I felt seen. Seems like America is ready, after all. So, of course, the excitement on social media following Garris' historic win was almost palpable. Think of all the beauty history missed because it confined the word for the world.
Miss Alabama Teen USA - Miss Alabama USA/Teen USA Pageants
Vanessa Williams became the first black woman to win the Miss America title in Last week, for the first time, black women wore the crowns of all three major pageants simultaneously. The three wins have become a powerful symbol of how much American views on beauty have evolved from a past marred by racism and gender stereotypes, even as black women leaders are still severely underrepresented in other fields, like corporate America or in Congress. Franklin said on Saturday.
Kaliegh Garris' Miss Teen USA Win Is a Win For Black Women Everywhere
Let that sink in. Cheslie, Nia and Kaliegh's recent achievement is even wilder considering it's been 36 years since Vanessa Williams became the first-ever black contestant to win the Miss America pageant in And, while the pageant world has made leaps and bounds in terms of progress, it's about time that there is equal representation for all!
The Charlotte, NC native is also a former record-setting Division I athlete whose passions include blogging about workplace style at White Collar Glam and volunteering at Dress For Success to supply low-income women with professional attire. Fun fact: Her mom also won Mrs. During Nia's freshman year of undergrad, her father was diagnosed with non-Hodgkins lymphoma. After suffering two relapses years later, he received a stem cell donation from Nia and has since been in remission.