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Clodovil Hernandes

Brazilian Lower House Congressman by the State of São Paulo
In office
January 1, 2007 – March 17, 2009

Born June 17, 1937
Elisiário, São Paulo
Died March 17, 2009
Brasília, Federal District (Brazil)
Political party Republic Party (Brazil) (PR)

Clodovil Hernandes (Elisiário, June 17, 1937 – Brasília, March 17, 2009) was a Brazilian fashion stylist, television presenter, and politician. Hernandes was known mainly for polemics and statements deemed inappropriate or rude, 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]



Hernandes was raised by a Spanish immigrant couple (Diego Hernández and Isabel Sánchez), and never apparently 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; he could speak, besides his native Portuguese, Spanish (his parents' language) and French.

Fashion stylist

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


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.

After his breakthrough on TV Mulher, Clodovil was fired from the female-oriented programme hosted by Marilia Gabriela and sexologist/current São Paulo Brazilian Minister for 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.

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.

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 the 2006 elections, Clodovil Hernandes was elected congressman for the state of São Paulo, being the third most voted congressman in Brazil, with 493,951 votes or 2.43% of the valid vote. He was a candidate for the Christian Labour Party. His polical phrase was: "Brasília will never be the same".[4]


Clodovil Hernandes died on March 17, 2009 after a stroke.[5].

Television career

  • TV Mulher (Rede Globo, 1980 season)
  • Clô para os Íntimos (Rede Manchete, 1987-1988 seasons)
  • Noite de Gala (CNT, 1993-1995)
  • Clô Soft (Rede Bandeirantes, 1996-1997)
  • A Casa é Sua (Rede TV!, 2004-2005)
  • Clodovil Por Excelência (Rede JB, soon on April season)

Political phrases

2006 campaign

  • "Brasília will never be the same".
  • "I will not promise anything. I will report [any kind of corruption] that comes directly to me".

Theatrical career

  • Elas por Elas (2006)


External links

Simple English

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Clodovil Hernandes in 2009

Clodovil Hernandes (17 June 193717 March 2009[1]) was a Brazilian fashion designer, television host and politician.

A designer in the '60s and '70s, he was invited to work in television, where he hosted numerous programs on several stations.

He launched congress election in 2006 and became the third most voted congressman in the country, with 493,951 votes or 2.43% of valid votes. Once, when he was asked about running in the municipal elections for São Paulo Mayor position, he changed the subject and didn't answer the question.[2]

He was known mainly for his controversial statements, deemed inappropriate or rude, often directed at other famous personalities. Among other problems, he was accused of racism and anti-Semitism[3].


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