Miss Universe

Nathalia Kaur Pinheiro is Miss Rio de Janeiro 2015

Nathalia Kaur Pinheiro was crowned Miss Rio de Janeiro 2015 at the end of the beauty pageant held on September 19, 2015. It was the last state to elect for the Miss Universe Brazil Pageant. She is already a favorite to win the prestigious crown, the winner will compete at Miss Universe 2015.

Who is Nathalia Kaur Pinheiro ?

She competed at Miss World Brazil 2015 where she finished in the top 10. Her mother is of Portuguese descent while her father is of Portuguese and Indian descent. Kaur worked as a model since she was 14 and continued to do so while studying law at Universidade Cândido Mendes before quitting to work as full-time model when receiving an offer in India. She is currently working as an actress in Bollywood.

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Nathalia Pinheiro via instagram

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As Miss Armação Dos Búzios 2015

Nathalia Pinheiro during her preparation for Miss Brazil 2015
During her preparation for Miss World Brazil 2015

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selfie time!

Nathalia Pinheiro Espírito Santo
As Miss Espírito Santo 2015

She didn't know that she belonged to India - "I've always had brown skin and black hair. But I never thought about it so much. It was the day I decided to go to India for work that my mother (who is Portuguese) told me that I was half Indian. I was surprised. She told me that my father is half-Indian. Day by day, my curiosity grew. I asked her further about my surname to know which part of India I belonged to, and then researched about it on the net. I found out that I belonged to a Punjabi Rajput family. Perhaps that's the reason my instinct made me say yes to coming to India. When I came here, I realized my surname is difficult for Indians to pronounce properly, so I took my Indian surname - Kaur - when I started working here," explains Nathalia.
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