Note from BW of Brazil: It’s not even surprising anymore but…Here we go again. Back in May, BW of Brazil covered a beauty contest in the northeastern state of Bahia in which only about 9 of 30 women could have been considered black or African descendant. As the latest census showed that the population of the state of Bahia is 76% Afro-Brazilian (pretos + pardos), 9 of 30 (or 30%) was an extreme under-representation of the state’s racial or color makeup. A black woman did eventually win and will represent her state in the next Miss Brazil competition.
Recently, photos of contestants who will dispute for the right to represent the state of São Paulo were released and…how should we say? The results shouldn’t surprise anyone. While the Afro-Brazilian population of the state of São Paulo is estimated to be about 27%, of the 30 contestants, only two could be immediately picked out as black women (possibly a third, but the photo makes it hard to tell), which means black women only represent 6.6% of the participants. There’s really no need to even make a comment that’s already been made on this blog about the gross under-representation of diversity. Just another example of what we call Brazil’s “dictatorship of whiteness.”
Besides the cities of Rifaina and Mogi Guaçu represented by Andrade and França, the other cities being represented in the contest are Carapibuíba, Jaguariúna, Marília, Diadema, Campinas, Cordeirópolis, Socorro, Francisco Morato, São Paulo, Sumaré, São Jose dos Campos, Ribeirão, Americana, Jacareí, Iracemápolis, Tapiratiba, São Jose do Rio Preto, Araras, Rio Claro, Indaiatuba, Leme, Jaú, Américo Brasiliense, Itu, Limeira, Santo André and Atibaia. Below are the other 28 candidates.