Featuring Jennifer Penfield

Featuring Jennifer Penfield

Jennifer Penfield definitely looks like a “California Girl”, but she born in Syracuse/NY and currently live in Southern California. This “multi-task” American beauty has a Bachelors degree in Aerospace Engineering, Minor in Music Performance and also a...
Featuring Celia Almeida

Featuring Celia Almeida

By LaÍs Oliveira / English Edition: Gabriela Nader The native from Fortaleza, one of the most important touristic destinations in northeast of Brazil, Celia Almeida, owns a striking and exuberant beauty that she cultivates by training hard in the gym to keep fit and...
Featuring Julia Melim

Featuring Julia Melim

  Julia was born in Florianópolis, South of Brazil, raised in Rio de Janeiro and moved to Los Angeles to pursued her dream of become an actress and model. She was selected to represent Brazil during the Miss Pan-American International 2008 in L.A and in 2012...
Featuring Luana Pochmann

Featuring Luana Pochmann

By Laís Oliveira The youngest “Soul in Shape” of our magazine is a beautiful Brazilian, born in the state of Rio Grande do Sul, like Gisele Bundchen, and currently a resident in Mission Viejo, California. When she was a child she used to do Judo and Capoeira and she...
Featuring Ryaquel

Featuring Ryaquel

*By Laís Oliveira | English Edition by Ann Fain This Brazilian singer was born in São Paulo and loves traveling, hanging out with family, going to concerts, eating healthy, and being in shape. Ryaquel confesses that has enjoyed dancing and singing since she was a...
Featuring Sinara Brito

Featuring Sinara Brito

By Laís Oliveira “Work hard and play hard”, this is Sinara’s motto. The beautiful brunettes was born in Minas Gerais, Brazil, and loves enjoying her life by being around people that she loves and have good vibes with. To keep her in good shape she does a lot of...
Featuring Juliana Karla Rast

Featuring Juliana Karla Rast

By Jennifer Parker Soul Brasil had the pleasure of interviewing Juliana Karla Rast, the pageant winner of the Miss Brazil-USA Nevada 2013. A natural born beauty, originally from Campina Grande, state of Paraiba in northeast of Brazil, she keeps herself fit with her...
Featuring Irene Balnis

Featuring Irene Balnis

*By Laís Oliveira | English edition by Jennifer Parker   This American blonde beauty was born in La Jolla, San Diego, California. Since Irene Balnis was a little girl, she practiced healthy activities such as gymnastics, dancing, capoeira, swimming, and hiking in...
Featuring Uliana Sherembei

Featuring Uliana Sherembei

Uliana is a Russian who loves Brazilian Culture. She came to United States in 2015 where met so many people from different countries included her classmate that time, Sabrina, a Brazilian professional Samba Dancer who was part of the group L.A. Samba Dancers that...
Featuring Mariana Alencar

Featuring Mariana Alencar

Mariana is a beautiful Brazilian model and actress who is currently living in Los Angeles. The blonde keeps her good shape by dancing and working out. When she was about six years old she started ballet because her dream was to be a ballerina. She says “Classic ballet...
Featuring Egili Oliveira

Featuring Egili Oliveira

Egili is a dancer and choreographer from Rio (Rio) who lives in the wonderful city but has several friends in California. “I try to go to California every year to give dance workshops and participate in dance events as a professional”, the beautiful...
Featuring Simone Santos

Featuring Simone Santos

  Born in  Massachusetts, Simone Santos is a beautiful fashion designer and samba dancer who loves brazilian culture. Although her family is from Brazil and she is the only family member born in the US, she says her blood and heart are Brazilian. Simone...
Featuring Renata Belem (Dj Potira)

Featuring Renata Belem (Dj Potira)

By Laís Oliveira Renata, or “DJ Potira”, is a versatile woman. Born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, the carioca is a Capoeira instructor and DJ in Los Angeles. She used to practice Muay Thai to keep in good shape but when she started practicing capoeira at the age of 23,...
Featuring Valeria Milton Cruz

Featuring Valeria Milton Cruz

This brunette with typical Brazilian looks decided to leave her native city, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, to study English in the U.S. and originally settled in New York City. She has lived in Honolulu (Hawaii) and Wliliamsburg (Virginia). Now (*2014) she lives in Orlando...
Featuring Dominique Oneil

Featuring Dominique Oneil

*By Laís Oliveira | English Edition by Ann Fain Dominique Oneil was born in San Mateo, California, but her soul belongs to Brazil and its rich culture, music, and dance. Thanks to her mom, the American blonde beauty has been surrounded by Brazilian culture her entire...
Featuring Sabrina Machado

Featuring Sabrina Machado

The carioca “from Rio” Sabrina Machado practices many types of sport such as karate and capoeira, and also loves to dance ballet and jazz. As always she has been living close to the beach, Sabrina got accustomed to running at the beach or using the bike path....
Featuring Sonaria Curtis

Featuring Sonaria Curtis

By Laís Oliveira  This beautiful mother of three is a model, professional dancer and also an accounting manager. She was born in Porto Seguro, Bahia, Brazil, but is currently living in Northridge, California. She loves keeping her good shape by dancing, swimming,...
Featuring Ellen Alves

