Note from BW of Brazil: Last Saturday, one of Bahia’s most important black cultural organizations, Ilê Aiyê, crowned one of fifteen contestants competing for the title of Ebony Queen/Ebony Goddess of 2015. As we have featured for the past four years, we continue coverage of this important event in recognition of black women in 2016. We presented the winner here, but in this post we allow all of the contestants to shine!
Meet the candidates for Rainha do Ébano do Ilê Aiyê (Ebony Queen of Ilê Aiyê)
Ilê Aiyê’s choice for the Ebony Queen of 2016 happened last Saturday night in Senzala do Barro Preto (Salvador, Bahia), with the mission of bringing to the public all charm and consciousness that black women need to raise their self-esteem and critical census. Meet the 15 candidates for the top post of the bloco afro.
Participants were selected from 50 women in December 2015.
On January 16th, 15 candidates competed for the title of “Ebony Goddess of 2016”, in Salvador. Considered the biggest black beauty pageant in the country, the party will elect for the 37th time the Queen of Ilê Aiyê, the Carnival bloco with over 40 years of history.
The 12 candidates who competed for the title were chosen on the 15th of December, among 50 candidates who participated in the pre-selection.
The final show will take place in the Senzala of Barro Preto, headquarters Ilê Aiyê in Ladeira do Curuzu. The event is known as the Night of the Black Beauty of Ilê Aiyê. To register for the show, the candidates should be aged between 18 and 30 years, in addition to have an identity with the Carnival guild.
According to organizers, the “Ebony Goddess” has the mission of bringing to the public the charm and consciousness that black that the black women needs in order to raise their self-esteem and critical census.
In 2015, the winner of the show was a physical education teacher Alexandra Amorim, who took part in the competition for the fourth time. The Ebony Goddess parades especially during Carnival, represents Ilê Aiyê at social events and integrates its entourage on trips and tours in and outside of Brazil.