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Note from BW of Brazil: Well now, today we have a little good news as well as more of the same ole which actually negative. Of course, from the title of today’s article and the photo you must be wondering, how is it that an Afro-Brazilian woman can win a contest and this be seen as negative? Well, before we get to that, congratulations are in order to Deise D’Anne who was crowned Miss Maranhão and will represent her state in the Miss Brasil competition later this year. The same ole, same ole/negative comes in the fact that the representation in the Miss Maranhão contest was reminiscent of what happened in Bahia a few years ago but worse!
You see, Maranhão and Bahia are two Brazilian states with the largest percentages of afrodescendentes (African descendants) in the country. In the 2010 census, both states registered 76% of its inhabitants as being preto or pardo, which combined is considered the Afro-Brazilian population. Bahia is considered the African center of the country due to its large black population and cultural connections to Africa but in the Miss Bahia contest of 2014 , only one-fourth of the women looked as if they had any genetic connections with Africa. The same thing happened in Bahia in 2013! No here comes Maranhão. Although Deise D’Anne won the contest, according to the TNM (Todos Negros do Mundo) website, D’Anne was the only black woman among the contestants – all 27 of them! Deise is the third black woman to claim the title of Miss in her particular state after Emille Fernanda Costa took the crown in Tocantins in February and Sabrina Paiva was named Miss São Paulo. And just to understand the significance of this, Brazil has only had one black Miss Brasil winner in over 60 years of contests!
Another one! New Miss Maranhão increases the chance of a black Miss Brasil
This past Tuesday ended differently for the young maranhense (native of the state of Maranhão) Deise D’anne. The 25-year old Physical Education student that stands 1.75 in height, arrived at the Arthur Azevedo theater as one of 27 candidates and came out as the Miss Maranhão 2016.
Deise, representing the city of Santo Amaro is a professional model and was the only black woman among the 27 candidates, despite the large number of black people in the state of Maranhão.
Deise D`anne will represent Maranhão in the Miss Brasil 2016 contest, which will be held on October 1 at CitiBank Hall, in São Paulo. She will not be alone representing blackness as recently the beautiful Sabrina Paiva of the São Paulo city of Caconde was elected Miss São Paulo and is a strong candidate to take the title. There still remain some states to elect their Misses, we cheer to have more representation and to increase the chances in the Miss Brasil.
See the girl’s photo gallery. Does anyone doubt that she deserved it?
Source: Todos Negros do Mundo
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