Brazilian model and actress Fernanda Lima is used to turning heads. And on Friday, she'll be the focus of the entire globe as she headlines the World Cup 2014 post-draw entertainment from Costa do Sauipe, Brazil.
The World Cup draw is the final major event before next June's opening ceremonies and will determine the eight four-team groups set to kick off action in Brazil next summer.
According to FIFA.com, Lima will join forces with a "star-studded team" of entertainers that includes her well-known husband, Rodrigo Hilbert, as FIFA and Brazil look to provide the rest of the world with a preview of what's to come next summer. But while big names in Brazilian music such as Margareth Menezes, Olodum and Emicida will certainly capture attention, it'll be the stunning Lima who steals the show on Friday.
As a model, actress and television hostess, the 36-year-old has already gained invaluable experience for the crucial role she'll play Friday. So before you jump to any conclusions, she's much more than just a pretty face.
What's more, Lima will be working with a very familiar partner in Hilbert. The famous couple has worked together in the past, hosting the World Cup 2014 Official Emblem launch event in South Africa in 2010.
Keep in mind that Lima was also on hand for the World Cup 2014 Preliminary Draw in Brazil back in 2011. Therefore, Friday's football spectacle will be nothing new for the charming South American entertainer.
While Lima admits she's no football "expert," she's clearly a credible host who has developed an understanding of the game over the years, per FIFA.com:
When I present major events like this, even when it’s on TV, I don’t think about the size of the audience. We’re used to performing in front of lots of people, but I prefer not to think about it so I don’t get nervous. I just try to focus on communicating to the audience to make sure I don’t mess up! At the moment I’m immersed in shooting the TV programme Amor & Sexo (Love and Sex). As soon as I’m done with that, I’ll be familiarising myself with the script. I like football, but I admit I’m not an expert, like Rodrigo, who loves it.
From 1990 onwards I’ve always closely watched it as a fan. And the 2002 World Cup was special, because as well as Brazil winning for the fifth time, it was when I started dating Rodrigo. He had a bar with a big screen and we watched the games together, completely enraptured.
Remember, Friday's draw is Brazil's final opportunity to showcase its culture to the world before the tournament kicks off on June 12. Consequently, Lima is the ideal messenger for the proud host nation.
With hundreds of millions of people from across the globe set to tune in for Friday's World Cup 2014 draw and the post-draw entertainment, the experienced and absorbing Lima is sure to steal the show as she headlines a talented group of entertainers who will look to provide the rest of the world with a taste of what's to come next summer.
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