People Staff
May 04, 1992 12:00 PM

She used to be known as Pelé’s girlfriend, but now he’s known as the guy who used to date Xuxa. A former teen model, Xuxa (pronounced SHOE-sha), 29, is Brazil’s biggest star, her blondness a national treasure. Born Maria da Graça Meneghel, she has a popular kids show broadcast in 16 countries (including the U.S., on Spanish-speaking Univision). Her fans also devour Xuxa’s movies, records, concerts, comic books and 50 licensed products. Yes, blondes do have more funds: Among the world’s most highly paid entertainers, Xuxa earned $19 million last year and is worth a reported $100 million. She recently launched a U.S. invasion with that secretly videotaped lunch date-photo op with John Kennedy Jr. that turned up on A Current Affair. Xuxa doesn’t dwell on her looks. “I don’t think I’m sexy,” she confides, “I think I’m sensual.” Will her magic work as well here? It’s in the cards.

You May Like

EDIT POST