Throughout her 88 years, journalist, writer and former model Danuza Leão, who died on Wednesday night (22), stood out both on the catwalks and in writing.
At 17, she was the first Brazilian to parade outside the country, starting a successful career as a model in the 1950s.
In literature, the debut was in 1992 with the bestseller “Na sala com Danuza”, a manual of etiquette that escapes the rules and that was for months on the list of best sellers in Brazil. It was so successful that it won a sequel in 2003, with the book “Na Sala com Danuza 2”, released 11 years after the first one, so that she could update her recommendations.
Later, Danuza accumulated two Jabuti Awards, with his autobiography “Almost everything”, published in 2005, and with “Danuza Leão packing her bags” a book published in 2008, which brings together stories and travel tips by the author.
Writing was present in her daily life: the carioca wrote columns for the newspapers “Folha de S. Paulo”, “Jornal do Brasil” and “O Globo”, and was considered a woman ahead of her time during the 1950s. and 60.
Some of her columns published in the 2010s even caused controversy: the journalist, now in her 80s, spoke out against the “Me Too” movement, started by women who began reporting cases of sexual abuse in Hollywood.
Discover three books by Danuza Leão:
“In the Room with Danuza” (1992)
Danuza Leão’s manual of etiquette seeks to bring small gestures to change living in society for the better. Without being bound by rules and dogmas, the book’s format is almost a chronicle of everyday life. The first edition of “Na Sala com Danuza” spent months on the list of best-selling books in the country.
“Almost Everything” (2005)
The memoir released by Danuza after her 70th birthday brings memories of her time as a young model, her marriages and divorces, her period as a promoter of the main nightclubs in Rio de Janeiro and texts written as a journalist. Leão tells “almost everything” about his hectic life.
“Danuza Leão packing her bags” (2008)
Danuza tells the stories he acquired while traveling through four European cities and ends up building a narrated travel guide with useful information such as restaurants, hotels and shops.
Source: CNN Brasil