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Raissa Santana, 21, becomes second black woman crowned Miss Brasil in the competition’s 62-year history

HISTORY: Raissa Santana

    HISTORY: Raissa Santana

RAISSA SANTANA has become the second black woman to be crowned Miss Brasil in the competition’s 62-year history.

The 21-year-old from Parana, told judges she wanted to “break the 30 year fast” since the last black Miss won the beauty contest.

The first black winner was Deise Nunes in 1986.

In a recent interview, Denise said she was pleased with the involvement of black candidates in the competition and hoped that the public would recognise the beauty of the participants.

“Certainly, the reception is more open,” she said. “This opens doors for them and, if one is elected, it is important that she in fact embraces the cause of negritude and always fights for respect, opportunity and space.”

In her last posting on Instagram before the contest, Raissa made it clear that being Miss Brasil was more than a dream for her. “I can’t imagine my future, I don’t know what God has for me. What happened to me today were things that I confess to be beyond (my) dreams. I thank all of you who are living in mine and my dreams,” she said.

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