Pabllo Vittar On Manchester Pride, And The Need For Representation
“There’s not a single place where everyone is treated equally, so we still need to fight!”
Drag queen superstar Pabllo Vittar is Brazil’s hottest pop export; with a brand of dance anthems that mix her soaring soprano voice with thumping electro-beats undercut by Carioca funk and a dash of regional romance-style, forrá. It’s a delicious combination that has made her globally desired, working with artists including Major Lazer, Rina Sawayama and Charlie XCX.
But she’s more than a pretty face and a club-ready banger: she’s an activist committed to fighting homophobia. Vittar’s emergence as one of Brazil’s biggest pop stars has been vital in promoting tolerance towards the LGBTQ+ community in a country where homophobic attitudes remain rampant, at times with fatal consequences. Vittar vocally criticised the far-right government of openly homophobic Jair Bolsonaro, and used her starpower to platform and collaborate with fellow queer Brazilian stars.