Miss USA, Miss Teen USA and Miss America are all black women for first time – NBC News

Miss USA, Miss Teen USA and Miss America are all black women for first time - NBC News

First time black women win all three biggest US pageants

The North Carolina lawyer completed the historic triple Thursday with pageant winners 2019 Miss America Nia Franklin and recently crowned 2019 Miss Teen USA Kaliegh Garris.

“The three young women who have focused their energy on demonstrating how standards of black beauty speak for American standards of beauty are to be commended,” said Thomas DeFrantz, a professor in the Department of African and African American Studies at Duke University.

Her statements run counter to those demonstrated by the pageant’s former owner, Donald Trump, who has defended many prominent men accused of sexual misconduct recently, saying “it’s a very scary time for young men in America.” Trump, of course, has also been accused of sexual misconduct himself by over a dozen women, boasted to Billy Bush of his tendency to grab women without consent and regaled Howard Stern and his listeners with stories of how he would intentionally barge in on Miss Teen USA contestants while they were undressing, a thing that reporters somehow never ask him about when he holds those weird press gaggles near Air Force One.

Black women make history winning all three biggest US beauty pageants

“These three standard-bearers prove that black beauty is at the heart of a 21st century American ideal,” he added.

Franklin, from New York, won her title in September in Atlantic City, New Jersey, becoming the first woman also to win the Miss America crown without having to don a swimsuit. Garris, from New Haven, Connecticut, won her crown in April, and hopes to become a trauma nurse.

“I don’t think these movements have gone too far,” Kryst said. “What #MeToo and #TimesUp are about are making sure that we foster safe and inclusive workplaces in our country. As an attorney, that’s exactly what I want to hear and what I want for this country. I think they’re good movements.”

Video: Miss USA, Miss Teen USA, and Miss America on making history

Kryst, a former Division I athlete and attorney at Poyner Spruill LLP in Charlotte, North Carolina, won her crown in Reno, Nevada. She holds an MBA from Wake Forest University.

Black women hold all three major US beauty pageant titles for first time in history

“Mine is the first generation to have that forward-looking mindset that has inclusivity, diversity, strength and empowered women. Im looking forward to continued progress in my generation,” said Kryst, after accepting her crown. She now advances to the Miss Universe competition.

"I don't think these movements have gone too far. What Me Too & Time's Up are about are making sure that we foster safe and inclusive workplaces … that's exactly what I want." pic.twitter.com/F7WpM959Xk

The oldest of the three is the Miss America pageant, which began in 1921, but women of color were barred from participating until the 1940s by a rule that said contestants must be of “the white race.” Frustration led to the creation of Miss Black America contest.

Quite a few trolls have taken to social media to denounce this achievement as another sign of political correctness run amok in America. Quite the opposite, all three ladies owned the stage at their competitions and were the best of the best. Each title was earned and each winner was the right choice. Wonderful women, all of them!

In 1970, Cheryl Browne became the first black woman to participate in the Miss America pageant. Since then, more than a dozen black women have been named either Miss America or Miss USA, including actress Vanessa Williams, the first-ever black Miss America in 1983.

Until the 1940s, Miss America barred women not of “the white race” from participating. Despite later changes to the rules, a black woman did not participate in Miss America until 1970.

Americas 3 major 2019 pageant winners are black women: A win for black girls, too

The Miss USA contest was created in 1952 and crowned the first African American contestant — Carole Anne-Marie Gist — in 1990. A year later, Janel Bishop won the Miss Teen USA title, becoming the first African American winner.

LOS ANGELES: In a historic feat, black women have won  Americas all three biggest beauty pageants in 2019.

As per details, the women who simultaneously clinch three pageants included Nia Franklin (25), became Miss America in September, followed last week by Kaliegh Garris (18) as Miss Teen USA and Cheslie Kryst (28) as Miss USA.

Miss America, the oldest of the top three pageants, was created in 1921. Miss USA began in 1950 and Miss Teen USA in 1983.

The experts considering the wins as historic and a blow to  end the competitions decades-long history of racism and bias.

An incredible new record has been set in the world of pageantry. For the first time ever, the winners of Miss USA, Miss America, and Miss Teen USA were all black women. This is a hugely important moment – especially given the fact that women of color were once completely barred from participating in the events.

“Mine is the first generation to have that forward-looking mindset that has inclusivity, diversity, strength and empowered women,” Ms Kryst was reported to have said in her acceptance speech on the day.

Ms Kryst is a civil litigation lawyer from North Carolina who also works pro-bono to reduce unfair sentences for prisoners. She will now represent the US in the Miss Universe pageant.

The reigning Miss America, Ms Franklin, is an opera singer who also works with the Sing for Hope charity to promote accessibility of the arts and social change.

Teen winner Ms Garris and Ms Kryst have both also been praised for opting to wear their natural hair in the pageants.

2020 presidential hopeful Senator Kamala Harris, whose father is Jamaican, shared her support on Instagram, saying: “What a tremendous moment for these young, successful women making their own path, on their own terms.”

LOS ANGELES: In a historic feat, black women have won  Americas all three biggest beauty pageants in 2019.

As per details, the women who simultaneously clinch three pageants included Nia Franklin (25), became Miss America in September, followed last week by Kaliegh Garris (18) as Miss Teen USA and Cheslie Kryst (28) as Miss USA.

The experts considering the wins as historic and a blow to  end the competitions decades-long history of racism and bias.

“Mine is the first generation to have that forward-looking mindset that has inclusivity, diversity, strength and empowered women,” Ms Kryst was reported to have said in her acceptance speech on the day.

Ms Kryst is a civil litigation lawyer from North Carolina who also works pro-bono to reduce unfair sentences for prisoners. She will now represent the US in the Miss Universe pageant.

The reigning Miss America, Ms Franklin, is an opera singer who also works with the Sing for Hope charity to promote accessibility of the arts and social change.

Teen winner Ms Garris and Ms Kryst have both also been praised for opting to wear their natural hair in the pageants.

2020 presidential hopeful Senator Kamala Harris, whose father is Jamaican, shared her support on Instagram, saying: “What a tremendous moment for these young, successful women making their own path, on their own terms.”


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