When Brazilians were given a chance to describe their skin color, they came up with 136 shades and variations. The survey was done in 1976 by the Brazilian Institute of Geography and Statistics, and was published again in a 2011 Congressional document titled: The Constitutional Commission on Justice and Citizenship.

The list illustrates how Brazilians see themselves, a far more complex color system than simply black or white. These English translations were published by the website Africa Is A Country:

See the full list and chose your Brazilian colour.

Many our volunteers in Brazil changed their skin colour might change from “Alva” (snowy-white) to “Quase-negra” (almost black)!

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