Clodovil Hernandes

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Clodovil Hernandes
Federal Deputy for Bandeira do Estado de Sao Paulo.svg  São Paulo
In office
January 1, 2007 March 17, 2009
Personal details
BornJune 17, 1937
Elisiário, São Paulo, Brazil
DiedMarch 17, 2009 (aged 71)
Brasília, Federal District, Brazil
Political party Christian Labour Party
Occupation Stylist
TV presenter

Clodovil Hernandes (Brazilian Portuguese:  [klo'doviw eɾ'nɐ̃dʒis]; June 17, 1937  March 17, 2009) was a Brazilian fashion designer, television presenter, and politician. Hernandes made his fame as a fashion stylist during the 60s and 70s, after which he was invited to work on television. His dedication and fame on television lasted for over 40 years and various television stations. In his political career, Hernandes was known for statements deemed inappropriate, often directed at other famous personalities. Among other controversies, he was accused of racism and antisemitism. [1] Hernandes was the first openly gay congressman in Brazil. [2]

Brazil Federal republic in South America

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Television presenter person who introduces or hosts television programs

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Hernandes was born in Elisiário, and raised by a Spanish immigrant couple (Diego Hernández and Isabel Sánchez); he apparently never knew his biological parents. He had great affection for his adoptive mother, a Spanish immigrant from Andalusia. One of his projects in the Chamber of Deputies was to create the Dia da Mãe Adotiva (Adoptive Mother's Day) that would be celebrated on the third Sunday of May. [3] Hernandes was educated in a Catholic school; besides his native Portuguese, he could speak Spanish (his parents' language) and French.

Elisiário Municipality in Southeast, Brazil

Elisiário is a municipality in the state of São Paulo in Brazil. The population is 3,451 in an area of 94.0 km². The elevation is 494 m.

Spain Kingdom in Southwest Europe

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Fashion stylist

Hernandes began his career as a stylist at age 16. In the 1960s he gained fame as a designer of haute couture.

<i>Haute couture</i> The creation of exclusive, custom-fitted clothing

Haute couture is the creation of exclusive custom-fitted clothing. Haute couture is high-end fashion that is constructed by hand from start to finish, made from high-quality, expensive, often unusual fabric and sewn with extreme attention to detail and finished by the most experienced and capable sewers—often using time-consuming, hand-executed techniques. Couture translates literally from French as "dressmaking" but may also refer to fashion, sewing, or needlework and is also used as a common abbreviation of haute couture and refers to the same thing in spirit. Haute translates literally to "high". A haute couture garment is always made for an individual client, tailored specifically for the wearer's measurements and body stance. Considering the amount of time, money, and skill allotted to each completed piece, haute couture garments are also described as having no price tag: budget is not relevant. In modern France, haute couture is a protected name that may not be used except by firms that meet certain well-defined standards.

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Clodovil, 1971.


In the 1980s Hernandes became a TV personality with appearances on Rede Globo's "TV Mulher", one of the first Brazilian shows dedicated to the contemporary woman. His career as a TV presenter had its ups and downs throughout the 90s. Although he had a strong female following, his explicit right-wing position and unstable relations with co-workers led to frequent job losses.

Rede Globo Brazilian commercial television network

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After his breakthrough on TV Mulher, Clodovil was fired from the female-oriented programme hosted by Marilia Gabriela and sexologist/current São Paulo Brazilian Secretary of Tourism, Marta Suplicy. In 1982, when Walter Clark, Globo's former director general, was invited to become a director on the Rede Bandeirantes network, Clodovil hosted his programme. In the 1993 TV season, Clodovil hosted a show in Rede Manchete, however the network, based in Rio de Janeiro, suffered a severe financial crisis and strike action as well as a suspension of part of its scheduled national broadcast. Adolpho Bloch regained control of the network by legal determination and Clodovil left the channel in the first days of May due to past differences with his ex-boss.

Tourism travel for recreational or leisure purposes

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Marta Suplicy Brazilian politician and psychologist

Marta Teresa Smith de Vasconcelos Suplicy is a Brazilian politician and psychologist. She was Mayor of São Paulo from 2001 to 2004. She later served as the Brazilian Minister of Tourism between March 14, 2007 and June 4, 2008, when she resigned to run again for mayor of São Paulo. In 2015, she left the Brazilian Workers' Party (PT).

Rede Manchete defunct Brazilian broadcast television network

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In 2006 in São Paulo, Clodovil was depicted in a musical. He defended the preservation of Mata Atlântica in the Ubatuba region and minority rights in the lower house. His future project was Casa Clô, a foundation attended by women not helped by official social assistance programmes.

Ubatuba municipality in Southeast, Brazil

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Clodovil trained as an actor and as a singer. He designed the evening gowns for Miss Brasil and Miss Universe Sandra Mara Ferreira and Sandra Guimarães de Oliveira.

His controversial declarations on Rede TV!, caused legal consequences for Clodovil's artistic career. He was the presenter of Clodovil Por Excelência(Clodovil By Excellence) on the TVJB network, which was established in March 2007.


In an interview with Rádio Tupi on October 27, 2006, Clodovil stated that Jews manipulated the Holocaust and forged the September 11 attacks. In the same interview, he referred to black people as "complex creoles." To defend his opinions, he told the radio that there is an "extinguished power, that is in the underground of things". According to Clodovil, "People are led to believe. When there was that incident with the Twin Towers there were no Americans and no Jews." [4]

The president of the Israeli Federation of Rio, Osias Wurman, declared himself outraged with the declarations, mainly because they came from a person coming from a minority that also undergoes prejudice. Wurman filed a court action against Clodovil, accusing him of being a racist, as well as sending copies of the audio interview to the State Department of Human Rights, state deputies and non-governmental organizations linked to the black movement. [1] [4]


In the 2006 elections, Clodovil Hernandes was elected federal congressman for the state of São Paulo, being the third most voted congressman in his state, with 493,951 votes or 2.43% of the valid vote. He was a candidate for the Christian Labour Party. His political phrase was: "Brasília will never be the same". [5] Clodovil favored legislation that banned toys resembling tobacco products, restricted violent images in television newscasts during family hours and reduced the number of congresspersons in the Brazilian parliament. [6]


Clodovil Hernandes died in Brasília, on March 17, 2009, after a stroke. [6]

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  1. 1 2 "Federação Israelita intima Clodovil Hernandes por racismo". 30 October 2006.Cite web requires |website= (help)
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  3. Como deputado, Clodovil apresentou 17 projetos à Câmara
  4. 1 2 "Clodovil nega Holocausto e 11 de setembro". Estadã (in Portuguese).
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  6. 1 2 "Clodovil Hernandes morre em Brasília; polêmica marcou carreira na TV e na política - 17/03/2009 - UOL Notícias - Reportagens Especiais".

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