De Hilster's choice to represent Carnaval's 2003 theme is celebrated samba dancer Valeria Valenssa.She
husband, Hans Donner, will serve as grand marshals of the event's parade.Valenssa
, known as Globeleza, is admired in Brazil for her
physical assets, boundless energy, inner-strength and down-to-earth persona.She
also is considered the muse of Brazilian Carnaval and has inspired countless paintings.
"I" m simple and personable," said Valenssa
, who began her
career competing in beauty pageants at the age of 19."I attempt to be as real as possible and create intimate friendships with my public.I have to be real and true."'
One way in which Valenssa
connects with her
fans is by teaching samba, the national dance of Brazil.She
says it's an easy dance to learn, but does require that a person has some sense of rhythm."You can" t be shy with samba," Valenssa
fit the bill and I believe having her
here is going to make quite an impact."'