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.

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

The new Miss USAs comments about #MeToo might irritate the pageants former owner

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.

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.

Toward the end of the pageant, the contestant was asked whether the #MeToo and #TimesUp movements had gone too far, a question that could potentially lead to apologies and backpedalling. Instead, Kryst answered it with poise, grace, and tact—and without mincing words.

“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

3 Black Women Win Miss USA, Miss Teen USA and Miss America for 1st Time in Pageant History

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

Last Thursday North Carolina lawyer Cheslie Kryst was named 2019 Miss USA, creating a historic triumverate alongside 2019 Miss Teen USA Kaliegh Garris of Connecticut, and 2019 Miss America Nia Franklin, an opera singer from New York.

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.

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

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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