Ana Paula da Silva (who like a Brazillian soccer player also calls herself “Paulinha”) made global headlines recently with her choice of outfit for an important political occasion. As possibly the world’s only regular political fashion column, we simply could not resist reviewing the style sensibilities of this fearless Brazilian politician.

First, here’s what happened.

As a recently elected member of the Santa Catarina state legislative assembly, da Silva attended her swearing-in ceremony on February 1st. She chose to wear an outfit with an unusually revealing neckline. The result? Much of the Brazilian population (and a good chunk of the rest of the world) pretty much lost it.

Although well-known for its Mardi Gras debauchery and beach-side party scene, Brazil remains a society with socially conservative tendencies. In the last week Paulinha has endured thousands of abusive tweets and Facebook posts.

Instead of being cowed by the uproar, da Silva has fought back.

“The participation of the woman in society must be tiny if a single bit of cleavage can get such a huge response,” she said. “But I will continue to wear what I like. I do not intend to be untrue myself to please anyone else.”

The 43 year old is now suddenly famous for her wardrobe choices, but she actually has a very successful track-record as a local politician in Santa Catarina.

She was twice elected mayor of Bombinhas, a city 70 kilometers from the state capital Florianópolis. She was once voted the best mayor in Santa Catarina, and the fifth best mayor in all of Brazil. In the recent Santa Catarina legislative elections she ranked fifth overall in number of votes received (out of 40 legislators elected) and is one of only five women deputies in the chamber.

Impressed as we are with her political record, we’re even more impressed with her ability to use fashion to make a global impact. Here is our tribute to this particularly fearless politician and fashionista!

The red plunging neckline

 

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Da Silva brought all of Brazil to a screeching halt with this daring red outfit. The more socially conservative members of the public were outraged, and these were not only men. Many women have called her fashion choice “vulgar” and “shocking.” But Paulinha and her supporters say women should be doing and wearing whatever they want (as men have been doing for centuries now).

There can a thin line between daring fashion and inappropriate dressing, and da Silva may have crossed it in the eyes of many. But Ana Paula da Silva is one who is happy sometimes to disrupt conventions as long as she’s doing her job. “This macho and prejudiced world you live in is not mine,” was her response to the situation.

 

Stripes are fun

 

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The former mayor of Bombinhas does have a strong personal sense of fashion. When she’s not being the center of media attention around the world, da Silva loves flaunting the latest trends. An off-the-shoulder stripped dress is a piece every lady should have this season. What’s even better, the controversial politician paired hers with chic pointed boots in a camel color. This outfit is proof that the Brazilian politician has a much more playful side that treats fashion in a grounded and secure way.

 

Ana Paula da Silva and her daring suits

 

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The swearing-in ceremony was not the first time that this state representative donned a daring suit choice. This all-white ensemble is very chic, but also has a sultry vibe to it. Instead of wearing it with a button-up shirt or a tee like most ladies would do, she paired her classic white blazer and pants with a lace bralette which shows an impressive amount of bare skin. Let’s not forget about the trendy accessories that complete the look, especially the oversized silver bangle.

 

Sunshine yellow

 

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When Paulinha spends time with friends, she takes off her power suits and puts on much more relaxed fashion choices. But nothing will prevent the former mayor of Bombinhas from flaunting her physique, this time with a vibrant yellow crop top. She added some elegance to the look with a long pleated multicolored skirt.

 

Sometimes she keeps it simple

 

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Ana Paula da Silva is revolutionary – not only as a politician, but also because she never follows the rules set by men. The representative worked her Canadian tuxedo in the coolest way, while also giving a sneak peek of her abs once again. Another thing we love about her style is that she never forgets to accessorize. Viva a Paulhina!

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