South America. One simple word, and dozens of ideas, thoughts, pictures, people and places swarm into your head. A continent full of exotic and eccentric customs, but so many similarities to our own country, the United States. One thing's for sure, they certainly don't skimp on their celebrities.
Celebrities have a fascinating history that greatly
influences South American citizens. The United States
plays an integral part in their fame, helping them to become
the extraordinary people that they are today. Models, sports
players, actors, actress's, and musicians are a critical
element of the amazing culture of South America. Nearly
all of the celebrities of South America are found in, or
originate from, the country of Brazil.
Brazil is South America's leading country when it
comes to celebrities. It contains over 350 celebrities that
are recognized worldwide for the things that they have
achieved during their life. Statistics show that 37% of
Brazil's working citizens work at jobs in the fine arts.
Approximately one third of those people are locally
recognized, one seventh are nationally recognized, and
more are accumulating each year. In an interview with a
school board in Brazil, we were told that more than ¾ of
the high school students are striving to become artists,
actors/actresses, models, or professional sports players.
Statistics for other South American countries say that less
then one third of the students say that they would choose
these occupations. Statistics also show that 97% of
Brazilians have attended a soccer game, concert, dance
performance, or recital at least once in their lifetime.
Just like South America, the United States revolves
around current, and sometimes former, celebrities. We
seem so close to our southern neighbors, we even share a
few of our stars, but it seems like we don't really have