Note from BW of Brazil: It’s great to see Nayara Justino has been able to attract media coverage and her bout with depression has apparently ended. For those of you not familiar with her, Nayara was the woman who was selected at the end of 2013 to to hold the title and post of Globeleza, the official representative of the Globo TV network’s Carnaval season. Nayara was elected by TV viewers fair and square in a sort of reality show contest among a group of other contestants.
To signal the coming of the Carnaval season, Globo TV has featured a black Globeleza woman dancing the samba nearing completely nude in short televised vignettes for about 23 years and Nayara, the fourth woman to hold the title, was the first to earn the title by way of a contest. Unfortunately, troubles began almost immediately after Nayara’s video clips began to air on the network. She was soundly and brutally criticized by the public in ways that many argue showed the racist, color hierarchy that is dominant in Brazilian society. Nayara was dismissed from the post before even completing a year as the Globeleza which led to a bout with depression.
Black women activists have long rejected the representation of black women as the Globeleza woman as being highly racist, sexist and symbolic of the black woman’s place in the Brazilian imagination, but still rallied to her defense due to the cruel nature of how she was treated. Slowly, Justino picked herself up and began making public appearances again. Here, she is featured in a photo session with a popular singer from Angola!
Nayara Justino gets together with Angolan singer in campaign against prejudice
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Adi Cudz was in Rio de Janeiro and took pictures on the beach with the former Globeleza
Nayara Justino got together with Angolan singer Adi Cudz for sexy photos on a Rio de Janeiro beach. But calm down! She is married and the photo shoot is part of a campaign against racism.
Nayara, who was the Globeleza 2014 claimed to be the victim of prejudice and decided to pose next to Cudz to show the beauty of the black race. “People called me a macaca (monkey), when I went into stores people don’t help me, when my husband arrives, he white, people rush to serve him, then he says he’s with me. Throughout childhood I suffered with jokes related to my hair,” said Nayara.
The Angolan even said he was impressed with racism in Brazil. “When I got a taxi, I saw the boy opened the door for people to get in the car, he didn’t do the same for me. At the restaurant in Barra da Tijuca, I was standing at the door and no one served me, people arrived after me and were served. I had to go to reception to ask for service. Not to mention that when I arrived at the hotel they didn’t get my bags, they didn’t tend to me as they did other people. I never suffered this in Portugal,” he explained, who lives as much in the Portuguese capital, as in Angola.