Princess Isabel do Brasil: first BRSL Girl in history?
This blog presents exceptional women who have marked the world, mostly Brazilian but not only.
With a deliberately offbeat style, this article should be taken absolutely secondarily !!!
For this first part, we are interested in Isabel do Brasil, to be pronounced with the Brazilian accent please "Isabé-ou do Brasi-ou".
The end of a word with the letter L is always pronounced "or" in Brazilian Portuguese, easy isn't it?
Princess Isabel is a pure carioca, name given to people from Rio de Janeiro.
She was born there on July 29, 1846.
She died at Chateau d'Eu, Normandy on November 14, 1921.
At that time, the ties with France were quite strong.
Did you know that the Emperor of Brazil, Dom Pedro II, her little father, had a national funeral in 1891 in Paris bringing together thousands of people in the streets? But that is a whole different story, back to our Isabé-ou do Brasi-ou.
Our little Isa (at this point, we consider that we are already a little intimate) is married to Prince Gaston d´Orléans, Count d'Eu and grandson of the King of France Louis-Philippe Ier. She has four children, three boys and a girl.
Our dear Isabel has no shortage of titles: contender for the throne, imperial princess and three times regent of Brazil (it's a bit like three Olympic gold medals with a little more responsibility). She is also a Countess of Eu, in Normandy. It's a little less glamorous, but still, it's classy and that makes her the most French of Brazilians (after Christina Cordula).
For the anecdote, Eu means "I" in Portuguese (to pronounce "É-ou", yes I know, the letter U is also pronounced "or". Well, to keep it simple, finish your sentences with the sound "ou" and you will be a true Brazilian woman).
Finally, to finish with the presentations, the historical archives (read: Wikipedia) do not indicate any addiction, neither to Breton pucks, nor to cider from Normandy.
The highlight: the abolition of slavery in 1888
Isabel is a woman who made history with a memorable fact: having abolished slavery in Brazil by signing the Golden Law ("Lei Áurea") in 1888.
Life is often complex, but this law is extremely simple. It contains only two paragraphs:
1. From that day, slavery was abolished in Brazil.
2. Any provision to the contrary is abolished.
Pope Leo XIII sent her the golden rose that year. For the most fervent supporters of the Seleção and the joga bonito of Ronaldinho and others, it is the equivalent of the golden ball but to honor the sovereigns or the Catholic shrines.
BRSL Girl 2021 contender?
Serious candidate for the title of BRSL Girl of the year 2021 (the results will be revealed at the end of the year), here are the marks obtained according to our completely impartial evaluation:
Femininity criterion: 10/10
No doubt despite the photos only in black and white.
Brazilian nationality criterion 9/10
Her Norman side made her lose a point. Too bad, the excuse for exile was not accepted.
Notable historical fact criterion: 10/10
The abolition of slavery, at the top level, is going to be difficult for other contenders for the title.
BRSL Girl style criteria: 5/10
Just average for the flowers in the hair. We appreciated the effort in writing. Our BRSL Girl tip for her wardrobe: a little floral top from the “Saudade” collection that would suit her perfectly.
That's all for today, see you girls!
Be unique, sensual and free.
Be BRSL Girl!
Beijinhos. The BRSL Girl Team.