Black Girls for the win! Black women for the win yet again. Breaking boundaries and redefining the beauty standard!
The Charlotte, NC native is also a former record-setting Division I athlete whose passions include blogging about workplace style at White Collar Glam and volunteering at Dress For Success to supply low-income women with professional attire. Fun fact: Her mom also won Mrs. During Nia's freshman year of undergrad, her father was diagnosed with non-Hodgkins lymphoma.
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Kryst, 28, will now advance to the Miss Universe competition. The oldest of the three pageants is Miss America, which dates back to the early s but only began accepting women of color in the s. Cheryl Browne became the first black women to participate in and Vanessa Williams was crowned the first black Miss America in She was later forced to resign her post after nude photos emerged toward the end of her reign.
Their best placement was inand when Peggy Blackwell, Melissa Lingafelt and Emily Wakeman placed first runner-up respectively. North Carolina's greatest success came from the mids to early s. Their most recent placement came inwhen Emily Wakeman placed first runner-up.
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Credit: Frank L. 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.
After getting into pageantry at 10 years old, an age Hansley said is a little late for beauty contests, she won her first pageant when she was crowned Junior Miss Wilmington. From there, the now year-old was hooked, and went on to win numerous pageants in the ensuing years. But, according to Hansley, as much as she enjoys the traveling and perks that come with being on the pageant circuit, what she enjoys the most is the opportunity to help others, giving back to those in need. The Bomb Squad operates by holding a fundraiser each year, raising money to support the Miracle League of Wilmington.
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The year-old North Carolina resident is now one of three African-American women currently holding major titles on the pageant circuit. Kryst has her master's in business and her juris doctor from Wake Forest. She works as an attorney for Charlotte firm Poyner Spruillfocusing on complex civil litigation. Her work inspired her to start a style site for professional women called White Collar Glam.