Miss Panama: How a Black woman made history in Panama

Miss Panama: How a Black woman made history in Panama

Gloria Karamanites became the first Black woman to be crowned Miss Panama in 1980.

On the verge of winning the crown, pageant officials orchestrated a last-minute manoeuvre to obstruct her path to victory, by demanding that she answer an obscure legal question.

Gloria was forced to confront systemic racism but her Afro-Panamanian community rallied around their “Queen” to defend her efforts to represent their country.

A film by Lamar Bailey Karamanites, David Felix Sutcliffe and Pascale Boucicaut