Featuring Ellen Alves

By Laís Oliveira Ellen Alves carries traces of a Brazilian woman: sculptural body, captivating smile, a Latin sensuality and sympathy. She currently lives in Las Vegas and works as an event planner coordinator, but also doing professional samba performances in...
Featuring Karina Nielsen

Featuring Karina Nielsen

By Lindenberg Junior & Jennifer Parker Like many Brazilians full of dreams, Karima Nielsen came to the United States full of plans for a stronger future, living in a land of opportunities, both known and yet unknown. As Los Angeles is the “Entertainment...
Featuring Vanessa Cortês

Featuring Vanessa Cortês

By Laís Oliveira | English Edition: Ann Fain The “Mineirinha” Vanessa Cortês is a beautiful nurse who loves dancing and doing weight training. As a child, Vanessa enjoyed dancing and always admired the Samba schools in the Sapucaí “Sambodromo” during the Brazilian...
Featuring Luana Elliott

Featuring Luana Elliott

By Laís Oliveira / English edition: Ann Fain The “carioca” beauty Luana loves being an entrepreneur and personal trainer in the fitness marketplace because everything involves taking care of the body and mind. She started practicing sports at an early age. She used to...
Featuring Patrícia Barreto

Featuring Patrícia Barreto

By Alia Ponte She was born in Recife, in the Northeast state of Pernambuco, Brazil, one of the most touristic cities in Brazil in consequence of its natural beauty and white sand beach’s. “I love to go the beach, to lay down and got some tanning, to walk, to have some...
Featuring Gisella Moran Ferreira

Featuring Gisella Moran Ferreira

By Ann Fain | Photos: Tony Maesto and Carla Villela This Brazilian-American girl started dancing samba when she was still a baby with the help of her parents. Her dad helped her since she was a baby by moving her hips and exposing her to Samba. Her mom helped her by...
Featuring Ana Braga

Featuring Ana Braga

You maybe have seen this skinny and tall, blonde Brazilian model, across the web doing some product promotion or just as a Brazilian beauty in the print pages of Playboy magazine (Brazil) or FHM magazine (U.S). When you see Ana Braga on photos or in person for the...
Featuring Gabriela Nader

Featuring Gabriela Nader

Gabriela has the face of a typical brazilian woman: beautiful and naturally sexy. Besides the natural qualities of being beautiful, she has many talents that turn her into a versatile artist. Residing in Los Angeles, she came to the United States as a child and grew...
Featuring Katia Vaz

Featuring Katia Vaz

The petite dancer, choreographer, actress and fitness model Katia Vaz started to dance at age 2, and since then have been involved with over 30 different dance styles, from all type of Latin to Ballroom Dance and Hip Hop. “I always loved to exercise. It always made me...
Featuring Glizia Rooney

Featuring Glizia Rooney

The Brazilian brunette was born in a small town in the state of Goiás called Brazlandia and it was originally named in honor of the region’s largest family – “Braz”, Glizia original last name. “I had an amazing childhood, most my friends were part of the...
Featuring Sparrow Valdettaro

Featuring Sparrow Valdettaro

As a child, Sparrow Valdettaro emulated the image of the dancer, as she always dreamed of achieving the status of a diva, focused in the spotlight of her audience. Her kitchen was her own private childhood stage, where the backdrop of life became the world she...
Featuring Juliana Farias

Featuring Juliana Farias

Born and raised in Fortaleza, Ceará state, which has 567km coast with beautiful white sand beaches, a greenish-blue color of the Atlantic ocean, a surface temperature 82F year-round, and an underwater visibility of 65 feet, this dentist, massage therapist and yogi has...
Featuring Kamilla Rodrigues

Featuring Kamilla Rodrigues

Born in Goiânia, state of Goias, the Brazilian Brunette was the winner of Miss Brazil-USA Los Angeles 2009, just a few months after her arrival in Southern California as a tourist. “I first came here on vacation, and I saw that there were plenty of opportunities so I...
Featuring Elka Haeckel

Featuring Elka Haeckel

  This “Baiana” natural from the city of Salvador, Brazil, moved to San Diego, California in 1999, and for a long time was the owner of Namaste Yoga Center in Ocean Beach. She has been practicing yoga since 2001 and says: “I found and developed the awareness that...
Featuring Marisa Montoya

Featuring Marisa Montoya

Now with two teenagers in her supervision, Marisa Montoya is the perfect example for a mother in great shape. Born in Abatia, state of Parana, Marisa grew up in a small town by the name of Aruja, in the state of Sao Paulo, and moved to the U.S years ago to live in...
Featuring Jessica Pavão

Featuring Jessica Pavão

  Over the years, capoeira has brought me unparalleled fulfillment, energy, positivism, and life balance. Training with Capoeira Brasil has pushed me to achieve things I though impossible. My body has transformed, I have developed muscle strength, coordination...
Featuring Janaina Barral

