Lais Ribeiro

by celestecaprice on July 24, 2014

2010 Victoria's Secret Fashion Show - Runway

Place of Birth: Miguel Alves, Piauí, Brazil

Date of Birth: October 5, 1990

Ethnicity: Brazilian (African, Indigenous, possibly other)

Lais Ribeiro is a Brazilian model. She is the daughter of Maria do Socorro Carvalho Pereira and José Ribeiro de Oliveira Filho. Lais has a son.

A picture of Lais with her mother can be seen here. A picture of Lais’ brother can be seen here.

When Lais was asked, “Have you struggled in the fashion market for being black?”, she stated:

Here in Brazil, people are more tolerant, but the companies out there (outside of Brazil) are afraid to put a black woman on the cover because, on magazine stands, we compete for sales with little blond girls. It’s complicated.

She is also described as having Indigenous ancestry.

Lais’ paternal grandparents are José Ribeiro de Oliveira (the son of José Mendes Ribeiro and Rozina de Oliveira) and Odete Maria de Brito (the daughter of Candido Brito and Antonina da Silva).

Lais’ maternal grandparents are Raimundo Pereira (the son of Raimundo Pereira Lima and Matilda Pereira Lima) and Ortisia/Ortizia Maria de Carvalho (the daughter of Gustil Pessós de Carvalho and Maria da Conceição).

Sources: Marriage record of Lais’ parents – https://www.familysearch.org

Birth record of Lais’ father – https://www.familysearch.org

Marriage record of Lais’ maternal grandparnets, Raimundo Pereira and Ortisia/Ortizia Maria de Carvalho – https://www.familysearch.org

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bablah September 7, 2017 at 7:01 am

https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:QLWD-D6JW
https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:QLW6-XJKB
https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:QLWY-X2GF

Paternal grandparents are José Ribeiro de Oliveira (son of José Mendes Ribeiro and Rozina de Oliveira) and Odete Maria de Brito (daughter of Candido Brito and Antonina da Silva).

Maternal grandparents are Raimundo Pereira (son of Raimundo Pereira Lima and Matilda Pereira Lima) and Ortisia Maria de Carvalho (daughter of Gustil Pessós de Carvalho and Maria da Conceição).

andrew September 7, 2017 at 1:28 pm

How ridiculous is that “African, possibly other”?? LOL

bablah September 7, 2017 at 1:56 pm

Her father’s birth record says ”una crianca do sexo masculino, de cor morena”.
The other two documents make no mention of race.

bablah September 7, 2017 at 1:58 pm

*uma
I keep confusing Spanish and Portuguese

stlucas September 7, 2017 at 3:02 pm

Mãe solteira de um garoto de seis anos, ela era chamada de Pocahontas pela cor morena de sua pele, resultado da miscigenação das etnias indígena e negra da sua família.

The single mother of a six year-old-boy, she used to be called Pocahontas due to the dark coloration of her skin as a result of the mixing of indigenous and black ethnicities in her family.

http://www1.folha.uol.com.br/ilustrada/2015/05/1623966-angel-brasileira-da-victorias-secret-lais-ribeiro-sofre-com-preconceito.shtml

bablah September 7, 2017 at 3:09 pm

@stlucas

So ”Brazilian (African, Indigenous, possibly other)”?

stlucas September 7, 2017 at 3:34 pm

@bablah

Yes. Based on the surnames of her ancestors, likely some Portuguese as well. Also, she was born in Miguel Alves, Piauí, and only moved to the state capital of Teresina during high school.

andrew January 29, 2017 at 11:43 am

IMO since her background is uncertain she should be just tagged as “Brazilian”.

andrew January 28, 2017 at 9:07 am

She reminds me the Indonesian actress Laura Gemser. Lais looks South-East Asian or Polynesian, like those Gauguin women. Also look to her childhood pic: http://i.dailymail.co.uk/i/pix/2015/07/16/14/2A8FD41500000578-3163874-image-a-7_1437054809390.jpg

Lais with her mother and son: https://s-media-cache-ak0.pinimg.com/originals/97/61/50/976150907da6bd7fa89a5c506be8f096.jpg

stlucas January 28, 2017 at 4:28 pm

and here is her father: https://scontent-gru2-1.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t1.0-9/14369938_929670927139662_3746709912707220944_n.jpg?oh=89b6b0e8ad4aee903fccad624a88e070&oe=591854EC

