Born on 20 September 1983, in Campo Grande, Mato Grosso do Sul, Brazil, under the earth sign of Virgo, Gracyanne Jacobina Barbosa Vieira is a 35-year-old Brazilian fitness model, bodybuilder and entrepreneur, who is also known for her spectacular dance performances during various carnivals. Despite growing up in poverty, she became one of the most beloved people in the world of fitness.
Before becoming hooked on bodybuilding, Gracyanne had made quite a career as a Samba dancer, touring all over South America with her band, Tchakabum. Once her interest for sports was rekindled, there was no stopping her. Today, she has an impressive portfolio which includes several magazine covers, supplement product lines and a massive following online. Fans adore her because of her optimism and constant reminders that her example should be used as a reminder that they should never give up on their dreams.
Early Life and Education: Struggles from the Very Beginning
Born in the Mato Grosso state, Gracyanne didn’t grow up in a very affluent family; both her parents had difficulties finding stable jobs, which resulted in the Barbosa household often lacking money to pay the bills – there is no information concerning her parents’ names and professions. Even though Gracyanne frequently uses examples from her own life to motivate her fans, she is reluctant to share anything overly personal. Since she became an international star, reporters and fans have “bombarded” her with such inquiries, but she still hasn’t revealed anything significant.
At an early age she started practicing gymnastics, becoming very skilled and quite famous on a national level. However, she gave up on her career in sports to become a lawyer; when she was just 16, Gracyanne moved from Campo Grande to Rio de Janeiro to enroll at law school. During the first semester, she realized there was no way she would be able to pay her tuition, but there was also one positive detail – she took up dancing. After dropping out of law school in 2000, the world of dance turned out to be her new sanctuary.
Career Beginnings: Time with Tchakabum, Sculpting Her Body and More
Gracyanne found her financial difficulties hard to cope with, and became slightly pessimistic, but when she joined axé band Tchakabum as a dancer, everything changed for the better. After the first tour, she felt the same flair she used to feel in her childhood. Her group ended up being one of the most sought-after in all of Brazil, with notable performances at carnivals in Rio de Janeiro and Sao Paolo.
Even though she was having the time of her life, Gracyanne realized that she was becoming more physically fit the more she performed. With long tours and practices twice a day, she had to live in the gym to be able to withstand this tempo, and as she became more muscular, the media started writing about her looks. After several interviews with representatives of talent agencies, Gracyanne took up modeling as a “side gig”. Little did she know that it would be the best choice she ever made.
Establishing Herself: Playboy nad Becoming a Full-Time Model
At the peak of her tenure with Tchakabum, Gracyanne enjoyed immense popularity in her home country. This became evident when she was approached by Playboy executives in 2007, who loved her muscles and overall style, so she was their first choice for cover model. Overjoyed, she said ‘yes’, and the shoot didn’t just make her a true celebrity, but it also gave her a chance to share her story. As soon as fans found out about her struggles, she couldn’t believe the love and support that came in her direction. In 2008 after several other photo shoots, Barbosa left Tchakabum and became a full-time model.
This decision turned out to be a profitable one, as she quickly amassed enough money to buy her parents a house and live a comfortable life. Instead of becoming complacent, the whole sequence of events greatly motivated her to become the best in her line of work. In 2011, she appeared on the cover of Revista Sexy, a popular Brazilian men’s magazine. As her muscles grew bigger, Gracyanne enjoyed more the process itself, instead of just embracing the results of her workouts.
In 2012, she became more active on social media, with the bulk of her activity involving workout photos and videos, which was precisely what Gracyanne needed to become internationally famous. Both fans and other athletes were in awe of her strength and endurance – one notable video was an excerpt from her leg day, including when she squatted with 450lbs (204kgs) on her shoulders, which went viral, and was the subject of debates well into 2013.
While most praised her for being such a motivator, there were people who accused her of using fake plates just to attract attention. Gracyanne vehemently denied such accusations, stating that she has nothing to gain by faking anything.
