the company of iconic and uber talented Brazilian photographer Frederico Mendes, who is now a doing a book about the Carnival…oh yesssssssss…his most recent book “Arpoador” is so beautifully stunning, and its book launch party (2014) shook up the Rio de Janeiro society, it was quite scandalous. I just  can’t wait for the upcoming release of his new work that will be published by Barléu, later this year, with his artistic vision of Carnival. You can follow Frederico’s Instagram HERE.
The Scala Gay Ball was fantastic, the legendary Rogeria was crowned the 2016 Queen and the main room of Scala was about samba, decadence and happiness where people danced until sunrise.


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moi with journalist Luiz Carlos Lourenço in the spacious private area, in a great photo by Daniel Marques. You can click HERE to check everybody who was there and in the main room area also.


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Yes, that’s me and the fabulous Kaka di Polly (photo Eduardo Moraes/Maurício Code)



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a quick blurry iphone selfie in the private area of Scala with darling friends photographer Frederico Mendes & Anna Maria Tornaghi.

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by Gazelle Paulo

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this photo was taken by the mother of Gustavo; and I am wearing a dress and head scarf by Scooter LaForge, necklaces by Pericles Kondylatos and hat by Ron Keenan


The last time I attended the Banda de Ipanema, in Rio de Janeiro, was to do the Explain It to Gazelle , a short improvisation exercise video for the movie company  Terranova 8 Films, and that was back in 2013.
This Carnival, I was very happy that I managed to be in Rio two out of the three times when this very famous band take the fun to the streets of Ipanema.
My look for both times was fun and simple, first because it is the carnival vibe of it and second because it is so hot. My idea was to be walking around dragging a phone talking to Adele, God, my mother, husband or whoever came to mind….I had the best interaction with everybody…and I can surely say that I will be back next year.


me and darling angel Ludvick – all photos below are by Frederico Mendes / all rights reserved

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by Gazelle Paulo

man of the hour: daniel lismore





If you think this winter storm is major, that’s because you dont know yet that the fashion tornado Lismore; for Daniel Lismore, is slowly arriving in the US. Tonight his exhibit “Daniel Lismore – Be Yourself, Everyones Else is Taken” opens in Atlanta at SCAD FASH.
To describe Daniel is easy and complex at the same time; easy because he is so tall and opulent that you can’t help to notice his presence from very close or from across the room; and complex because his looks are so harmoniously over the top, that his eccentric approach to style and fashion will at least take your breath away. The last time I saw Daniel was in Paris, last year I think, when we talked about how awesome it was that he was on H&M ads all over Asia.
If you want to know more about him, well my darlings just check a story piece about him on Vogue.



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by Gazelle Paulo

backstage at the susaNNe bartsch vogue italia fashion shOOt











What can I say? From the very first time Susanne Bartsch and I were photographed together, back in 2004, to be able to be present at many important  events in her super busy social life like the opening of her exhibit “Fashion Underground: The World of Susanne Bartsch” at FIT. It felt very special to receive an invitation from her to appear at her historic fashion editorial for Vogue Italia shot by Steven Klein, styled by Patti Wilson and make up by Kabuki. For someone who is not a model like moi, it felt amazing, but also it was extra special to be standing next to my friend and artist Scooter LaForge, and yes I was fully dressed in Scooter, from wig to shoes…amazing.
The shoot itself spread over two days at Pier 59 Studios; needless to say it was a lot of fun; I was able to reconnect with old colleagues and meet fabulous people like the incredible Duo RAW from Sweden …yes, I very rarely go out now…unless it is a great event.
The fashion story spread “YES. IT’S ME SUSANNE BARTSCH” clearly pays homage to the queen of New York night life; the concept takes – naturally and evidently – readers to what it means to be in Susanne’s habitat, which is surrounded by her entourage of fashionable hostess and artists who visually take any party to the next level. She is the maestro of her parties, controlling every single detail with the security of someone who has seen it all. It was quite impressive to see the work of Steve and Patti bringing out incredible images. You can see the whole spread HERE.

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Personally, it meant a lot to me to be included in this great story. Back in 2006, I was also in a group photo(below) wearing an Apple Monitor headpiece for the “Happy Issue of iD magazine”, when Kenny Kenny and Susanne Bartsch had their favorite artists representing their party Happy Valley, and for that group of clearly amazing people I and Brandon Olson were the only ones at the Vogue shoot above…so I guess my job is done here 😀


Happy Issue for iD magazine / 2006 – photo by Jesse Chehak

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by Gazelle Paulo

rio de janeiro: the best new years eve






  • starting the night at 10PM in the Tancredo Neves building at a lovely, calm and chic party.

I strong believe that how you spend the first hours of the first day of the year it will maybe influence the energy for the whole year…of course not, but it is always good to start the year with a bang, and the only place that I know that is an all night long party on New Years Eve is definitely the marvelous city of Rio de Janeiro.

From an old school high society party in a magnificent apartment in the Tancredo Neves building in Atlantic Avenue to a Gavea neighborhood mansion owned by a famous and glamorous gay couple in Rio de Janeiro; and ending up the night and starting the day and year at the very posh and cool Fasano Hotel in Ipanema where at the moment you come out of the elevator, a waiter will greet you with real champagne; I had the best time ever…


Second stop of the night at 2:30AM in the home of Andre and Bruno Chateaubriand:

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and ending up the night at 6AM in the Fasano; and yes, I even deserved a quick clothing change…Happy 2016 everyone !! 😀


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by Gazelle Paulo

gazeLLe on yay!hype magazine

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I am very happy to be featured on the latest issue of YAY! HYPE Magazine, which is a magazine based in my hometown Teresina, in Brazil. Last Spring, its founder Irakerly Filho was in New York to do a whole issue dedicated to the people from my state – Piaui – who lives in the city that never sleeps. It was a lot of fun doing a photo to illustrate the interview that I did with them.
The photo was taken during the day in Soho, and I was wearing a dress made by Hostyano Machado, who is a great artist from Teresina. Of course my “transformer” headpiece added a little twist to the overall look. Fun, fun and fun.


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by Gazelle Paulo

i was born on christmas day and i love it





  • well, I am not helicopter but I can still pretend I can fly and land…
  • chic snack table at La Suite by Dussol
  • lovely atmosphere
  • La Suite by Dussol Christmas tree

I was born on Christmas day and believe me I couldn’t be happier to be born on such a festive day. I simply love it. This year, I spent my birthday in Rio de Janeiro, one of the cities that I love the most, just like New York and Paris.

My friend Gil Even, founder of CA-RIO-CA SUNGA CO, took me to a cocktail Christmas party at the super cool, needless to say chic, La Suite by Dussol boutique hotel. It was a perfect afternoon; a very relaxed atmosphere with elegant people and a great vibe that reached the sunset. I was happy, I am happy. I had a marvelous year….thank you Gil !!


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by Gazelle Paulo