Star of the Brazilian telenovela Xica da Silva; she became the first dark-skinned female lead in 2004.
She was given her first telenovela role at 17 in the telenovela Xica da Silva.
She was cast as Preta in Da Cor do Pecado in 2004, becoming the first black actress to lead the cast of a Brazilian telenovela.
Her sister Cláudia Araújo became a doctor.
She and Juliana Paes both became popular soap opera actresses from Brazil.