Miss America, Miss USA & Miss Teen USA Are All Black Women

For the first time Miss USA, Miss Teen USA, and Miss America have all crowned black women at the same time. In the 1920s pageants barred women of color from participating, Vanessa Williams was the first black Miss America in 1983 and the first black Miss USA was in 1990 and Miss Teen USA Janel Bishop was crowned in 1991.

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Cheslie Kryst, Miss USA 2019 has a law degree and MBA. Cheslie practices civil litigation for a law firm and helps prisoners who have been sentenced unjustly get reduced punishments free of charge


Kaliegh Garris, Miss Teen USA 2019 often talks about how confident she feels with her natural hair.


Nia Imani Franklin, Miss America 2019 works with Sing for Hope a non profit that helps people though the power of music. Nia Franklin an opera singer talks about how her love for art helped her feel positive about who she is.

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