Her Career as Rainha de Bateria
Other than modeling, being an entrepreneur and a fitness personality, Gracyanne has one more occupation. She is a famous rainha de bateria (‘drum queen’ in Portuguese), with performances during every important carnival in Brazil. The role is one of the most prestigious spots a dancer can assume, and is often given to the most experienced dancers or even celebrities. Due to her perseverance and hard work, Gracyanne became one of the best and most respected entertainers in her home country.
A Striving Entrepreneur and Influencer
While still in the gym on an almost daily basis, Gracyanne is also focused on her business ventures. She advertises several fitness-related brands, with considerable success all over Latin America. In addition to sponsorships, this influencer has her own brand, dabbling in supplements for athletes.
Personal Life: Is Gracyanne Barbosa Married? Does She Have Children?
Throughout her career, Gracyanne was the subject of many rumors surrounding potential partners. Despite being one of the most attractive women in Brazil, she’s never really showed much interest in anything other than her career. After years of incessant inquiries, we finally found that she was in a relationship with Brazilian Belo, a famous pagode and samba singer.
The two met in 2009 and ultimately married on 18 May, 2012, in a lovely ceremony at the Candelaria Church in Rio de Janeiro. Their marriage caused quite a lot of stir in the media, as Belo was once married to another famous drum queen, Viviane Araujo. Tabloids tried to create conflict between the two, but to no avail. While there were rumors about Gracyanne being pregnant, she has denied them.
Body Measurements: How Tall is Gracyanne Barbosa?
Gracyanne Barbosa is 5ft 9in (175cm) tall, weighs around 154lbs (70kgs), and her vital statistics are 34-27-40. She is known for her pitch black eyes and hair, which go well with her well-defined physique. According to Barbosa herself, she usually works out five times a week – on Mondays and Thursday she focuses on leg exercises, Tuesday and Friday are devoted to her glutes (posterior muscles), while Wednesday is reserved for chest, back, arms and shoulders. Like most fitness icons, Gracyanne has to eat a significant amount of food on a daily basis, if she wants to maintain her physique. This usually involves as much as six meals every day.
Various Allegations: Plastic Surgery? Steroids?
Fans have pointed out that Gracyanne’s breasts have grown quite a bit over the course of her career; these observations surfaced on more than one occasion. Despite not addressing these claims, Barbosa has made it pretty obvious that this wasn’t her only procedure, as other than breast enlargement, she also had several buttock lifts and rhinoplasties.
Given the fact that she also became much heavier and bigger and recent years, various fitness experts began suggesting that Gracyanne was taking steroids. This is not unusual for Instagram fitness stars, but because she’s not a competitor, we will never find out whether this allegation is true or not.
Net Worth: How Rich is Gracyanne Barbosa?
Have you ever wondered how affluent Gracyenne Barbosa really is? According to several credible sources, she has a net worth of over $600,000, as of mid-2019, accumulated by working on her dancing skills for more than two decades. Upon achieving national fame as a dancer, she slowly entered the fitness industry, both as an athlete and as an entrepreneur. If she continues to harbor such an enviable work ethic, we will surely see her net worth rise in the near future.
Social Media Presence
Thanks to the ever expanding grasp that social media has on worldwide audiences, it is in the best interests of most celebrities to keep their fans informed about their activities and thus sustain and potentially increase their ratings and profit.
Gracyanne herself is no stranger to this popular trend, as her dedication to posting updates on her public profiles and engaging with her fans is at an all-time high. On Instagram, she has 7.9 million followers, and Twitter also has a special place in Barbosa’s heart, as she uses it to interact with her 230,000 fans.
A key part of Gracyanne’s popularity lies in her motivational skills. Every social media post of hers involves a lengthy description about how to deal with problems in life and how to become a better person. Therefore, her content isn’t purely promotional. Using social media as a platform, she changed many lives with her positive message.