The Brazilian singer and performer Carmen Miranda was one of the highest-earning women in Hollywood in the 1940s. She was known for her extravagant costumes, beautiful voice, and radiating performances. With her unusual clothing and latin accent, her character represented a kind of stereotype of an exotic woman from Latin America. Nick-named as "The Brazilian Bombshell", Carmen Miranda was particularly known for her signature fruit hat outfit she wore in many films.
The fruit becomes a symbol for femininity and sensuality when it is repeatedly presented in the context of Carmen Miranda. It becomes the sign for the exotic, feminine, and sensuous Other. In my photographs inspired by Carmen Miranda I play with the notions of femininity and seductiveness, the beauty and the grotesque.