He looks mixed, but slightly more Indigenous IMO. Maybe that’s where her Asian look comes from.

andrew January 28, 2017 at 4:44 pm

this is her brother, Leonardo Pereira de Oliveira.

https://assisdutrablog.files.wordpress.com/2014/09/1966680_10203413104593059_85029972_n.jpg

Lais’ parents are José Ribeiro de Oliveira Filho and Maria do Socorro Carvalho Pereira.

stlucas January 27, 2017 at 9:14 am

Her mother is Socorro Oliveira. Her father is José Ribeiro de Oliveira Filho.

alexgxo January 27, 2017 at 8:16 am

To all those saying, she’s mixed not black she is. But her country has a different racial classification. Race in BraIl is more about looks. Hence why someone may be 35% native or black, 65% European but if they end up looking like Gisele which can be possible, they can consider themselves white.

alexgxo January 27, 2017 at 8:17 am

So with darkish skin, and all her noiciable african influence on phenotype, Lais is black in her country.

alexgxo September 15, 2016 at 1:33 pm

She looks tri racial (native, black and European) and most likely is. No way is she close to 100 percent SSA.

dexken December 1, 2014 at 12:47 pm

Her name is Portuguese because she is from Brazil. She is Afro Brazilian. She considers herself Black. Most blacks are mixed with some other race.

andrew December 2, 2014 at 4:43 am

are you Midori ?

Samiiraa September 16, 2016 at 12:17 pm

No, most blacks are not mixed. She is mixed, not black. Period.

Multiethnicchick September 23, 2016 at 1:21 pm

thank you Samiiraa!

I swear people who say most black people are mixed, are really ignorant. If most black people are mixed, then no black people would be left.

alexgxo January 27, 2017 at 8:02 am

The black people that are mixed are the new world blacks and parts of East Africa. That’s what most people probably mean, Bew World blacks are usually mixed to certain degrees.

fuzzybear44 January 28, 2017 at 1:47 am

@alexgxo

They know exactly which black people are being talked about

alexgxo January 27, 2017 at 8:09 am

Samiiraa be that as it may, she grew up in I’m pretty sure one of blackest parts of country. Now we all know she’s mixed and I see her a slight mixed but if there’s one thing I’ve learned about the new world, it’s that if they chose to identify as black and look it, so be it. I met a girl whose 1/8 black 7/8 European (English). She didn’t consider herself mixed because she looked white and was mostly white.

Now as for Lais, she doesn’t look black to me but it’s because her country has a different classification system. I believe they go mainly by skin tone hence why Adriana would be seen as a pardo or be seen as white dead ending on the person. They’re concept of race and looks are different then America.

alexgxo January 27, 2017 at 8:11 am

Stupid spellcheck. I didn’t mean to say slight at the beginning and I meant depending not dead ending.

fuzzybear44 January 28, 2017 at 1:45 am

@alexgxo

Quote( I believe they go mainly by skin tone )

Well yes, I think they have well over 45 shade names before they get to black. So yes it’s pretty wild. The thing is, that’s almost everywhere. Everyone seems to have been taught to run from that word (BLACK)

Here Jamaicans doing it:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jwr57SeOolY

From what I seen in this interview, Lais counts herself as a black model:

(Have you struggled in the fashion market for being black?
Here in Brazil, people are more tolerant, but the companies out there (outside of Brazil) are afraid to put a black woman on the cover because, on magazine stands, we compete for sales with little blond girls. It’s complicated.)

Source:
https://blackwomenofbrazil.co/2013/07/10/model-lais-ribeiro-companies-outside-of-brazil-are-afraid-to-put-a-black-woman-on-the-cover-says-nothing-about-exclusion-in-brazil/

Now she didn’t say wait ,I’m mixed. She seem to have not taken any offense to being called black. It’s other like our fellow members(Multiethnicchick and Samiiraa!) who seem to be incapable of tolerating anybody mindset that doesn’t go along with theirs

J.J. July 24, 2014 at 9:06 pm

she doesn’t look entirely black and her name is portuguese, if her proper ancestry isn’t known then we shouldn’t just be guessing she’s black from what she looks like, the entry shouldn’t be on the site

ashash December 1, 2014 at 8:07 pm

She’s stunning.

neiltennant September 16, 2016 at 3:01 pm

+ 1 yes she is

if i don’t eat CHIPS and MILANO COOKIES anymore i could look like her hahah

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