Raissa Santana made Brazilian history as the first black woman to be crowned Miss Brazil in the last 30 years. The last time a black woman was crowned Ms. Brazil was in 1986.
“I’m very emotional. This here is a mixture of great emotions,” Santanna said.
“I didn’t expect to win this title, but I am very happy to have won this title and to represent Black beauty and encourage girls who have the dream of having something, to conquer, to be a model, to be a Miss… Now I want to encourage these girls and show them that they can,” she added.
Although 54 percent of the Brazilian population identifies as black or multiracial, the country has struggled with diversity and representation in its media, according to Plus55.com. Santana will now compete in the Miss Universe pageant in January 2017.