Black Women of Brazil

The site dedicated to Brazilian women of African descent

Category Archives: beauty contest

Gabrielly Louise is one of the 5 most beautiful women in the state of Ceará; but even in the region of the country with darker skin, white skin remains the preference


Note from BW of Brazil: Ya know, realistically, I think Afro-Brazilian women should simply stop competing in Brazil’s beauty contests. I mean, year after year it’s always the same thing. … Continue reading

July 28, 2017 · 4 Comments

The only black woman in this year’s Miss Brasil contest, Miss Federal District asks, “Who hasn’t suffered prejudice in Brazil?”


Note from BW of Brazil: So what else is new? For sixty plus years Brazil has crowned a Miss Brasil and only once has there been a woman of visible … Continue reading

November 22, 2015 · 2 Comments

Ana Luísa Castro becomes the second black woman to be crowned Miss World Brazil; loses her crown 24 hours later


Note from BW of Brazil: Well this story has got be sweet and bitter at the same time! Sweet because, as many of you know, Afro-Brazilian women have been routinely … Continue reading

June 29, 2015 · 46 Comments

“Goddess of Brazil” contest: black women shut out of the competition; all finalists blondes and brunettes


Note from BW of Brazil: When you look up the term “muse”, which is “musa” in Portuguese, the following definitions appear: 1) a woman, or a force personified as a … Continue reading

November 12, 2013 · 3 Comments

After controversy over lack of ethnic representation, a black woman is crowned Miss Bahia 2013; protests highlight the contradiction of race


Priscila Cidreira Santiago was elected Miss Bahia 2013 Note from BW of Brazil: Last week the blog covered the latest racial controversy coming out of Brazil concerning race and representation … Continue reading

May 27, 2013 · 7 Comments

Vera Lúcia Couto dos Santos: First black woman to win a major Brazilian beauty contest and represent the country in an international beauty pageant


There was an excitement in the air during the first semester of 1964, in the then newly created state of Guanabara. Where, for the first time, a black woman won … Continue reading

April 14, 2013 · 2 Comments

Karla Marques is elected “The Most Beautiful Black Woman of Amapá” on night of African music and rhythms


  by Agência Amapá To the sound of Amapá music and African rhythms, a part of the history of blacks in Brazil was told at the headquarters of the Black Culture … Continue reading

February 5, 2013 · 1 Comment