The celebration of Black identity and black beauty in Brazil, a country that has the second largest population of black people besides the African continent, has become the order of the day within the past couple of years.
Most recently Weudson Ribeiro, a 24-year-old journalist and political scientist based in Brasília released a photo essay featuring candid shots of black women in Brazil. The project which he named, “Superafro: O poder da mulher negra” or “Superafro: BLACK GIRL POWER,” showcases women in Brazil who are proud of their blackness.
He is the only son of mixed-race parents, and says that for a long time he struggled with “understanding and accepting my own blackness.”
“It’s a problem that affects the vast majority of Brazilians as a result of our highly mixed ethnic backgrounds,” Ribeiro told The Huffington Post.
To combat this problem, he took to the streets of Brasília two years ago. He said he would strike up conversations with Afro-Brazilian women and ask to take their portraits. “[I] pretty much approach anyone who seems friendly. If they’re interested, I proceed to send them copies of the material. Otherwise, I move on. The pictures on the blog are mostly of strangers I’d just met.”
Check out more of the beautiful photos below.