Story By: William McGee, Sub-Editor: Joseph Golder, Agency: Newsflash
A glamorous young woman with 175K followers on Instagram, who got a job with the police through a positive-discrimination scheme aimed at black people has hit back at critics who accused her of being white.
Glaucielle “Glau” da Silva Dias, 29, who hails from the municipality of Santo Antonio de Padua, in the south-eastern Brazilian state of Rio de Janeiro, got the job with the police in the Brazilian capital, Brasilia, through a quota scheme for black people in 2018.
However, she was forced to defend herself after photos of her during the selection process, in which she appears black, and other photos in which she appears white went viral on social media.
In an almost 13-minute-long video posted to her Instagram page on 17th September, Ms Dias tearily denied ‘blacking up’ for the selection process to game the quota system.
She said: “My mother is black. My grandmother is black. All my family is black. All poor.”
Ms Dias claimed: “I have always suffered prejudice because of my appearance.”
She revealed she went through a period of anorexia when she was younger. She also underwent two surgeries on her nose and she straightened her curly hair.
Ms Dias told her followers that she handed in her resignation to the police force on 3rd September. She claimed she resigned to focus on her and her fiance’s business and denied she was dismissed because of the controversy.
Ms Dias’ lawyer, Rinaldo Mouzalas, also posted a public letter to his Instagram page on the same date, in which he claimed that the photos in which his client appears white were taken with “filters”.
Ms Dias uses her Instagram page to post glamorous photos of herself, often surrounded by family and friends, and snippets of advice and inspirational quotes to her 175K followers.
She also runs a slick website with her fiance featuring videos in which they offer advice on how to prepare for and get through selection processes.
The Centre for Selection and Promotion of Events at the University of Brasilia (Cebraspe), which ran the selection process Ms Dias passed, published in a letter: “Cebraspe stresses that it repudiates attempts at fraud that undermine the quota system for black people.”
The police have told local media that they are looking into the case.
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