3 Black Women Emerge Winners Of Miss America, Miss Teen USA and Miss USA For the First Time

America’s top pageants have broken racial barriers in recent decades as three women emerged beauty queens as Miss America, Miss Teen USA and Miss USA

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 in September.

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.


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