Black Women of Brazil

The site dedicated to Brazilian women of African descent

Successful model Samira Carvalho speaks on the “ethnic” label and being black in the modeling industry


  Note from BW of Brazil: Let’s be clear about something. Brazil doesn’t have a shortage of black models. And, according to the comments this blog receives, the country is … Continue reading

April 25, 2014 · 2 Comments

Neymar’s blond ambition and the question of racism, identity and marketability of black public figures


Three weeks ago, Brazil’s latest soccer sensation was at the center of another controversy in regards to the question of race. Santos soccer club/Brazilian national team superstar Neymar (da Silva … Continue reading

February 21, 2013 · 72 Comments

Inspired by Beyoncé, actress Roberta Rodrigues straightens her hair and goes blonde; says guys are crazy about her new look


Actress Roberta Rodrigues who first became famous in her role as Berenice in the 2002 hit film Cidade de Deus (City of God) has decided to go against the grain in the … Continue reading

January 20, 2013 · 4 Comments

Blond ambition: the Brazilian Media’s Manufacturing of the white woman as standard of beauty and the place of black women


Top row: Sabrina Sato, Luciana Gimenez, Angélica, Eliana Bottom row: Renata Fan, Amanda Françoso, Patrícia Poeta “In a society aesthetically governed by a white paradigm…the lightness or whiteness of the … Continue reading

December 6, 2012 · 16 Comments

Lucyana: What it means to be black – "many blacks grow up thinking that whites are synonymous with superiority"


Lucyana da Silva This commentary written by Lucyana da Silva from the city of Campos dos Goyatcazes in Rio de Janeiro state, is an example of why the Black Women … Continue reading

October 28, 2012 · 1 Comment

Why do black Brazilian men prefer blondes? Part 3 – “They are more beautiful, more seductive, more cultured", says one


Léo Moura of Flamengo, wife Camila This is part 3 of our series; see part 1 and part 2 “It is the blondes who prefer black men” With less reason but more emotion, … Continue reading

October 7, 2012 · 10 Comments