Black Women of Brazil

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Category Archives: European standard of beauty

“She has the face of a maid”: Black Miss Brasil suffers verbal offenses, but this has nothing to with race, right?


Note from BW of Brazil: In reality, there’s really nothing to see here. It’s just Brazil being Brazil. We’ve seen this time and time again so I’m not posting today’s … Continue reading

August 24, 2017 · 3 Comments

School is accused of racism after communicating that it requests students with ‘straight hair’ for a presentation


Note from BW of Brazil: Racism in Brazil just goes on and on and on…Need another example? As if we haven’t presented enough over the past four years, here we … Continue reading

December 3, 2015 · Leave a comment

The rejection of kinky/curly hair: In video, black children make fun of black hair while Neymar spends R$7,000 per month to straighten and care for his


Note from BW of Brazil: A few weeks ago, I happened to come across a video circulating around social networks. In the clip entitled ‘Menina do cabelo duro’ (Hard-haired girl) … Continue reading

May 12, 2015 · 5 Comments

50 Shades of Beige: Why does Brazil’s cosmetics market ignore dark skin tones?


Note from BW of Brazil: This is yet another facet of the “we’re all equal” ideology that is so pervasive in Brazil. We’ve touched on topic of today’s posts in … Continue reading

April 28, 2015 · Leave a comment

In Brazilian commercials, only little white girls with straight hair can be ‘princesses’


Note from BW of Brazil: Here at BW of Brazil we consistently demonstrate the obsession with whiteness in Brazil’s media. But sometimes one has to step back and literally observe … Continue reading

April 13, 2015 · 3 Comments

Becoming a black woman: an identity in process


Note from BW of Brazil: If you have followed this blog for any amount of time you’ve probably noticed that the question of identity is something discussed frequently here. That’s … Continue reading

July 31, 2013 · 7 Comments

Women’s magazine and stylist speak out against accusations of racism in the use of scouring pad hair as an homage to blacks; protesters denounce the defense


Ronaldo Fraga at the end of his runway parade on Tuesday, March 19th (Photo: Getty Images)   Note from BW of Brazil: Yesterday, the the blogosphere and social media were fire … Continue reading

March 21, 2013 · Leave a comment