Julia Gama (27) from Porto Alegre (Rio Grande do Sul) was named Miss Brasil 2020 in a coronation ceremony that was streamed via digital platforms on Thursday, August 20.
Zozibini Tunzi, the reigning Miss Universe from South Africa, made the special announcement remotely, while last year’s winner Júlia Horta had the chance to do her farewell walk and pass her reign over to her successor.
The new Miss Brasil lived in China for the past three years where she worked as an actress and model. Her passion for sports since childhood helped develop her competitive spirit and quest for excellence.
After her stint at Miss World 2014 where she placed in the Top 10, Julia continues to dedicate herself to social causes such as advocating for the fight against Hansen’s disease.
In a post on social media, she explained how she spent the last six years evolving in pursuit of her dreams and encourage everyone to believe in their own because anything is possible.
“May the fulfillment of my dream be an example of everything that we can create for our lives. May it remind us that there is no shame in having ambition. That we were made for that. We are creators, not creatures. We were born to be giants. I have it all inside me and I know you have it inside you too,” she wrote.
Julia also expressed gratitude to those who supported her on this journey and that she is honored to commit to dedicating her days to representing Brazil in all its diversity.
The Miss Universe franchise for Brazil was recently acquired by Winston Ling for the newly-formed Miss Brasil Organization.
Due to time constraints amid the current pandemic, the team was not able to hold a national pageant and instead evaluated several candidates who could best represent the country at the 69th Miss Universe pageant to be held next year.
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