There She Is, Miss America: Notable Black Miss Americas And Miss USAs

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June 21, 2013 ‐ By Kelly Franklin

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Don’t we all root for the black, tight bodied participants parading around in the most glamorous of swimsuits in the Miss America or Miss USA pageants? It’s like if they win, we win in that moment of recognition that black is indeed beautiful, intelligent, and talented.

These ladies have been prepped for pageantry life since wee little tots, having mastered the stiff gait in high heels and signature back and forth wave of the hand while cheesing, white teeth-y grins. Hair is grand and styled to perfection and designer costumes cling to them like glove to hand. Lets look at 15 of these lovely black ladies who’ve held the title of Miss America or Miss USA.

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  • ms jonica

    Where is Halle Berry at didn’t she win the crown

  • Lekeathia Johnson

    Let’s not forget Suzette Charles, Vanessa L. Williams’ 1st runner-up who took the over the title after Ms. Williams resigned, Kimberly Aiken, Miss America 1994, Erika Harold, Miss America 2003, and Rachel Smith, Miss USA 2007.

    • Smooth

      Who in the hell remembers Suzette Charles she was only miss america for 7 weeks. She is not even worth mentioning. In addition, the miss america organization already has recognized Vanessa Williams as Miss America 1984! She is and always will be the winner period!!

  • Tracey Ratchford

    Kenya must’ve wrote her own bio… and she had some small roles no starring role alongside Denzel or any other leading men.. and RHWOA!!! Was already a hit before she showed up..

  • kierah

    Nana Meriwether was the 1st runnerup. That’s how she got the title.

    • clttlc123

      If you mention Nana, Suzette Charles, the runner-up to Vanessa Williams, who assumed the crown after she stepped down.

  • WeekzTC

    More importantly…Ms. Angola and Universe, Leila Lopes….mmmmmmhmmm

    • Wow

      Leila is from Angola and this is about America’s beauty queens.

  • Do y’all even hire editors?

    Vanessa Williams’ photos weren’t in Playboy, they were in Penthouse. Get your facts straight before publishing the story.