Friday, July 16, 2010
Larissa Mabel Riquelme Frutos, usually known as Larissa Riquelme (born February 22, 1985 in Asuncion, Paraguay) is a Paraguayan model and actress at the city theater in the Paraguayan capital Asuncion. As of 2010, she is the best-paid model in Paraguay.
A famous model and actress in Paraguay, Riquelme rose to international prominence during the 2010 FIFA World Cup.
A supporter of both the Paraguay national football team and the club Cerro Porteño, she was first pictured in international media celebrating a goal during the game between Paraguay and Italy with her Nokia mobile phone between her breasts (reportedly as part of a promotion for a mobile phone company).
Riquelme is the face of the deodorant brand Axe in Paraguay and at a later Paraguay game in the World Cup she was also seen with the word "Axe" written on her chest as advertising for the deodorant brand.
After becoming one of the most searched-for persons on the Internet, she was named "World Cup's Girlfriend" by Marca, the largest Spanish sports newspaper.
She was also described as the most famous fan of the World Cup.
Following her rise to fame, and after Argentinian coach Diego Maradona promised to run naked through Buenos Aires if Argentina won the World Cup, Riquelme matched the offer and promised that she would run naked (wearing only body paint in the colors of Paraguay) through Asuncion if Paraguay won the World Cup, or even if they reached the semi-finals by beating Spain.
Paraguay eventually lost its match against Spain, but Riquelme announced that she would fulfill her promise anyway.
Apart from modeling and acting, Riquelme has also participated in Bailando por un Sueno, the Paraguayan version of Dancing with the Stars.