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Category Archives: Deise Nunes

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

Prejudice in Brazil: Three black women, a bisexual and a transsexual, all well-known, discuss experiences with bias


Fashion entrepreneur, Gabriele Benedetti brought the women together to discussion prejudice and the fight against racism and homophobia by Peter Willmersdorf     Before following the action on Ipanema Beach, … Continue reading

November 2, 2012 · 1 Comment

"In the midst of so many blondes, a black woman wins": Deise Nunes, the first and only black woman to ever win the Miss Brasil pageant


Deise Nunes Deise Nunes, crowned Miss Brazil in 1986, changed the concept of Miss winners in the country to put an end to the supremacy of blondes and brunettes. She … Continue reading

June 26, 2012 · 2 Comments

Silvia Novais, the Brazilian woman that won the Italia nel Mondo beauty contest encourages other black girls: “Never give up”!


Silvia Novais, 25, is a winner:  she was elected Miss Campinas and then Miss São Paulo of 2009 and is the current Miss Italia nel Mondo – a contest that chooses … Continue reading

May 27, 2012 · 2 Comments

Silvia Novais, the Brazilian woman that won the Italia nel Mondo beauty contest encourages other black girls: “Never give up”!


Silvia Novais, 25, is a winner:  she was elected Miss Campinas and then Miss São Paulo of 2009 and is the current Miss Italia nel Mondo – a contest that chooses … Continue reading

May 27, 2012 · 1 Comment