Black Women of Brazil

The site dedicated to Brazilian women of African descent

After accusation of racism, Fashion Rio will request more black models on the catwalk


Note from BW of Brazil: The fight to continue to the “blackout” of Brazil’s major fashion shows continues. While Brazilian elites continuously proclaim pride in the nation’s ethnic diversity, the … Continue reading

November 8, 2013 · Leave a comment

After historic demonstrations, Brazil’s president meets with 19 black organizations to discuss policies to advance racial equality


Note from BW of Brazil: After the massive protests that took Brazil’s leaders by surprise in June, and a subsequent drop in approval ratings, President Dilma Rouseff has been meeting … Continue reading

July 22, 2013 · Leave a comment

Why 300,000 Brazilians took to the streets; but where are the black protesters?


Note from BW of Brazil: In the past week, protests, huge crowds and police violence coming out of various cities around Brazil have grabbed headlines around the world and have … Continue reading

June 19, 2013 · Leave a comment

"When I discovered I was black", by Bianca Santana


by Bianca Santana I have been black for less than a year. Before, I was morena. My color was practically a prank of the sun. I was a morena for the Catholic school … Continue reading

February 22, 2013 · 9 Comments

As preparation for 2016 Olympics continue, Brazil continues to deal with its slavery past


Facing up … the ethnic make-up of Brazil’s population has long been glossed over.  by Nicolas Bourcier Groundworks for the 2016 Olympics bring questions of ethnicity to the surface Just … Continue reading

November 23, 2012 · Leave a comment

Fashion Rio revives the discussion of racism in Brazil’s fashion shows


The Fashion Week in Rio de Janeiro was marked by the controversy of racism. During the opening of the 22nd edition of Fashion Rio for winter 2013, a group of demonstrators … Continue reading

November 15, 2012 · Leave a comment

Bare-breasted black models protest to publicize the lack of black models in Fashion Rio event


Protesters march at Fashion Rio event   In a gesture that is becoming as regular as the main event itself, black models organized a protest against under-representation at Fashion Rio’s … Continue reading

November 8, 2012 · 22 Comments