History was officially made when all three pageant winners were black women
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.
Let’s meet our newly crowned winners and history makers. Cheslie Kryst, who was crowned Miss USA, is a civil litigation attorney and works pro bono to help prisoners who have been unfairly sentenced to long terms in prison. When asked how she would define her generation, she gave a moving answer about the positive change she’s seeing in America.
“I’m standing here in Nevada, in the state that has the first female majority legislature in the entire country,” she said, per the Associated Press. “Mine is the first generation to have that forward-looking mindset that has inclusivity, diversity, strength and empowered women. I’m looking forward to continued progress in my generation.”
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God deserves all the thanks and praise for this incredible and life-changing moment. Last night was so surreal that I keep waiting to wake up. Thank you to everyone who has supported me over the years, thanks to my friends and family who flew all the way to #RenoTahoe just to be there for me, and thanks to everyone who has sent me a text, DM, Facebook message, email, or called me. It is a blessing to have so much support from you all and I promise I’ll do my level best to respond to each one of you. I’m on my way to New York now to move into my new apartment and I couldn’t be more thrilled and grateful. I’m Miss USA 2019, Cheslie Kryst.
Kaliegh Garris took home the title of Miss Teen USA and gave an incredible platform to disability awareness while she was at it. The 18-year-old founded We Are People 1st initiative, which aims to teach young people how to “respectfully discuss/speak to people with a health issue or disability.”
Also, there’s no way you will not smile looking at the picture of her winning her crown. “I am honestly in awe and can’t wait to show the USA what I’ve got,” she wrote on Instagram. “I am ready to spread the message of the Miss Universe Organization, the Five Crown family and my message of People First Language.”
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This picture says it all. I am so honored and blessed to announce I am your 2019 Miss Connecticut Teen USA! I don’t even know how to thank all of those who got me to where I am today. To all of my friends and family that have showed me so much love and support, I will never forget your kind words and how each one of you individually have gave me something that I can use as a tool to help me grow more and more each day. My fellow contestants are unbelievably beautiful and intelligent young ladies. My weekend would not have been filled with so much joy without them. Thank you to the judges who also have blessed me with this opportunity to represent Connecticut. I am honestly in awe and can’t wait to show the USA what I’ve got! I am ready to spread the message of the Miss Universe Organization, the Five Crown family and my message of People First Language. I promise I will make you all proud and will represent this title with poise, beauty, and most importantly, confidence.💕#roadtomissctteenusa #missctteenusa #confidentlybeautiful
Last, but definitely not least, was Nia Franklin who was crowned Miss America. She’s an opera singer who works with the nonprofit Sing For Hope, which helps transform lives through the power fo the arts.
“It is important to little brown and black girls to see three strong figures, three strong women, African-American women that are doing so much great work,” Franklin said, after all of the women were crowned. “People will argue that race doesn’t matter. But race does matter in America, because of the history, because of slavery.”
People took to Twitter to celebrate these women and this amazing moment in history.
— Rep Frederica Wilson (@RepWilson) May 5, 2019
As a past beauty pageant contestant myself, this news fills my heart with so much joy. Congrats to @MissUSA #CheslieKryst, Miss Teen USA #KalieghGarris, and @MissAmerica #NiaFranklin. You are ALL deeply inspiring, and I am thrilled to celebrate you!! https://t.co/nYNWtGmXHc
— Halle Berry (@halleberry) May 5, 2019
For the first time ever Miss USA, Miss Teen USA and Miss America are all Black women👸🏾 pic.twitter.com/mKwS8j8nOJ
— Blk Girl Culture (@blkgirlculture) May 3, 2019
For the first time in history, Miss USA, Miss America, and Miss Teen USA are all beautiful, educated black women. An attorney, an aspiring nurse, and an arts advocate. These inspiring woman show me and everyone else that we can do anything beyond limits placed on us by others. pic.twitter.com/1xEcELqd1x
— Madison Woods (@madisonmwoods) May 3, 2019
So many congratulations to three really amazing, inspiring women.