Gloria Gaynor defined the Disco era as one of the most memorable artists to make people shake their rump to the funk. She is best known for her smash hits, “I Will Survive”, “Never Can Say Goodbye”, “Let Me Know” and “I Am What I Am”.

Regarding a subject close to a model’s heart, she was once quoted as saying, “Well, we all know that self-esteem comes from what you think of you, not what other people think of you.

Never one to disagree with one of my favorite artists of all time but my experience is that what I think of myself is so often based upon what I perceive other people seem to think about me.

Does that make sense?

As Femcompetitor Magazine explores the world of the shapely model, many of whom are now redefining the industry, one thing our research unearths is their constant recollection of being bullied as teens about their weight. According to them, it has often led to low self-esteem which often leads to eating disorders.

We love the way the gorgeous Brazilian model Cleo Lima Fernandez looks. She sexy, curvy, fresh faced and exotic. article, photo article, photo

Regarding self-esteem what does her youthful story speak to?

I think you can guess.

Cleo relates in an interview that friends and relatives constantly chided her that she has such a pretty face that if she lost some weight that she could be a model. Their words hit hard. She started taking laxatives to lose weight.


The story goes downhill from there including having our Latin beauty purposely get sick up to 15 times a day. We won’t go on but I think you get the picture.

What forced her to change was when at age 18 she developed a stomach ulcer and a major decision had to be made to change her life.

Given how gorgeous she is, we are extremely happy that she did.

Other influential people are glad that she did as well. article, photo article, photo

She was crowned Miss Brazil Plus Size 2012 and has gone on to become an international plus model. Cleo has worked for several well-known brands and was named to the 2013 “Hottest Bodies In the Plus Size Modeling Industry” list by Plus Model Magazine.

The informative site reports, “Brazilian plus size model Cleo Lima Fernandes, began her modelling career without many expectations, she just wanted an extra means of complementary income as a trainee, to cover the costs for her university study. Now years later, Cleo Lima is ranking the stars of most beautiful curvy models.”

The low self-esteem factor creeps through again. She began her career with low expectations but clearly that has all changed now.

Cleo happily shares her bio with us at her website, “Am Cleo Fernandes, I am Brazilian, born in Goiania and I’m graduating in Physical Education. I’m a model Plus Size and started without many expectations, just wanting an extra means of complementing my income as a trainee. article, photo article, photo

By blessing of God and to my great joy working as a model was working and now I am completely in love with what I do and work to build a successful career. I have full support of my family, my boyfriend and all my friends. Each work is a huge achievement! I defend the independent happiness balance and I believe that beauty goes far beyond the dummy number! Welcome!”

You see what we mean. All self-esteem arrows are currently pointing upwards. article, photo article, photo

Now becoming one of our favorite sites, agrees. “Plus size Brazilian model Cleo Fernandes is gorgeous. Cleo is a curvy full figured model who has worked internationally for some of the top brands today. Whoever said “a picture is worth a thousand words” must have had this picture in mind and they all translate to “Beautiful”. Cleo Lima Fernandes is an absolutely and positively stunning model who represents the best in modeling at any size.

Besides a hot body, Cleo has such a gorgeous face which means that she always brings that extra something to the table.” article, photo article, photo

Wonderful words like that can be great for anyone’s self-esteem.

Would you like to electronically travel to Cleo’s hometown of Goiania? article,wikimedia photo article,wikimedia photo

Goiania is the capital and largest city of the Brazilian state of Goiás. With a population of 1,301,892, it is the second-largest city in the Central-Western Region and the 13th-largest in the country. Its metropolitan area has a population of 2,063,744, making it the 11th-largest in Brazil.

It is primarily known for it’s flat lands and few hills.

Goiania is a planned city founded on October 24, 1933 by then Governor Pedro Ludovico to serve as the new state capital and administrative center. Before this, the state capital was the town of Goiás.

Goiania has the largest green area per inhabitant in Brazil and the second-most in the world, after Edmonton, Canada.

What often amazes about researching Brazil is that she possesses one monstrous metropolis after another. Save Japan and China, very few countries rival the massive and exciting cities of Brazil, with many like Goiania that most unfamiliar with Brazil have never heard of. article,wikimedia photo article,wikimedia photo

The always reliable information source adds, “Goiania was planned in 1933 to replace the old, unhealthful former state capital of Goiás, 70 miles (110 km) northwest. In 1937 the state government moved there, and in 1942 the official inauguration was held. The city has wide avenues and attractive parks as well as a large-capacity football (soccer) stadium. Goiania is the seat of both the Federal University of Goiás (1960) and the Catholic University of Goiás (1959) and of a bishopric. Agriculture (particularly soy and corn [maize]), livestock raising, and nickel mining are the region’s most important economic activities.”

Goiania has many appreciative attributes. The travel site shares, “In the city, visitors will find many leisure options, several entertainment complexes and shopping malls. While the city is extremely modern and contemporary, it has been nicknamed the ‘Spring Capital’ with a third consisting of parks and greenery, such as Buritis, Vaca Brava and the Zoo.”

What an exceptional village that helped influence and raise Cleo.

Now, about this self-esteem issue.

Ms. Gaynor is a fantastic, timeless singer who provided her insights. Let’s get another point of view that seems to be consistent with Gloria’s from a star model.

Kathy Ireland is an American model and actress, turned author and entrepreneur. Ms. Ireland was a supermodel in the 1980s and 1990s, best known for appearing in 13 consecutive Sports Illustrated swimsuit issues.

Regarding self-esteem she was quoted as admonishing, “If we get our self-esteem from superficial places, from our popularity, appearance, business success, financial situation, health, any of these, we will be disappointed, because no one can guarantee that we’ll have them tomorrow.

I get the point that both Gloria and Kathy are getting at but I think for most of us it’s hard to apply.

Cleo once stated that after she started modeling, her point of view about her body began to change. Cleo says. “I was leaving behind that desire of having a skinny body, and began to have my own opinion on beauty, putting aside the social standards. I defend happiness independent of the scale and believe that beauty goes far beyond your dress size!” article, photo article, photo

I guess Cleo not only got the point but had the strength of character to apply it as well.

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