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Afro-Brazilian Beauty Raissa Santana is Miss Brazil 2016

 For the second time in the Miss Brasil Pageant history, an Afro-Brazilian beauty won the coveted title of Miss Universe Brazil. Raissa Santana of Parana bested 27 other candidates in a pageant held on October 2nd, 2016.

Historically, Brazil regularly ignores black beauty at Miss Brasil pageant. First black Miss Brazil was Deise Nunes in 1986.

Raissa was born in Bahia but lives in Umuarama. This 21-year- old, 1.77 tall (5’9 1/2″) professional model and a marketing student will represent the Portuguese-speaking country in the upcoming Miss Universe 2016 set to be held in Manila, Philippines.

First Runner Up is Miss Rio Grande do Norte while Miss Maranhao is second runner- up
Brazil is one of the most successful countries in the Miss Universe pageant. Since 2011, the country has placed consistently at Miss Universe. In 2011, Priscila Machado represented Brazil in São Paulo at the Miss Universe 2011 pageant where she placed as the 2nd Runner Up; one of the highest placements ever. Then in 2012, Gabriela Markus was named the 4th Runner Up in Las Vegas during the Miss Universe 2012 pageant. The following year, Jakelyne Oliveira received the same placement. In 2014 and 2015 Melissa Gurgel and Marthina Brandt continued the placing streak by making the Top 15.

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