YEEEEEEESSSSSSSS! 🙌 Congratulations to Natali Vitoria Lima, on winning the Miss Roraima 2019 state pageant in Brazil. 👑 The veterinary medical student was previously Miss Brazil Teen Universe 2017. If our records are correct, then she's the first BPQ to join the Miss Brazil 2019 class. Parabens, Natali! 👏 @natalivitoria
Natali's main inspiration to vie for the title was Raissa Santana, Miss Brazil 2016 & the first black woman in 30 years to win the national title. Natali writes: "Thank you, Raissa, for planting in our hearts the hope & dream that the black woman's voice can also be heard. Thank you for teaching us that 'better than being beautiful is to feel beautiful". Thank you for being a woman who inspires not just me but every girl who dreams of becoming a Miss." 😆
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pep talk! Natali also cites former Miss Universes Janelle Commissiong (1977), Wendy Fitzwilliam (1998), Mpule Kwelagobe (1999), & Leila Lopes (2011) as role models: "The color of the skin didn't make them stop following their dreams, nor did they feel less than anyone else. It wasn't an obstacle such that they stopped believing in how strong they were and that they could reach high places. Even today, they are references and inspirations for thousands of women in the world. We men and women need only this: to believe that we are strong, that we are capable of overcoming any difficulty. It's not the color of the skin, nor hair style, much less your way of acting, that will define your strength or capacity and who you truly are! Look at yourself. If you find yourself beautiful, put a smile on your face and convince yourself no obstacle can make you not reach where you want to be. Smile, live, feel, dream, inspire! There are people around you who also need you as inspiration. Be the change in the world ❤️!"
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