Brazil’s First Dark Skin Carnival Queen Stripped of Title

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Brazil is known to the world as having the largest African descent population behind the mother land of Africa. But as with other countries Brazil has a serious inner racism problem amongst it’s people.

Fair skin is considered favorable in Brazil and the darker you are the less important you are in many Brazilians eyes.

Even the media shows persistent racism in South America, as they lack inspiring images of darker skinned men and women.

Recently, Nayara Justino won the title of the Globeleza carnival queen in 2013.

The Carnival festival is very big around the world, especially in Brazil and Globo is the biggest TV network in the country. Each year Globo names it’s Carnival Queen.

Related: The Misconception Of A Dark Skinned Woman In A Light Skin World

The dark and beautiful Nayara Justino, who is an actress and dancer was stripped of her title recently claiming she was too black. The nightmare began, when threats started rolling in and the racism increased.

Justino was interviewed by the Guardian, where she details what she went through after winning the crown and being named Globeleza. She says she’s been called everything from monkey to darkie.

She then goes to say “Black people in Brazil are ashamed of being Black,” Neusa Borges, a Black actress explains in the video. “There are very few who will stand up and say, ‘I am Black.’”

As a result of the backlash, Justino was stripped of her title without much notice. “They called me and said, ‘You’re not going to be Globeleza anymore. Thanks for your participation,’” she recalls.

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