Have you ever heard this phrase before: Black is Beautiful!
2019 winds up to be a pretty amazing year for black women in pageants.
For the first time ever, crowns of the five major beauty pageants: Miss Teen USA, Miss USA, Miss America, Miss Universe,and most recently Miss World are all held by black women.
The Trans community was not left out also as Jazell Barbie Royale made history in March. Emerging the first black woman to win Miss International Queen, a beauty pageant for transgender women all around the world.
Miss Teen USA
The 37th Miss Teen USA pageant was held at the Grand Sierra Resort in Reno, Nevada, USA on April 28, 2019.
Out of the 51 candidates from the District of Columbia and the 50 US states, 18years old Kaliegh Garris from Connecticut was crowned Queen on her very first try.
Sharing a lot of similarities with Miss Teen USA, the 68th Miss USA pageant was also held at the Grand Sierra Resort in Reno, Nevada on May 2, 2019.
51 candidates, 15 top finalists, ultimately Cheslie Kryst of North Carolina wore the tiara at the end of the event. Kryst went on to represent the United States at Miss Universe 2019 finishing 10th.
After multiple attempts in pageantry, the 28 year old Attorney and daughter of a former beauty queen broke the record as the oldest Miss USA ever.
This year, the competition was quite unique and more liberal in its approach as contestants are not judged based on their physical appearances but talent and mental acuity. The ladies are also allowed to choose their own type of clothing, rather than the conventional evening gowns.
At Boardwalk Hall, Atlantic City, New Jersey, 26 year old Nia Franklin (Miss New York) got crowned winner of the pageant’s 92nd edition.
The newly launched expansive Tyler Perry Studios in Atlanta, Georgia, United States played host to the 68th Miss Universe pageant. Held on December 8, 2019.
Contestants from 90 countries and territories participated in this year’s competition. At the finals, 26-year-old Zozibini Tunzi, Miss South Africa was crowned the winner of Miss Universe 2019.
Tunzi, “the Queen on short hair” opened up on the pressure she faced from others to change her hair style during the course of the competition. However, she was of the view to challenge how people have perceived beauty in the pageant.
18 years after Agbani Darego of Nigeria won the competition in 2001, another black beauty wears the crown.
The 69th edition of the Miss World pageant was held on December 14, 2019 at the ExCeL London in London.
Toni-Ann Singh, 23-year-old Jamaican medical student took home the crown out of a whopping 111 entrants. Her victory made it Jamaica’s fourth Miss World title, and first since 1993.
Miss Nigeria’s reaction to Toni-Ann’s win was an highlight of the event which broke the internet. Nyekachi Douglas, who placed fifth, jumped and screamed with joy when the winner was announced.
Congratulations to all the Beauty Queens on their well deserved victories.