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Huge congratulations are in order for 18-year-old Kaliegh Garris who won the title of Miss Teen USA on Sunday, April 28th. The Connecticut native accepted her crown with a big smile and an even bigger head of beautiful, natural curls. In a hot pink dress, Garris stood across from Miss North Dakota and waited as her name was announced as the winner of the competition.

When asked about how it feels to win Miss Teen USA she exclaimed, “It’s crazy because you know, you have self-doubt during the competition because there are so many great people. I got in a really good mood before going out on stage for finals and I’m just so happy with the support system that I have.

Garris has a dual-enrollment at Joseph A. Foran High School and the Educational Center for the Arts where she majors in theater. When she is not in school, she can be found performing on stage as a competitive dancer. Beyond her academics, she is also the founder of “We Are People First,” a personal movement she started in honor of her older sister who has multiple disabilities.

Garris looks like a woman we need to watch! Not only is she empowering others with her advocacy, she is inspiring girls all over the world to rock their natural hair, no matter the platform. We have recently seen a spike of women showing off their natural tresses in efforts to stay connected to their natural beauty. During a time where the professionalism of natural hair is being questioned, it is great to see women show it off confidently and unapologetically.


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