Note from BW of Brazil: How quickly things change! Often times when an article is considered for posting on this blog, I wait a few days to see if any new developments on the story come out. Often times this works out for the best. Well, sometimes for the worse. Today’s story is an example of this. The news of Juliana Oliveira’s victory in the recent Miss Bahia competition was to continue our ongoing coverage of a string of victories by black women in various state competitions, extending hope to the possibility that Brazil could crown the second black Miss Brasil in its 60 plus year history.
Ironically enough, the victory of a black woman in the state most recognized as the center of black culture in Brazil was already reason enough to celebrate as the state has been marred in controversy in recent years due to the huge representation of white women in the recent contests. But adding to the twists of this year’s competition comes the news that Oliveira recently had to give up her crown due to the discovery that she’s pregnant. A shame…Not the pregnancy, but the fact that she had to relinquish her crown. Well, at least another black woman ended up replacing her! Congratulations are in order for both ladies!
The first piece below is how the site Todos Negros do Mundo reported on her victory. The news of her giving up the crown is courtesy of Correio 24 Horas. Funny, this is the second we’ve covered a situation of a woman having to relinquish her crown due to a personal situation. The first was here.
Another one: Miss Brazil 2016 just got its fourth black competitor
Last weekend Brazil earned another great chance to have a black Miss Brasil. This time the winner came out of that which should be the most likely state of all, you should have a black Miss. It should. Last year and in many others it wasn’t like this, the Misses were white. But now, finally, it happened.
Last year, the girl took the title of Miss Simpatia (Miss Congeniality) to be among the five finalists in the contest and it was the first time she participated in the contest. This year, Miss Mata de São João, Juliana Oliveira, 26 and 1.73m (5’8″) tall, won the crown after defeating 700 other candidates registered and 20 finalists. The final took place at Casa Salvatore, in Cabula, a neighborhood of (the capital city of) Salvador.
All very good, there is no doubt that the young woman was worthy. I mean, for some time now. As we are in the most racist country in the world, as incredible as it may seem, there were people who didn’t agree that a NEGRA has been elected Miss in the estado mais negro (blackest state) in Brazil. Even Paraná, a state where the proportion of blacks is infinitely smaller compared to Bahia, elected a black Miss, good. Behold that after the result of the competition, some saddened soul, lacking in solace, attention and love, created a Facebook page repudiating the outcome of the contest. The “forajuliana” (meaning, ‘get out Juliana’) had 356 followers by 9:30pm on Monday (1). Believe me, for the creators of this page, the BLACK girl does not represent Bahia. “There were more prepared, most beautiful and having the stereotype a Miss (branca, or white). This one was chosen to disadvantage the state,” the man came to write.
Disadvantage the state?? What the fuck????
The Miss reported that she denounced the page as soon as she learned of the existence and asked friends and acquaintances to do the same. Probably the complaints produced results because thus Thursdays night the page was not found. Nevertheless, there are many protests on social networks repudiating the girl’s win.
In Juliana Oliveira’s video for the event, for example, there are more descurtidas (dislikes) than curtidas (likes), curiously. I wonder why?
The few people who commented on the video, made them only to question the victory of the model in the contest.
Juliana Oliveira reinforces the team of black women who will be competing in the Miss Brasil in 2016, increasing considerably the chances of having finally a black Miss Brasil. Recently the beautiful Deise D’anne emerged victorious and will represent the state of Maranhão. Raíssa Santana left Bahia and went on to win in Paraná. Sabrina Paiva, of the São Paulo city of Caconde, was elected Miss São Paulo and is a strong candidate to take the national title. There are still some states remaining to elect their Misses, and we cheer so that we still have more representation, so that the chances increase in the Miss Brasil 2016 and that a black woman finally win the passport to competing in the Miss Universe.
Now, if a black woman can’t be Miss in Bahia, where else could she be?
Ahh yeah, I understand. In fact it couldn’t be.
Take a look at some of the girl’s photos and see who’s right?
Congratulations Juliana Oliveira!!
Miss Bahia loses victory sash due to pregnancy and representative of Salvador assumes post
Victória Esteves took second place in the regional stage and will compete in the Miss Brasil in São Paulo
Elected Miss Bahia in 2016 representing Mata de São João (city) Juliana Oliveira will no longer defend the post in the national competition. She discovered that she is pregnant and gave up her sash. Instead, the representative of Salvador, Victória Esteves, who was second in the regional competition, will fill the vacancy and compete in the Miss Brasil in October, in São Paulo. The announcement was made by the Miss Bahia organization on social networks.