Garris is the first winner since to wear a natural hairstyle at the pageant. Speaking to Refinery29, Garris said she started relaxing her hair at the age of 6, but was later inspired by a friend to go natural. Read more: A reporter in Florida is celebrating wearing braids for the first time after being on air for a decade.
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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.
Credit: Frank L. 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.
Skip navigation! Story from Beauty. As each competitor took her turn in the stylist's chair before the Miss Teen USA pageant, Kaliegh Garris put the finishing touches on her own curls, picking out the coils and scrunching in shine serum.
The competition served as the second consecutive time that the pageant has been held concurrently with the Miss USA competition. For the first time, both the preliminary and final competitions were held on the same day. Prior to the final competition, the delegates competed the preliminary competition, which involved private interviews with the judges and a presentation show where they competed in athletic wear and evening gown.
Kryst, 28, will now advance to the Miss Universe competition. The oldest of the three pageants is Miss America, which dates back to the early s but only began accepting women of color in the s. Cheryl Browne became the first black women to participate in and Vanessa Williams was crowned the first black Miss America in
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Prior to the final telecast the delegates compete in the preliminary competition, which involves private interviews with the judges and a presentation show where they compete in swimsuit and evening gown. During the final competition, the semi-finalists are announced and go on to compete in swimsuit and evening gown. From to all semi-finalists also competed in an interview competition as well as both swimsuit and evening gown, followed by one or two final interview questions.
The year-old Connecticut native says she feels "more confident" rocking her natural hair. The year-old Connecticut native showed off her natural curls as she tearfully accepted the crown. Garris, who took home the title for Miss Connecticut Teen USA in January, held hands and swapped encouraging smiles with Vogel as they waited for the winner to be announced.