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Whether in a Southern Law t-shirt with jeans and a ponytail, out in the community with banner and crown in tow, or on a stage adorned in an elaborate gowns with full hair and makeup, this superhero is always ready to conquer the world. Not your average beauty queen, Ebonee dedicates her life to academics, community service, and leadership. She has a Bachelors of Criminal Justice from LSU – Shreveport, and currently attends Southern University Law Center in Baton Rouge, LA where she is pursuing her Juris Doctor degree. Ebonee Rhodes currently reigns as Miss Black Louisiana U.S. and Miss Louisiana Black International.

Real Name: Ebonee Rhodes

Alter Ego: Ebonee Joy

Locale: Baton Rouge, LA

Ordinary Role: I am a third year law student at Southern University Law Center.

Secret Powers: To bring happiness and encouragement to others. I use my service to the community as a tool to strengthen those who may need support in the pursuit of their dreams.

Incognito Aesthetic: Contagious SMILE.  It is my way of giving a piece of my heart to everyone that I meet.

Superhero’s Creed: As a diamond, you can never truly be polished if you are bothered by every rub.

A recent test: Learning to appreciate the beauty of where God has placed me at this time in my life. Life is a journey, but we must learn to be grateful for each stop along the way to our destiny.

Putting Your Powers to Use: I have the privilege of having two amazing titles – Miss Black Louisiana U.S. and Miss Louisiana Black International. These titles allow me to use my life to serve my community. I volunteer with Relay for Life, Louisiana Special Olympics, the Sickle Cell Anemia Association and several HIV/AIDS campaigns. I also volunteer by going into Louisiana public schools and reading to students.

Additionally, a personal initiative that is close to my heart is my “True Beauty” mentoring program which encourages young women to love the beautiful persons that God has created them to be, accept their individuality, and to not alter their self-esteem based on what the media portrays as “beautiful.” My life is all about service.

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