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Category Archives: Miss Brasil

For the second year in a row, a black woman is crowned Miss Brasil! More black women have earned the title in the past two years than the previous 61!


Note from BW of Brazil: What the….?!?!?! How did this contest creep up on me and I didn’t even see it? I have to admit, when I received this news … Continue reading

August 22, 2017 · 2 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

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, yesterday … 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

Deise Nunes


Deise Nunes is the first and only Brazilian woman of visible African descent to win the Miss Brasil pageant (1986). While Brazil has for many years proclaimed itself to be … Continue reading

November 19, 2011 · Leave a comment

Deise Nunes


Deise Nunes is the first and only Brazilian woman of visible African descent to win the Miss Brasil pageant (1986). While Brazil has for many years proclaimed itself to be … Continue reading

November 19, 2011 · 1 Comment