Featuring Janaina Barral

By Lindenberg Junior / English edition: Jennifer Parker When I saw Janaina for the first time at the 2010 Miss Brazil-USA contest, I realized almost immediately the possibility of having her featured on Soul Brasil ‘Soul in Shape” section. She had the...
Featuring Neise Cordeiro

Featuring Neise Cordeiro

Edition by Alia Ponte | Photos by Oscar Picazzo and Todd Mizomi & Anthony Corbins Designs The Miss Globe-Nevada 2013 is a Brazilian! Neise Cordeiro, born in São Paulo, Brazil, and is one among many Brazilian beauties that decided to immigrate to U.S. Neise has...
Featuring Jonia McClenney

Featuring Jonia McClenney

Born in Recife in the state of Pernambuco in the Northeast of Brazil, Jonia started Brazilian folk dances such as pastoril, frevo, xaxado and forro when she was just four years old. By the age of 10, she was studying jazz and hip hop, and by age 13 she fell in love...
Featuring Rosana Almeida

Featuring Rosana Almeida

The “Baiana” (woman born in the state of Bahia, Brazil) Rosana lives in Los Angeles and practice yoga and Pilates at least three times a week. She started both practices in 2005 and was influenced by a friend that practices for a long time. Rosana, a...
Featuring Sade Ellis

Featuring Sade Ellis

Like a bright start, Sade Ellis shot out of the skies directly from her hometown, Pointe-à-Pierre, Trinidad and Tobago. Currently living in Miami, Florida, Sade comes to us with a background in Soca, Samba and aerial dancing. We had the opportunity to interview Sade,...
Featuring Gina Amato

Featuring Gina Amato

Gina is an attorney working for a non-profit organization in Los Angeles and specializing in immigration rights. She loves to dance and have always been an active person, also practicing yoga, running on the beach, and lifting weights at the gym. “I trained in various...
Featuring Elisabeth Inacio

Featuring Elisabeth Inacio

This Portuguese beauty splits her time between Los Angeles and Elizabeth’s hometown, Paris. She came to L.A from Paris for salsa dancing, the entertainment industry and acting activities. She loves L.A, a very cosmopolitan city where she has the opportunity to speak...
Featuring Daiana Koren

Featuring Daiana Koren

  Daiana is of Romanian descendent but was born in Haifa, Israel. She came to America at the age of 7 and speaks English, Hebrew, Romanian, Spanish and is currently learning Brazilian Portuguese. Daiana is a versatile dancer who specializes in Musical Theatre,...
Featuring Laura Soares

Featuring Laura Soares

Born and raised in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Laura started a modeling career in her early teens and quickly became a popular Brazilian swimsuit model. In 2005 Laura moved to San Diego, California where she attended college and continued to model swimwear. In 2006, Laura...
Featuring Bruna Sakanoi

Featuring Bruna Sakanoi

Bruna began to practice yoga about 2010 when she enrolled in a Hatha Yoga class at El Camino Community College in Torrance, California. Her approach to yoga was highly influenced by her quest for balance and inner peace as well as her fascination with Eastern...
Featuring Julia Morais Daloia

Featuring Julia Morais Daloia

Amante de rollerblades e de uma boa pedalada em cima de uma “bike”, essa Brasiliense que adora comer um bom bobó de camarão baiano revela “Praticar esportes sempre foi o meu lema. A corrida de rua e a malhação são os hábitos que mais completam os...
Featuring Monica Netherly

Featuring Monica Netherly

By Lindenberg Junior Monica was born in Southern Virginia and is living in sunny San Diego, California since she was a little girl. She is a research assistant in the pharmaceutical industry and during her spare time, just for fun, she work as a professional...
Featuring Marcela Oliveira

Featuring Marcela Oliveira

  From 13 to 17 years old this “Carioca” studied hard to be a model and actress. Aside from her fascination with the entertainment industry, Marcela also takes dance classes in different styles up to four times per week. She said “Dance is an...
Featuring Kafi B Bella

Featuring Kafi B Bella

MzKafi B Bella was a born in Port of Spain, Trinidad Tobago, and has had Carnaval in her blood as long as she can remember. Through her love of dance and holistic living, IF by Kafi was created with the intent to aid people in developing themselves physically,...
Featuring Marquisha Walker

Featuring Marquisha Walker

*Edition: Ann Fain |  Photos: Claudia Passos Born and raised in Long Beach, California, this 5’5”, 115lb Sagittarius enjoys reading, dancing, watching movies and playing capoeira! Marquisha Walker is a financial professional by day and Samba dancer by night. She...
Camila Vianna

Camila Vianna

Featuring Camila Vianna Camila is a native from Salvador in Northeast Brazil and a good example of a consciously living person. She lives in Maui, Hawaii and works as an architecture designer for a “green” company that builds bamboo houses around the world. She works...
Ana Ligia

Ana Ligia

Featuring Ana Ligia I always liked martial arts since I was a little kid. It gives me a lot of self confidence and teaches me discipline. I try to practice Jiu-Jitsu at least twice a week, and boxing every other day. It is an excellent cardio routine. It helps me be...