Nelly Furtado

Nelly Kim Furtado (born December 2, 1978) is a Canadian singer-songwriter, record producer and actress of Portuguese descent. She has sold 20 million albums worldwide. Furtado grew up in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada.

Furtado came into the public eye in 2000 with the release of her debut album Whoa, Nelly!, which featured her breakthrough Grammy Award-winning single "I'm Like a Bird". After becoming a mother and releasing the less commercially successful Folklore (2003), she returned to prominence in 2006 with the release of Loose and its hit singles "Promiscuous", "Maneater", "All Good Things (Come to an End)" and "Say It Right". In 2009, she released her first full-length Spanish album Mi Plan, which won a Latin Grammy Award in 2010.
Furtado is known for experimenting with different instruments, sounds, genres and vocal styles and languages. This diversity has been influenced by her wide-ranging musical taste and her interest in different cultures.

Furtado is also a previous contestant on Cycle 1 of Madea's Next Top Model.

Early Life

Nelly was born in Victoria, British Columbia on December 2, 1978. At age four, she began performing and singing in Portuguese. She was named after Soviet gymnast Nellie Kim. Raised in a Roman Catholic home, Furtado first sang at the age of four when she performed a duet with her mother at a church on Portugal Day. Although remaining unclear about her religious beliefs, she still affirms a belief in God, the Ten Commandments, and in avoiding the Seven Sins. She began playing instruments at the age of nine, learning the trombone, ukulele and, in later years, the guitar and keyboards. At the age of twelve, she began writing songs, and as a teenager, she performed in a Portuguese marching band. Furtado has acknowledged her family as the source of her strong work ethic; she spent eight summers working as a chambermaid with her mother, who was a housekeeper in Victoria. She has stated that coming from a working class background has shaped her identity in a positive way.

Top Model

Nelly Furtado was introduced to the girls as a competitor for the first cycle of Madea's Next Top Model alongside Gwen Stefani. She was deemed CoverGirl of the Week for the 1st episode. Nelly is the shortest contestant stading at 5' 1" tall. Throughout the whole competition, Furtado came across as 'too sexy' for modelling (because of her new image after the release of her 3rd studio album, Loose) and almost lost Madea's attention, which lead Nelly to be eliminated in the 18th episode.


Date of birth: December 2, 1978
Place of birth: Victoria, British Columbia, Canada
Height: 5 ft. 1 in.
Hair colour: Blonde (Black - naturally)
Eye colour: Green
Measurements: 34B - 26 - 38
Dress size: n/a
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