America’s top pageants have broken racial barriers in recent decades as
three women emerged beauty queens as Miss America, Miss Teen USA and
Last week, for the first time, black women wore the crowns of all three
major pageants simultaneously.
Cheslie Kryst, 28, won the Miss USA contest, and Kaliegh Garris, 18, won Miss Teen USA. They joined Nia Franklin, 25, who was crowned as the 2019 Miss America
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.