NOTE: When the article below was first posted, I had no idea it would attract so many Carmen Miranda searches. In response, I’ve created the above bio.
Carmen has been honoured in various ways over the years. Her hand prints are in the Hollywood Walk of Fame, a square in that town is named after her, she was pictured on a US stamp in 2011, and there’s a memorabilia museum in Rio de Janeiro. Photos, cartoons and figurines of her are pursued as collectibles, and Carmen Miranda costumes are in continual demand from fancy-dress outlets. But do the borrowers really know who she was?
Miranda's Hollywood image was one of a generic Latinness that blurred the distinctions between Brazil, Portugal, Argentina, and Mexico as well as between samba, and . It was carefully stylized and outlandishly flamboyant. She was often shown wearing platform sandals and towering headdresses made of fruit, becoming famous as "the lady in the tutti-frutti hat." Miranda's enormous, fruit-laden hats are iconic visuals recognized around the world. These costumes led to developing a line of turbans and jewelry inspired by Carmen Miranda in 1939. Many costume jewelry designers made fruit jewelry also inspired by Carmen Miranda which is still highly valued and collectible by vintage and antique costume jewelry collectors. Fruit jewelry is still popular in jewelry design today. Much of the fruit jewelry seen today is often still called "Carmen Miranda jewelry" because of this.