In our ongoing series entitled “Faces of Afro-Brazil” this young lady is from the city of Montes Claros, in the state of Minas Gerais. Although when most people think of Brazil they tend to think of Rio de Janeiro, São Paulo and increasingly Bahia, Minas Gerais shouldn’t be slept on. Here are a few facts….
Minas Gerais is one of the 26 states of Brazil, ranks as the second most populous, the third by Gross Domestic Product (GDP) and the fourth largest by area in the country. The state’s capital and largest city, Belo Horizonte, is a major urban and finance center in Latin America, and is the sixth largest urban agglomeration in Brazil, after the cities of São Paulo, Rio de Janeiro, Salvador, Brasilia and Fortaleza, but its metropolitan area is the third largest in Brazil with just over 5,500,000 inhabitants, after those of São Paulo and Rio de Janeiro. Minas Gerais is the Brazilian state with the largest number of Presidents of Brazil; Brazil’s current president, Dilma Rousseff, having been born in Belo Horizonte, is one of them. Source