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. I'm looking forward to continued progress in my generation," said Kryst, after accepting her crown.
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Getty Images. Beauty pageants early in their histories, some dating back to the s, barred women of color from participating. Even after organizations began changing their rules to accept women of all races, there was still a lingering frustration and opposition to join.
So this happened last night Garris, a Connecticut high school senior, was crowned Sunday and plans to attend college to pursue her dreams of becoming a nurse. Franklin, who won her competition in Septemberis a classically trained opera singer who represented New York in the pageant. Black women pageant winners are fairly new to the historically elite competitions.
When Cheslie Kryst of North Carolina became Miss USA in May, her victory represented more than a personal achievement: It marked the first time black women held all three major pageant titles simultaneously. Senator and presidential hopeful Kamala Harris D-Calif. The milestone was also a much-needed bright spot for the pageant organizations, both of which have faced controversy in recent years.
Beauty pageants early in their histories, some dating back to the s, barred women of color from participating. Even after organizations began changing their rules to accept women of all races, there was still a lingering frustration and opposition to join. Only in the last 50 years have black women become more prevalent in these competitions.
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Vanessa Williams became the first Black woman to win the Miss America title in Last week, for the first time, black women wore the crowns of all three major pageants simultaneously. 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.
Music was provided by the Gulf Coast Teen Orchestra for the third consecutive year. This was the third of five years that the pageant was held in Biloxi, and it was interrupted by the effects of Hurricane Andrew which devastated Florida and the Gulf Coast over the period the pageant was held. Prior to the pageant, evacuation plans were in place for the pageant to evacuate to Mobile, Alabama or Jackson, Mississippi if weather conditions deteriorated.